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In cinemas this week: Steve Jobs, Anomalisa and The Choice.

Steve Jobs – With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac. Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin and Michael Fassbender make an ace team in this fascinating behind-the-curtain biopic into the human machine of Steve Jobs. Full thoughts at the link. 

Anomalisa – An inspirational speaker (David Thewlis) becomes reinvigorated after meeting a lively woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who shakes up his mundane existence. The animation style is very interesting, the voice-cast incredibly good, and Charlie Kaufman’s (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) address of depression and alienation is uncomfortably direct. But is feels like Kaufman is retreading ideas (mid-life identity crises, human connection through otherworldly forces) albeit with an astonishing new presentation and baffling surreal flourishes. Still not sure what to make of this one, but I appreciate it more than enjoyed it.

The Choice – Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker) is a ladies’ man who thinks a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle. Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) is a feisty medical student who’s preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend. Fate brings the two together as Gabby moves next door to Travis, sparking an irresistible attraction that upends both of their lives. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep the hope of love alive. The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation – so you know what you’re in for. 

Weekly Recommendation – Steve Jobs, for sure. Don’t take the failed US box office and lukewarm reviews to heart, this is an excellent film.