This week’s new DVDs cover everything from falling in love to the will to survive.
“Love and Other Drugs,” Grade A-minus: A woman (Anne Hathaway) trying to keep her independence falls for a charming pharmaceutical salesman (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Director Ed Zwick, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Randolph, doesn’t go for the blatant romantic approach. Zwick knows falling in love is more than having a “meet-cute” story.
“127 Hours,” Grade B-plus: A man (James Franco) faces the reality that the only way he can survive an accident is to cut off his own arm.
Because 90 percent of the film takes place with the main character trapped by a large stone, director Danny Boyle had to find a way to keep what’s essentially a one-man play — where his actor is confined to a space the size of a coffin — interesting.
He accomplishes this through Franco’s Oscar-worthy performance.
“Faster,” Grade C: A man (Dwayne Johnson) leaves prison determined to avenge the murder of his brother.
Director George Tillman Jr. never finds an interesting way to intertwine three stories, leaving the tale of justice and injustice disjointed and disappointing.
“Burlesque,” Grade B): A club owner (Cher) is about to lose her business until a young girl from Iowa (Christina Aguilera) arrives looking for work.
The script by director/writer Steve Antin is a cliche-riddled mess. Antin stages the musical numbers with enough flash, dash and pizzazz to distract from the thin story line.