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(M) Michael Fass­ben­der plays the leg­endary com­puter ge­nius in this in­ge­niously con­structed film by di­rec­tor Danny Boyle and screen­writer Aaron Sorkin, which un­folds over just three oc­ca­sions — in 1984, 1988 and 1998 — when Jobs was launch­ing a new and ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated prod­uct. Most of the drama un­folds back­stage as the film ex­plores the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life of the man with a cast that in­cludes Kate Winslet, Seth Ro­gen and Sarah Snook.

Room (M) In­spired by the crimes of Aus­trian man Josef Fritzl, Room, based on the novel by Ir­ish-Cana­dian writer Emma Donoghue, tells the story of a young woman who is im­pris­oned in a mod­i­fied gar­den shed some­where in sub­ur­bia. She is 24, has ex­isted in this space for seven years and has a five-year-old son, Jack, fa­thered by her cap­tor on one of his reg­u­lar vis­its to rape and tor­ment her. While Jack is only an oc­ca­sional nar­ra­tor in the film, the film’s suc­cess hinges on this dif­fi­cult role. Well, diminu­tive nine-year-old Cana­dian ac­tor Ja­cob Trem­blay is a rev­e­la­tion. He is ut­terly con­vinc­ing. Amer­i­can ac­tress Brie Lar­son has re­ceived an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for her finely bal­anced per­for­mance and it’s well de­served. Yet to my mind the real dis­ap­point­ment of this year’s Academy Awards is that Trem­blay has not joined the se­lect list of un­der-10-year-old Os­car nom­i­nees. There’s no deny­ing that Room starts from a dark place, but that does not nec­es­sar­ily make it a bleak film.

Spot­light (M) Tom McCarthy’s riv­et­ing film fol­lows a team of in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists for The Bos­ton Globe as they delve into the ac­tiv­i­ties of pe­dophile priests in the Bos­ton arch­dio­cese and talk to their vic­tims. There are strong per­for­mances from a fine cast that in­cludes Michael Keaton, Rachel McA­dams, Mark Ruf­falo and Liev Schreiber, and the film suc­cess­fully avoids hys­te­ria in favour of a metic­u­lous de­pic­tion of the chal­lenges fac­ing jour­nal­ists when they be­come in­volved in such a vast and sin­is­ter story.

An Evening with Gil­lian Welch Gil­lian Welch and her part­ner Dave Rawl­ings have writ­ten and pro­duced five al­bums since 1996 un­der the Gil­lian Welch ban­ner. Ti­tles such as Hell Among the Year­lings (1998) and The Har­row & the Har­vest

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