Director Danny Boyle and writer Simon Beaufoy follow up on their Oscar-dominating masterpiece, “Slumdog Millionaire,” with this far more modest, but no less thrilling, true tale about mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who had to amputate a limb after getting trapped under a boulder while climbing in an isolated section of Utah.

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Director Danny Boyle and writer Simon Beaufoy follow up on their Oscar-dominating masterpiece, “Slumdog Millionaire,” with this far more modest, but no less thrilling, true tale about mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who had to amputate a limb after getting trapped under a boulder while climbing in an isolated section of Utah. Like “Slumdog,” the movie is heavy with flashbacks, as Ralston reflects on his life and loves during his dogged fight for survival. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara costar.


SKYLINE


A mysterious light in the sky is vaporizing everyone who ventures outdoors in this sci-fi thriller from Colin and Gregg Strause. Now that’s what I call global warming.


MORNING GLORY


Morning talk shows are lampooned in this trifle from director Roger Michell (“Notting Hill”) about a young, upstart TV executive (Rachel McAdams) trying to corral a serious journalist (Harrison Ford) into agreeing to cohost a fluff-oriented network show alongside a former beauty queen played by Diane Keaton. You wanna bet the hosts don’t get along? Better yet, wanna bet that they reach a mutual understanding? Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum costar.


CLIENT 9


Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney takes an in-depth at the rise and fall of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, whose assault on the corrupt titans of Wall Street made him an enemy to many and a friend to few.


ENTER THE VOID


In what can best be described as the Japanese version of “The Lovely Bones,” a slain young man gets stuck in an in-between world where he keeps watch over his beloved sister, a stripper.


COOL IT


Award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner uses his new documentary to but a calmer spin on global warming, which he acknowledges is occurring, but not nearly at the pace that people like Al Gore claim.


TIBET IN SONG


Ngawang Choephel’s documentary delivers exactly what the title says. The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through songs as varied as their subjects.


UNSTOPPABLE


Denzel Washington teams with director Tony Scott for what seems like the umpteenth time for this done-to-death thriller about a runaway train. The twist is that this choo-choo is carrying enough toxic chemicals to wipe out Hollywood. Not to fear, because Captain Kirk, aka Chris Pine, is assisting Scotty, err, Denzel, at the controls.