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An eye on the unconventional: 'Life Itself,' 'Citizenfour'

An eye on the unconventional: 'Life Itself,' 'Citizenfour'

Getting rabid Chicago Bulls fan Gene Siskel to see "Hoop Dreams" was easy enough, but talking fellow film critic Roger Ebert into slotting a three-hour sports-focused documentary into his Sundance schedule was no mean feat. "Roger," the veteran Chicago publicist working the film told him, "it's not about basketball." If Ebert had been at Sundance last January, 20 years after he became the most ardent champion of "Hoop Dreams," the best way to persuade him to see "Life Itself" might have been to tell him, "It's not about film criticism." The documentary is Ebert's story — from his work as a young critic...

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