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Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

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    The Semiotics of 'Siskel & Ebert'

    The co-host of "Ebert Presents" explains why "At the Movies" worked with Roger Ebert, and couldn't with anyone else.

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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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    The 13 Funniest Lines from Some of Roger Ebert’s Most Scathing Reviews

    "Life Itself" celebrates Roger Ebert as a defender of cinema. Sometimes, that required fighting back against movies that did it wrong.

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    The Sobering, Beautiful Lessons of LIFE ITSELF

    I almost didn’t write this review. This was not because I didn’t appreciate the film at hand, but because a question was nagging at me: What can I bring to this piece that will both serve the work and be memorable for its readers, personal in some sense?

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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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    Watch: Siskel & Ebert's First Full Episode Of 'Opening Soon At A Theater Near You' From 1975

    This week, Steve James' touching, moving portrait of Roger Ebert, "Life Itself," will start rolling out to theatres. The documentary tells the rather incredible life story of the nation's most famous and beloved film critic, the man who both wrote "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls" and won a Pulitzer ...

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    Highlights From 'Life Itself' AMA: Steve James and Chaz Ebert on Favorite Film Critics and the Movies Roger Ebert Would Have Loved

    Roger Ebert's widow and the director of the documentary on his life name the new movies he would hae loved and explain why the critic rated "Benji" higher than "Full Metal Jacket."

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    BOI WEEKLY: This Week's Limited & Indie Releases

    Independence Day for the Indies looks a bit slim as Magnolia's Roger Ebert documentary, "Life Itself", and a 50th anniversary restoration of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" are the only releases of note.

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