From Steve Jobs to the godfathers of beat poetry: 3 biopics to watch at Sundance

Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in "jOBS". Photo credit: Glen Wilson

The Sundance Film Festival is in full gear in Park City this week with a phenomenal line-up of films. Here are three buzz worthy biopics premiering at the festival this year, starting with jOBS:

Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs, the beloved visionary and late co-founder of Apple, in "jOBS." The film, which is director Joshua Michael Stern’s third feature film, unfurls the story of Jobs from his beginnings as an unknown college dropout to the birth of Apple and his rise as an iconic technological and cultural figure. Kutcher stars alongside Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J. K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine.

 Kill Your Darlings

L-R: Ben Foster as William Burroughs; Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg; Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr; and Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac. Photo credit: Reed Morano. 

The film unveils the little known story about the murder investigation that brought the the godfathers of beat poetry together as young men. This is the feature directorial debut of John Krokidas (Shame No More; Slo-Mo), starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, and Elizabeth Olsen.


Big Sur

Jean-Marc Barr portrays a troubled Jack Kerouac in Big Sur. Photo credit: Adam Rehmeier.

Overwhelmed by the success of his seminal book, On the Road, Jack Kerouac struggles with depression and alcoholism. He retreats to Big Sur, the coastal California town that inspired his eponymous novel published in 1962. Directed by Michael Polish, the film perches its story during this tumultuous moment in Kerouac’s life and his desire for redemption. Jean-Marc Barr plays Kerouac, alongside Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, and Henry Thomas.

More in Film

"Tricks on the Dead" a film by Jordan Paterson

Vancouver filmmaker premiers "Tricks on the Dead," an epic film about WWI's Chinese labourers

Documentary Filmmaker Jordan Paterson premieres "Tricks on the Dead," a film about the Chinese Labourers in WWI
Frank and the Wondercat. Image courtesy VIFF

VIFF announces 2015 Canadian Images film lineup

Canadian Images Series features 17 films including six world premieres for the Sept. 24-Oct. 9 fest.

Spy antics in 'American Ultra', 'Bikes vs Cars' around the world and a funny man’s beginnings

Also a surreal Canadian musical, a bleak view of millennials and a bland horror film
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.