Alex Gibney’s documentary wins the race to be the first Steve Jobs movie to hit theaters for the 2015 fall season. Apple honchos and Jobs fans may well wish it would go away, but there’s no denying that Gibney stocks his adversarial profile of the late hardware genius with an impressive roster of talking heads: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mac designer Bob Belleville, reporter Sherry Turkle, former Jobs soul mate (and mother of his first child) Chrisann Brennan, marketing man Regis McKenna, et al. Or that Gibney pussyfoots the subject. The doc coolly performs a vivisection on the man, the company, the industry, and the way of life, with extreme prejudice and a careful marshaling of details. A personal yet universal view of a man who created machines that changed the world – not especially for the better. Written and directed by Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) (128 min.).
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine