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Review: 'Rush' is a good ride, but not a great one

Review: 'Rush' is a good ride, but not a great one

If the elegant cars of Formula One racing are thoroughbreds, "Rush," the new film set in that world, is more of a mixed breed. When screenwriter Peter Morgan candidly calls this "a British independent film directed by a Hollywood director," he is underlining the movie's frustrations as well as its strengths.

That director would be Ron Howard, who brought his usual brand of crack professionalism to this re-creation of the real life, mid-1970s rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda of Austria and Britain's James Hunt as they both strove for the Formula One championship.

Howard has been especially on target with his choice of actors. Both Chris "Thor"...