New documentary ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ hits theaters and digital platforms

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‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,’ a provocative documentary that focuses on the dark side of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, is hitting theaters and video-on-demand services today.

The 120-minute documentary is about the impact of Jobs’ work on modern society while cunningly playing off the controversies that had surrounded Jobs’ persona for many years.

The film follows Jobs’ path from a small house in the suburbs, to zen temples in Japan to the CEO’s office of the world’s richest company.

‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ is hitting select theaters in New York, Los Angeles San Francisco and elsewhere in the United States. Deadline reported that only 65 screens in 50 markets will be showing it.

In addition to the silver screen, the film is available for streaming on iTunes (HD rental is $4.99), VUDUXbox Video and The PlayStation Store.

Here’s the official trailer.

The full list of online viewing options are available at the official website.

“Jobs wanted what he wanted and would allow nothing to get in his way, even if what he wished was credit for work done by people who had faithfully supported him,” wrote CBSNews. Directed by Alex Gibney, the flick offers glimpse of a “bold, brilliant and brutal” Steve Jobs, as per the blurb.

That official description, however, did not sit well with Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, who called it “an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend” and ”not a reflection of the Steve I knew.”

The promotional poster for the movie pictures Steve looking directly in the camera and striking the famous pose with his thumb touching his chin.

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“There’s been a lot of hagiography of Steve,” said director Alex Gibney in an interview with Re/code. “I don’t think that does justice to the man. So hopefully people will see it in that context.”

“I’m appalled, really, by his cruelty, and his inability to get outside himself, and to see himself and his company in a broader perspective,” he continued.

The film was produced in partnership with CNN Films and is being released by Magnolia Pictures.

Will you be watching this documentary?