Having treated the man who put life online — Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg — screenwriter Aaron Sorkin now turns his attention to the man who put it into the machine. (Not for nothing is the Apple co-founder so desperate to have the Mac say "Hello" at its unveiling.) Once again, the result is not a biopic, but an opportunity for Sorkin to use a famous person as fodder for a fiction about a man who uses technology to make up for his inability to deal with life in general and people in particular. The Social Network's Zuckerberg longed for social status and an understanding girlfriend; Steve Jobs' Jobs wants "end-to-end control," something he was denied from the very beginning, plus the freedom to never look back. Sorkin and his word-winging are the point here: the walk-and-talks and occasional flashbacks aside, director Danny Boyle has a highly structured backstage play on his hands, and it doesn't give him much room to move. And while Michael Fassbender gives Jobs an air of icy assurance in his peer-to-peer dealings, he can't quite sell the constant shifts in his relationship with daughter Lisa. Or rather, Sorkin can't. With Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Bill Pullman. (2015) — Matthew Lickona
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