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'The Man in the Machine' takes a bite out of Steve Jobs' life

It's been said that the individual who invented gambling was brilliant but that whoever invented the chip was a genius. Similarly, where the personal computer was concerned, it could be argued that it was the gift of Steve Jobs to have had a strong hand in both halves of the equation.

  • 'We Come as Friends' illuminates big issues by digging deep

    'We Come as Friends' illuminates big issues by digging deep

    Documentarian Hubert Sauper goes where other people don't go, sees what the crowd doesn't see, and creates unsettling, provocative political documentaries that are unlike anyone else's. His latest trip to Africa (following the Oscar-nominated "Darwin's Nightmare") is so audacious that the Sundance...

  • Drama 'Windsor Drive' turns into a dead end

    Drama 'Windsor Drive' turns into a dead end

    Aspiring actor River Miller (Tommy O'Reilly) leaves for Hollywood in hopes of landing a part in the remake of the fictional "Windsor Drive," which lends its title to this film. He also seeks to escape the sad memory of an ex-girlfriend who committed suicide.

  • Dystopian 'Z' fails to deliver at the end

    Dystopian 'Z' fails to deliver at the end

    An intriguing set-up yields a disappointingly ponderous payoff in Craig Zobel's post-apocalyptic drama, "Z for Zachariah."

  • 'Zipper' hits a snag tracking randy politician

    'Zipper' hits a snag tracking randy politician

    Another cautionary yarn about a political hopeful whose adulterous behavior catches up with him, Mora Stephens' "Zipper" hits a snag from the get-go.

  • In 'La Jaula de Oro,' teens chase golden dream of America

    In Spanish-born filmmaker Diego Quemada-Díez's "La Jaula de Oro" (The Golden Dream), about three Guatemalan teenagers making their way to America, the line between constraint and escape is ever shifting, and the promise of a better life up north must always contend with the reality of what it takes...

  • 'Steak (R)evolution' doc goes in search of world's best cut

    'Steak (R)evolution' doc goes in search of world's best cut

    The documentary "Steak (R)evolution" chronicles the quest for the best steak in the world, the hunt undertaken by Franck Ribière, a first-time director with cattle-breeder lineage, and Yves-Marie Le Bourdonnec, a top Parisian butcher profiled by the Wall Street Journal in 2012 and an associate...

  • 'When Animals Dream' an atmospheric Danish werewolf tale

    The crisply barren, beautiful terrain of coastal northern Jutland in Denmark forms the backdrop for Jonas Arnby's first feature, "When Animals Dream," an atmospheric horror story with a compelling main character.

  • 'The Mend' takes a wicked, prickly look at brotherly bonds

    'The Mend' takes a wicked, prickly look at brotherly bonds

    First-time feature writer and director John Magary's virtuosic indie "The Mend," about a pair of oil-and-water brothers in free fall, is by turns opaque, harsh, self-aware, indulgent and wickedly funny. It's never dull, pummeling you with its prickly smarts.

  • 'Unsullied' a thoughtful woman-in-distress thriller

    'Unsullied' a thoughtful woman-in-distress thriller

    When her car breaks down on the way to a track meet, sprinter Reagan Farrow (Murray Gray) gets a lift from two strangers who turn out to be cannibalistic serial killers.

  • 'War Room' an overwrought Bible study class of a drama

    Preachy doesn't begin to describe "War Room," a mighty long-winded and wincingly overwrought domestic drama from Sony's faith-based Affirm Films division.

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