Life Itself

Opens Jul 18, 2014

Documentary legend Steve James (The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams) is back with an engrossing warts-and-all portrait of legendary film critic Roger Ebert. James, who started filming with Ebert before his 2013 death, gathers candid testimony from the Pulitzer Prize winner's closest friends and colleagues, who discuss his fascinating career, from his early years working with Russ Meyer on Beyond the Valley of the Dolls to his frequently contentious relationship with fellow critic Gene Siskel.

"Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other." (Scott Foundas, Variety)