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Life Itself 2014 15

120 mins USA Director. Steve James

An aptly affectionate tribute to the film critic Roger Ebert, whose warmth and empathetic reviewing style saw him transcend his origins as critic for the Chicago Sun-Times to win a devoted international following, before his untimely death in 2013.

Adapted from Ebert’s memoir by Steve James, of the Oscar-winning Hoop Dreams, and executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian, Life Itself charts the critic’s inspiring and surprising journey, from his unusual collaborations (with Russ Meyer on Beneath the Valley of the Dolls) to his unlikely friendships (Werner Herzog) and culminating in his unforeseen emergence as an internationally followed star of social media.

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15 Contains infrequent strong sex, sexualised nudity, violence







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