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    Review: 'Life Itself' - Based on Roger Ebert’s Memoirs - Feels Like 3 Films Rolled Into 1

    But it should go without saying that I walked out of the theater knowing more about him than when I walked in.

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    Arthouse Audit: 'Life Itself' Leads New Releases While 'Begin Again' and 'Snowpiercer' Show Life

    Independence Day weekend doesn't tend to be a big specialized release date. In the last six years, only "The Way, Way Back" in 2013 stands out as a significant new release over the holiday. So it isn't surprising that the pickings were modest this year.

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    'Life Itself' Director Steve James Explains Why Roger Ebert Deserved a Documentary

    James spoke with Indiewire about his initial reservations with the material and why not every detail made the cut.

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    Life Itself

    ‘Life Itself’ is the story of a born journalist who had a profound impact on popular culture, and then made an even greater contribution when he was robbed of his ability to speak.

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    Screen Talk 4: from Sublime Ebert Doc 'Life Itself' to McCarthy's Ridiculous 'Tammy'

    In our fourth Screen Talk podcast, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I debate the (dubious) merits of Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy"--is it a bad studio movie or a bad indie movie?--and admire the virtues of Steve James' end-of-life documentary about critic Roger Ebert, "Life Itself."

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    'Life Itself' Director Steve James Gets Up Close with Roger Ebert at the End of His Life (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW)

    Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz enthusiastically embraced the idea of a documentary of his bestselling memoir "Life Itself," and wanted Chicago filmmaker Steve James, whose "Hoop Dreams" Ebert had discovered at Sundance 20 years ago, to direct it.

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    Remembering Roger Ebert…With His Wife Chaz

    What makes ‘Life Itself’ so impressive is the way Roger and Chaz Ebert opened themselves up to documentarian Steve James during and after Roger’s penultimate hospital stay in Chicago.

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    WATCH: [And Weep] As the Film Industry Remembers the Late Roger Ebert, Beloved 'Soldier of Cinema' in "Life Itself" Trailer

    It's about time Magnolia released a trailer for "Life Itself." Marketing strategies aside Ebert's memory belongs just as much to filmgoers as it does to the film industry.

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    Full AFI DOCS Slate Includes Holbrook's 'Twain' Odyssey, 'Overnighters' and Alex Gibney Tribute

    AFI DOCS has unveiled its full 2014 program, a slate of 84 buzzed-about films from 28 countries that will unspool from June 18-22 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, MD.

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    Hamptons SummerDocs to Open with 'Life Itself' and 'Keep On Keepin On'

    Steve James' touching tribute to long-time writer Roger Ebert entitled "Life Itself" has been selected to open this year's 6th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival SummerDocs Series on June 21. "Keep On Keepin On" about the relationship between jazz musician Clark Terry and a young pianist wi...

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