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Di­rec­tor and co-writer Danny Boyle’s lat­est film cen­ters on out­door ad­ven­turer Aron Ral­ston’s 2003 mishap in the slot canyons near Hanksville, Utah. When a boul­der pinned his arm against a cliff face, Ral­ston (played by James Franco) am­pu­tated his limb with a dull knife in or­der to sur­vive. This slick imag­in­ing down­plays the horror of the story and blunts its im­pact, but Franco’s bold per­for­mance and some thought­ful writ­ing over­come the chal­lenge of film­ing such dif­fi­cult ma­te­rial. Rated R. 94 min­utes.

Re­gal DeVargas, Santa Fe. (Robert B. Ker)

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