Synopsis: A documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert.
Release Date: July 4, 2014
Thoughts: Gulp, I got a little teary just watching the trailer for this documentary of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert. Inspired by (and taking the title from) Ebert’s must-read autobiography, Life Itself will probably be required viewing for any casual movie fan and for sure anyone that claims to be a movie critic. Though I didn’t always agree with Ebert’s reviews, I often found myself checking in on what he thought if I was on the fence – a practice I still follow to this day for older movies. Even through his famous clashes with Gene Siskel, I have always respected his style and his willingness to take every movie for face value and report back on his experience. Losing him was a huge blow for film criticism and this documentary looks as reverential as it has every right to be.