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Roger Ebert doc 'Life Itself' deserves a thumbs up

Roger Ebert doc 'Life Itself' deserves a thumbs up

Critics review films, sometimes they even appear in films, but films are not made about them. Roger Ebert, however, did things his own way, and "Life Itself," a fine and moving new documentary that tells his story, shows us how and why he stood out.

Starting with his Pulitzer Prize-winning print reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times, continuing with his hugely influential television partnership with Gene Siskel and culminating in his early and massive adoption of social media, Ebert had a large presence and an expansive personality. He not only embraced the public role of a film critic, he just about created it.

Ebert was a colleague and friend for two decades before his...

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