On video soon: '127 Hours' an incredible tale of survival

Feb 24 2011 - 11:03pm


Capsule reviews, by Standard-Examiner movie critic Steve Salles, of next Tuesday's releases:

127 HOURS **** (R) Language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images. Aron Ralston (James Franco) had his arm trapped under a boulder in Utah's Canyonlands. He didn't tell anyone where he was going. He had some tough decisions to make. He made them and they weren't pretty. Still, it's an incredible story of survival and one of 2010's best films. 94 minutes.

LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS ** 1/2 (R) Strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway team up again in this love story that centers on the world of pharmaceuticals. It's the dawn of Viagra, which would revolutionize the impotency industry. When it focused on that, it was interesting. When it turned into "Love Story," it felt way too familiar. I know "love means never having to say you're sorry," but someone owes me an apology for taking a clever idea and turning it into a basic, paint-by-numbers romance. 113 minutes.

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Also being released:

DINOSAURS 3-D: GIANTS OF PATAGONIA (Not rated) Since the discovery of the very first fossil, dinosaurs have captured the imagination. They are the planet's greatest mystery. How is it that these enormous, majestic beasts could have simply disappeared from the surface of the planet?

MY GIRLFRIEND'S BACK (PG-13) Sexual situations, profanity. This romantic comedy is about a man whose life is turned upside down by an unexpected visit from an ex. Suddenly, the sanity and security of his present life seem like a distant memory as he delves into a journey through the craziness of his past. 81 minutes.

TRIANGLE FIRE (Not rated) This documentary examines a horrific fire that killed 146 factory workers when it engulfed the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City on March 25, 1911. 60 minutes.

Steve Salles can be reached at films@standard.net.

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