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Release Date: July 4th, 2014

R|2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Steve James chronicles the life of film critic Roger Ebert, especially his career highlights, his battle with alcohol, and his sometimes ruthless rivalry with fellow critic Gene Siskel.

Cast: Roger Ebert, Ava DuVernay

Director: Steve James

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Kartemquin Films, Film Rites

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  • Don't miss it. Though Life Itself is a warts-and-all portrait Ebert didn't live to review, my guess is his thumbs would be shooting upward. Mine sure are. show more

  • James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story. show more

  • It isn’t surprising how warm and enjoyable Life Itself is – James is a singularly talented documentarian who literally owes his career to Ebert, and Ebert approached the facts of being filmed the same way he faced films, or for that matter faced anything: With honesty and good humor. show more

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