The pick of the week is Danny Boyle’s latest, 127 Hours, starring James Franco as adventurer Aron Ralston. Though it didn’t pick up any Academy Awards this past weekend, it still won the love of Criticker users. Further down on the quality scale, Anne Hathaway messes around under the covers with Jake Gyllenhaal in Love and Other Drugs. Hmm, it’s just coincidental that the two Oscar hosts have new DVDs available right after the ceremony, right?
Based on the real life story of canyoneer Aron Ralston, who in 2003 was forced to self-amputate his arm after being stranded and pinned underneath a boulder inside of Bluejohn’s Canyon in Utah. 127 Hours @ Amazon
Love and Other Drugs – Average Tier 4.14
Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Love and Other Drugs @ Amazon
Faster – Average Tier 3.99
On the very day he’s released from a 10-year prison sentence, convicted bank robber Driver (Dwayne Johnson) hits the streets to take revenge on the men who bungled the job that got him busted and his beloved brother killed. But close on Driver’s tail are a driven cop (Billy Bob Thornton) on the one hand and a flamboyant contract killer (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) on the other. Faster @ Amazon
15 years ago, Ben Walker left his girlfriend and his ministry calling for a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying career and a trophy fiancé, he is visited by an angel, who gives him a glimpse into what his life would look like had he followed his calling. What If… @ Amazon