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Film Guide > Closing Night

LIFE ITSELF

Roger Ebert was one of the world's most prominent and influential film critics until his death from thyroid cancer in 2013. Based on Ebert's 2011 memoir of the same name, acclaimed filmmaker Steve James paints a vivid portrait of the critic from his beginnings as a precocious student journalist to his Pulitzer Prize®-winning career at The Chicago Sun-Times and his stint as an unlikely TV star opposite rival critic Gene Siskel. Through all of the hills and valleys of his fascinating life, one thing was always clear: Ebert had a genuine love of movies and always championed films and filmmakers he believed in. With a refreshingly accessible style, Ebert was one of the most significant voices in film criticism, even long after cancer robbed him of his physical voice. Rather than fade into the background as his illness took hold, Ebert used innovative methods to remain a relevant presence in the film world despite the challenges that stood in his path. – AP

SCREENINGS

Saturday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
Portrait Gallery
ON STANDBY

FILM DETAILS

Director: Steven James
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time (minutes): 118
Language: ENGLISH Film Guide Features