RUSH: Beyond The Lighted Stage
106 minutes | Canadian Premiere | Rating: PG
One of rock’s most influential bands, Rush ranks third-behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones-for the most gold and platinum albums. Yet despite international popularity and reverence from fellow musicians, they remain slighted by critics and ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are the world’s biggest cult band. Filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn are becoming masters of the music doc, and here have constructed a rock-solid, absorbing, and seamless survey of Rush’s astounding 40-year career. The testimonials from famous fans-Billy Corrigan, Kirk Hammett, and Jack Black among them-are engaging, astute, and often hilarious. The archival footage is spectacular (Geddy, those outfits!) and, most important, the soundtrack and live concert footage remind us why Rush continues to be a singular phenomenon and Canadian icons: their music is virtuoso, timeless, amazing. - Sean Farnel
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