Roger Ebert

For a special Independence Day edition of Screen Talk, Indiewire's podcast, chief film critic Eric Kohn and Thompson on Hollywood's Anne Thompson delve into the failings of Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy," wondering if the actress might be better off using her success to make indies instead of big studio comedies. They then turn to another movie opening this weekend, Steve James' "Life Itself," which chronicles the last days of film critic Roger Ebert. Additionally, Thompson shares some personal anecdotes about the late filmmaker Paul Mazursky, who passed away earlier this week.

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