The second weekend of the New York Film Festival (of three) brings with it three splashy debuts. Locals will be the first in the world to see “Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg’s latest trip to the past, unearthing the story of how American lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) negotiated with the post-Axis powers mid-Cold War for a trade-off between an American pilot and a Russian spy (theater god Mark Rylance). It boasts a screenwriter credit from Joel and Ethan Coen, which is more than you can say for “Where to Invade Next,” Michael Moore’s latest thumb-in-the-eye of power, which this time finds him, as in “Sicko,” globe-trotting, doing his faux-naif routine while busting up the facade of American exceptionalism.
Then there’s “Steve Jobs,” which tells a tale that has already been told on film twice, though neither was written by Aaron Sorkin (or directed by Danny Boyle). And neither took a bold anti-biopic approach, with only three, lengthy sequences. Trailing Michael Fassbender’s Apple wizard as he mounts three separate tech unveilings, all while dealing with headaches and old nemeses (Seth Rogen’s screwed-over Steve Wozniak, a justifiably angry ex played by Katherine Waterston), each episode is a flurry of scampering around, batted-about Sorkinese and heady ideas, concerning not only Jobs’ temperament but about how his creations forever altered human interaction.