Capturing the rise and fall and rise of Apple’s co-founder and sometime CEO Steve Jobs, director Joshua Michael Stern’s film “Jobs” uses deadpan humor, sharp dramatization, an energetically moving camera and fine-tuned editing to craft a multifaceted portrait. Avoiding the usual hagiography, this biopic foregrounds terrific acting while hitting the familiar highs points of the iconic company’s history.
The title refers to a station along the metro-rail lines of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system. The film, based on a true story, opens in that station with a row of screaming white police officers threatening a row of black men, forced to sit against a wall.
While a delightful dive into soul music, “The Sapphires” has its political side. That just makes this Australian film all the better, for it is not only entertaining, it is also informative. “The Sapphires” teaches an all too recent lesson in segregation and ethnic tidying, if not cleansing. In 1967, Aborigines were classified as flora and fauna.
This is a complex biopic, not easily accessible without your doing some homework. It helps if you've visited the Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Ill. It helps, too, if you've studied the democratic process and know the ambiance of the rough House of Representatives, say, over that of the sedate Senate. Also helpful is an understanding of the parallel lines of the 13th Amendment and the peace treaty that ended our Civil War. "Lincoln" covers these areas while concentrating on Abraham Lincoln, the man of wit and wisdom.