Steve Jobs: Compare and Contrast Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs isn't the only film treatment of the Apple visionary out there. For a more comprehensive (and perhaps confounding) picture of the man, here are two more titles to consider. Plus, a YouTube video of Jobs' 2005 commencement address to the graduates at Stanford University.
How do you compress 56 years of someone's life - someone with a troubling adoption story, someone considered a visionary of the computer age, someone whose products are used by millions every day, someone who embraced Zen and Wall Street with equal ardor, someone who treated friends, family, and colleagues with disdain if not cruelty, someone who died of cancer at the peak of his career - into a two-hour movie?
There are many reasons to recommend Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies: the Cold War brought to life in vivid, disconcertingly timely ways; the quickstep hugger-mugger of G-men in fedoras tailing a foreign agent on the streets of New York; the noirish intrigue of early 1960s East Berlin, with its military checkpoints, its paranoia, its secret police.
He Named Me Malala Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim's inspiring documentary about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for her insistence that she - and all girls - had the right to an education. A polished piece of advocacy filmmaking. PG-13
Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama, opening Friday, comes with the tag "Inspired by true events." Most of those events concern a New York lawyer, James Donovan, played by Tom Hanks, his defense of a captured Russian spy, Rudolf Abel, played by Mark Rylance, and the subsequent negotiations to facilitate the release of Francis Gary Powers, the American spy plane pilot shot down and captured by the Soviets in 1960. It would be a swap: the American for the Russian.
To say that Malala Yousafzai appears wise beyond her years is an understatement of epic scale. The heroine of Davis Guggenheim's rightly deferential documentary, He Named Me Malala, is the youngest person to be accorded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was 17 w
In Time Out of Mind, now at the Ritz Bourse, Richard Gere is homeless, wandering New York City, in and out of shelters, sleeping on subways, trying to hold on to his sanity - and saving his change for beer. Director Oren Moverman, who met Gere when they w
The Martian Matt Damon gives a commanding, often darkly comic performance as an astronaut left for dead by his NASA crewmates when they beat a hasty retreat from Mars. With a limited supply of food and water and no means of communication, he has to figure out how to survive - and how to contact Mission Control - hoping they can bring him home. Stirring, science-rooted stuff from director Ridley Scott; with Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, and Michael Peña. PG-13
As FBI agent Kate Macer, the head of a kidnap-response team based in Phoenix, Emily Blunt has the steady, steely mien of a seasoned veteran, accustomed to working her way through hostage lairs, firearm pointed forward, anticipating, alert.
Robert Zemeckis is trying something beautiful, and perhaps impossible, in The Walk: to reclaim the Twin Towers, taking the World Trade Center edifices back from the nightmarish taint of terrorism, the trauma of 9/11, and celebrating human ambition, and folly, in the process.