Steve Jobs

Lively profile of the computer pioneer and Apple co-founder (Michael Fassbender) who died in 2011 at 56. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin uses three landmark product launches over 14 years to trace Jobs' rise, fall and return as the company's guiding light, and to chart his fraught professional relationships with his long-suffering gal Friday, Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), his longtime collaborator, Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), and sometime Apple CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels). As portrayed in director Danny Boyle's engaging character study, Jobs' personal ties - principally with his ex-girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston), and their daughter, Lisa (Perla Haney-Jardine) - were equally tense. The film's balanced portrait of its protagonist, a volatile and enigmatic genius, reveals his radical shortcomings as a parent but also celebrates his remarkable gifts as a designer and retailer. The vocabulary in Sorkin's script, however, is anything but user friendly for youthful tech fans.

Watch out for: Mature themes, including illegitimacy, a bit of irreverent and sexual humor, about a half-dozen uses of profanity, considerable rough and crude language.

Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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