[This is a reprint of a review that originally ran in January, at the Sundance Film Festival. Jobs is in theaters today.]

While Steve Jobs changed the world with his innovations and forward thinking, the first biopic about him, Jobs, does not. It is a competent retelling of Jobs’ life, beginning with his college years, and running through the period when he regained control of Apple in the 1990s.

Ashton Kutcher plays the title role and does a good job at making you forget there’s a big star under the beard and glasses. It’s the script by Matt Whiteley, however, where the cracks begin to show. Jobs [the new official spelling of the title] is so hell-bent on cramming all these seminal moments into one film, it never builds much context around them. We never feel like they mean anything or understand the “why” about the big moments. The film loves to tell us things, but never quite explains any in a satisfactory way.

The resulting product is an entertaining but flawed take on the man who co-created Apple. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Jobs had its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Friday night. Read more after the jump Read More »

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Open Road Films pushed Joshua Michael Stern‘s Jobs from April to August in part to give the film more opportunity to be marketed. They’ve used that extra time for a few offbeat stunts, like that 15-second Instagram teaser (the first one ever, the press release boasted), but now they’re returning to the more traditional tactic of releasing a brand-new full-length trailer.

Ashton Kutcher stars as the iconic tech guru, following his life from the very beginnings of Apple Inc. The film received mixed reviews at Sundance, but naturally, the trailer chooses to focus on the positive. That includes an enthusiastic “excellent!” from Germain Lussier at “Splash Film” — which is not something our Germain Lussier said about the film. Awkward. See the video and follow the drama after the jump.

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Steve Jobs didn’t get where he was by doing what everyone else did. He was so invested in coloring outside the lines, in fact, that he actually adopted “think different” as his corporate slogan. So it only makes sense that a movie about him would try to take a fresh approach, too.

Open Road Films has just unveiled a new trailer for Joshua Michael Stern‘s biopic Jobs, but in the spirit of the film’s subject, rather than releasing a traditional promo they’ve put out the first-ever Instagram trailer. It’s not exactly a world-changing revolutionary act, but at least it represents some slight deviation from the norm, right? Hit the jump to check it out, along with a handful of new stills.

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Apple addicts likely have August 16 starred on their iCalendar. That’s when the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad is finally hitting theaters. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, Jobs follows the iconic entrepreneur from his college days up through the creation, decline and eventual revitalization of the Apple brand. It had its world premiere at Sundance to decidedly mixed reviews and the distributor delayed the opening. The film is finally being released, though, and the first trailer has now been revealed. Read More »

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Jobs, the biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, premiered at Sundance earlier this year to mixed reviews. Kutcher’s performance was surprisingly good, but the script was lacking. “Jobs is so hell-bent on cramming all these seminal moments into one film, it never builds much context around them. We never feel like they mean anything,” I wrote. “The film loves to tell us things, but never quite explains any in a satisfactory way.” Looking down the barrel of a quickly approaching Spring release with no real buzz, the distributor decided to delay the film.

Well Jobs, directed by Joshua Michael Stern, is back. Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine, it’ll now open on August 16. Read the press release below. Read More »

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Briefly: Ashton Kutcher made his big bow as Steve Jobs at Sundance, in the film once called jOBS and now wisely re-formatted as Jobs. The film was picked up by Open Road and quickly set for an April 19 limited opening. But audiences are going to have to wait longer to see Kutcher do his best take on the Apple co-founder.

That April date was chosen, presumably, because it is the anniversary of the founding of Apple, though not a particularly sexy one. (The 37th.) The distributor has decided that taking more time to market the film is a good idea. Whether any cuts or other changes will be made remains to be seen. A new date hasn’t been set at this point for the film directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely.

Jobs also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Germain reviewed the film at Sundance, saying it “feels slight because it tries to do too much.” [THR]

Finding the right balance between fact and fiction is a tough trick for any “based on a true story” movie to pull off, but at least the subjects of, say, Lincoln (or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, if you prefer) aren’t actually around to comment on their portrayal. For movies about public figures who are still alive and well, criticism from their real-life subjects often comes with the territory.

Two upcoming biopics about controversial figures have recently come into view, and it appears that the people depicted in them aren’t so thrilled with Hollywood’s versions of events. In a series of emails, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak called Joshua Michael Stern‘s jOBS “totally wrong,” though he expressed his hopes that the film would at least be “fun and entertaining.” Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had much harsher words for Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, which he blasted as a “massive propaganda attack.” Read their comments after the jump.

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Once the initial disbelief at Ashton Kutcher‘s casting in Joshua Michael Stern‘s jOBS wore off, it became apparent that the Two and a Half Men star looked the part of late tech guru Steve Jobs, if nothing else. But there’s a wide gap between mimicking Jobs’ hairstyle and outfits and actually embodying his persona.

Sundance Film Festival attendees will get to see how Kutcher really fares when jOBS makes its world premiere as the Sundance Film Festival’s closing night film later this month, but the rest of us won’t have too much longer to wait either. Open Road Films has just picked up the biopic with plans to release it theatrically this spring. More details after the jump.

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