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Ron Howard recounts the incredible rivalry that formed between Formula One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, detailing how it nearly got one of them killed, but inspired both to greatness. Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth co-star; Howard directs. Read our full review here.
Sports fans will tell you there’s nothing like the adrenaline that pumps through your veins during an incredible game. But movie fans know that if a director is on his game he can get audiences to care about a sport they may never have thought twice about before. In the picks below, you can discover the wonder of Nascar, hockey, and football, and cheer along like a long-time fan.
Days of Thunder (1990) Tom Cruise fronts this fast-paced drama as Cole Trickle, an up-and-coming racer on the NASCAR circuit. But while Cole tends to keep cool under pressure, he loses his head as a rivalry with another racer heats up, leading to a collision that could prove the end of his career. Nicole Kidman co-stars; Tony Scott directs.
Goon (2011) Based on the true story of an unlikely hockey hero, this crass comedy stars Seann William Scott as Doug “The Thug” Glatt, a sweet-hearted bouncer who is not too bright but knows how to brawl. After a bloody fight at a hockey game grabs the notice of the team’s coach, Doug is thrown into the spotlight as a professional goon. But as he makes sense of his role on the team—and how to skate—he is being inevitably pulled to a showdown with the game’s biggest and most merciless bruiser. Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, and Liev Schreiber co-star; Michael Dowse directs.
Friday Night Lights (2006) Never understood what the fuss about football was all about? It doesn’t matter. This beloved Emmy-winning series will tell you all you need to know while weaving a complicated web of stories of the teens and parents of Dillon, Texas, a town completely obsessed with football and in particular the local high school team the Panthers. In case you’ve somehow held out on binge-watching this series, let me assure you it is as good as all your friends say. (Well, season 2 gets wonky, but hang in there.) All five seasons are now streaming. Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton and Aimee Teegarden star.
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