Life Itself Movie


Life Itself

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2014 | R | Documentary

A documentary about the life of Roger Ebert directed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters).

U.S. Release Date

Life Itself release date was Friday, July 4, 2014. This was a Limited in theaters release.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Directed by

Steve James



Rating MPAA

R for brief sexual images/nudity and language


Roger Ebert was a beloved national figure and arguably our best-known and most influential movie critic, and his passing in 2013 was deeply felt across the country. Based on his memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF recounts his fascinating and flawed journey—from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his “third act” as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • Premiered to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 release, followed by an exclusive broadcast on CNN later this year, reprising a successful collaboration with CNN Films on the hit documentary Blackfish.

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