In Life Itself, the poignant documentary based on Roger Ebert’s 2011 memoir, director Steve James focuses on the two faces of the famed Chicago film critic that fans came to know and adore. There’s the rounded cherub who jousted furiously and famously with frenemy Gene Siskel for nearly 25 years on television’s most successful movie-review show. And there’s the fleshy, asymmetrical features he introduced to the world after cancer left him without most of his jaw and robbed him of his voice.
Ebert remained the same thoughtful, eloquent man through it all, and the documentary — which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and opens in theaters and on VOD and iTunes on July 4 — tells the story of a man who loved film and the people who made it, was drawn to others who shared strong opinions, and lived a wonderfully full life that touched millions. READ FULL STORY