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Steve Jobs (15) IN THE first of three sections, Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) prepares to launch the first Mackintosh flanked by marketing executive Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), one of the few people that tolerates his outbursts.

When the computer's voice function glitches, Steve verbally abuses development team leader Andy Hertzfeld (Michael Stuhlbarg).

Apple CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) watches from the wings, bearing witness to the birth of a monster.

In the second chapter, set four years later, Steve continues to clashes with his first girlfriend Chrisann Brennan (Katherine Waterston), who claims that he is the father of her daughter.

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs Bitter defeat turns into sweet personal triumph in the final act as Steve returns to the Apple fold, ousts Sculley from his perch and prepares to dazzle the world with the iMac.

Rivalries simmer and co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) reminds Steve that being in charge doesn't come at the expense of good manners.

Steve Jobs is another artistic triumph for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, while Fassbender lights the fuse on his own Oscar chances with a scintillating portrayal.

The Lady In The VA V N (12A) ALAN BENNETT (Alex Jennings) moves into a house in Camden and is befriended by well-to-do neighbours including opera fans Rufus (Roger Allam) and Pauline (Deborah Findlay), who live opposite, and statuesque Ursula VaughV an Williams (Frances de la Tour). T Soon after, a cantankerous woman called Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith) settles in their street in her ramshackle vehicle and bullies Alan into pushing her transport, when it refuses to start during a downpour.

Heartwarming... Alex Jennings and Dame Maggie Smith When council bureaucracy threatens the old woman's future, the playwright foolishly agrees to let her take up temporary residence on his driveway for a few weeks. Months turn into years and the playwright despairs as he becomes Miss Shepherd's guardian and suffers regular visits from interfering social services worker Miss Briscoe (Cecilia Noble).

When a police officer called W Underwood (Jim Broadbent) begins to harass the old woman late at night, Alan speculates about her former life.

Meanwhile, Miss Shepherd seeks forgiveness for unspoken sins in the confessional of the local priest (Dermot Crowley).

The Lady In The Van is an amus V ing and heart-warming tonic for these cold winter months.


Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Heartwarming... Alex Jennings and Dame Maggie Smith

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 22, 2015
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