We saw the new Steve Jobs biopic last night. Questions raised: Why was Steve Jobs such an asshole? Was he an artist or a marketing genius or both? To the second question, I say both. Answers to the first question are explored within the context of his relationships with friends, coworkers, his ex-girlfriend and the daughter he would not fully acknowledge as his own for many years. Good flick. I rate it 89/100.
In 99 Homes, an unemployed construction worker accepts a lucrative job as right-hand man to the predatory real estate broker who evicted his family in the aftermath of the mortgage meltdown. Good story, well-acted with a heavy helping of moral and emotional tension. 91/100
Set in late 1950s to mid 1960s West Germany, Labyrinth of Lies is based on the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. This is a taut, emotionally gripping film about an important chapter in German history, leavened with a love story that felt a little too formulaic for my tastes. 85/100
In Black Mass, Johnny Depp takes on the role of Boston's notorious organized crime boss, James "Whitey" Bulger. Disappointing. 73/100
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays famed Twin Tower wire walker Philippe Petit in The Walk. Meh. I wish it was a film that at least attempted to address the psychological underpinnings of an obsessive desire to engage in such a dangerous stunt. 75/100