Rush, In A World, White House Down: this week's new films

Rush | In A World | White House Down | The Artist And The Model | Borrowed Time | Insidious: Chapter 2 | 42 | Class Tous Risques | Justin And The Knights Of Valour | Sir Billi | Grand Masti

Rush (15)
(Ron Howard, 2013, US/Ger/UK) Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde. 122 mins

In the tyre tracks of Senna comes another Formula One thrill ride, dramatising the Hunt vs Lauda rivalry that peaked in 1976. And again, it's hard to resist, even for non-fans. There's track action aplenty but the core is a clash of opposites: Hunt the debonair playboy vs Lauda the cold calculator (Brühl is terrific). To watch, it's more of a Hunt: playing fast and loose with the facts, but easy enough on the eye to get away with it.

In A World… (15)
(Lake Bell, 2013, US) Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins. 93 mins

Bell creates a fine showcase for her own versatility with this satire of the cut-throat (or at least sore-throat) Hollywood voiceover industry. Her rivalry with her father is one of myriad work, family and romantic issues that add up to a satisfying screwball scenario.

White House Down (12A)
(Roland Emmerich, 2013, US) Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx. 131 mins

Serial blower-upper Emmerich brings his special effects kit to bear on a presidential siege thriller that plays out predictably like a dumbed-down version of Die Hard.

The Artist And The Model (12A)
(Fernando Trueba, 2012, Spa/Fra) Jean Rochefort, Aida Folch, Claudia Cardinale. 105 mins

Handsome but old-fashioned tale of man's artistic endeavour and woman's unclothed role in it, set in wartime France.

Borrowed Time (15)
(Jules Bishop, 2012, UK) Phil Davis. 88 mins

Haphazard youth comedy that's more Inbetweeners than Kidulthood, as an inept hoodie burglar strikes up a friendship with his would-be victim.

Insidious: Chapter 2 (15)
(James Wan, 2013, US) Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey. 105 mins

Saw merchant Wan consolidates his new horror franchise, though this is more ghost train than torture porn, with supernatural forces spooking a happy family.

42 (12A)
(Brian Helgeland, 2013, US) Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford. 128 mins

The story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American in Major League baseball, rendered as a standard sports biopic.

Classe Tous Risques (12A)
(Claude Sautet, 1960, Fra) Lino Ventura, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Sandra Milo. 110 mins

Criminally neglected crime thriller, in which Ventura's exiled thug is looking to return home via "one last job".

Justin And The Knights Of Valour (PG)
(Manuel Sicilia, 2013, Spa) Freddie Highmore, Saoirse Ronan, Antonio Banderas. 96 mins

Second-tier Spanish-made kids' fantasy aping Shrek and Brave, with many celebrity voices.

Sir Billi (U)
(Sascha Hartman, 2012, UK) Sean Connery. 76 mins

Connery plays an action-hero vet in Scotland's first animation – don't hold your breath for the second.

Grand Masti (15)
(Indra Kumar, 2013, Ind) Ritesh Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani. 135 mins

Horny married men seek sex in Bollywood's answer to American Reunion.

Out from Friday

The Blueblack Hussar

Documentary on Adam Ant's comeback.

Out from Tue

Def Leppard Viva Hysteria

The metal band play live.

Out from Thu


Naomi Watts reconstructs the princess's secret love affair.

Metro Manila

Intense Filipino crime thriller from Britain's Sean Ellis.

Cold Comes The Night

Bryan Cranston gets nasty in this kidnap thriller.


Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds take policing beyond the grave.

Kelly + Victor

Scousers in a dangerous liaison.


The physicist narrates his own life story.

The Call

Halle Berry on the line to rescue an abducted girl.


Timely doc on kids and the web.


A hard-nosed 1970s cop takes on Tyneside lawlessness.


Documentary on the 1988 Olympic men's 100m scandal.

Phata Poster Nikla Hero

Shahid Kapoor leads a Hindi cop comedy.

Coming soon

In two weeks... Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine… Jake Gyllenhaal in true-life kidnap thriller Prisoners

In three weeks... Sex addicts speak in Thanks For Sharing… James McAvoy wallows in Irvine Welsh's Filth

In a month... The 'Batch does Assange for The Fifth Estate… Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan relight their love in Le Week-End


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