Movies of the week: Don Jon and Rush

The feature length directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the amazing true story between the rivalry of two Formula 1 Racing legends are in theaters this week. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon” stars Levitt as a Jon Martello, a young man living a Jersey Shore-esque lifestyle, living it up with his buddies, enjoying the company of the opposite sex and the thrills of viewing online pornography. Life is good for Jon, but it gets better when he meets the sensual Barbara Sugarman, played by Scarlett Johansson, an old-fashioned kind of girl looking for her Prince Charming. Jon finds Barbara’s expectations to be childish, while Barbara finds Jon’s lifestyle vulgar but perhaps it is possible for both to look past what they want out of life and find what they really need in each other.

What am I expecting from “Don Jon”?: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s career has really taken off over the last few years, and he has been known to write and direct before, but this is the first time he is directing a feature length film, which he is starring in as well. “Don Jon” doesn’t look like a revolutionary comedy but Levitt is intelligent when it comes to what he does and I believe that he has assembled something well put together. The main characters of Jon and Barbara look like polar opposites who are attracted to each other and their interaction could be the fodder that drives this comedy. I’m not sure what the supporting cast of Julianne Moore, Tony Danza and Brie Larson bring but I expect “Don Jon” to churn out a couple of laughs at the movies.

Ron Howard’s latest motion picture is “Rush” starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl and Olivia Wilde, is established in the glamorous age of Formula 1 racing. Hemsworth is James Hunt, the smooth English racing veteran who is as successful with women as he is on track. Life is good for Hunt, until Ferrari’s new racer, Niki Lauda, Brühl, bursts onto the scene and threatens Hunt’s reign as the best in the business. The competitiveness between the two sparks a fierce rivalry. The type of rivalry where both sides are willing to put their lives on the line in order to come out on top.

What am I expecting from “Rush”?: I’ve never paid much attention to racing but what sells this movie for me is the reunion of Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan, the mind behind the  Oscar-caliber screenplays such as “Frost/Nixon” and “The Queen.” Also, this looks like Chris Hemsworth’s best performance to date in his career. He has made good when it comes to action/fantasy adventure, when it comes to “Thor” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” but this role of James Hunt, could elevate his status as a capable actor and Daniel Brühl is really starting to emerge as versatile actor. “Rush” is selling the notion of two rivals ready to risk their lives to win and I expect this to be an edgy and fast-paced experience.

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