Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' opens Friday at the Ross

James Franco in 127 Hours
James Franco in 127 Hours

Director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire," "Trainspotting") brings the harrowing story of mountain climber Aron Ralston to the screen in the powerful and compelling film "127 Hours," opening Friday at the Ross. "Lebanon" continues its two-week run through Dec. 9. Showtimes are available at the Ross website, along with ticket information.

"127 Hours" is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of 2008's Best Picture, "Slumdog Millionaire." "127 Hours" is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolate canyon in Utah. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65-foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? "127 Hours" is a visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

The First Lebanon War - June, 1982. A lone tank is dispatched to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israeli Air Force. What seems to be a simple mission gradually spins out of control. Shmuel the gunner, Assi the commander, Herzl the loader and Yigal the driver are the tank's crew, four 20-something boys who have never fought in a war and are now operating a killing machine. Though trying to remain brave, the boys are pushed to their mental limits as they struggle to survive in a situation they cannot contain, and try not to lose their humanity in the chaos of war. Writer-director Samuel Maoz's "Lebanon" is a raw film based on his own experiences as a 20-year-old novice soldier serving in the Israeli army during the 1982 Lebanon war. Using his own vivid recollections to bring us inside an Israeli tank during the first 24 hours of the invasion, Maoz restricts the film's action entirely to the tank's interior and shows us the outside world only as the four young soldiers themselves see it - through the lens of a periscopic gun sight. The cathartic process of writing and directing "Lebanon" allowed Maoz to finally free himself of the events that he had experienced 25 years earlier.

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