Life Itself

Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts the surprising and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that’s by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent. A centerpiece of the film is the story of how Ebert and Gene Siskel revolutionized film criticism and became the most recognized, criticized, and powerful movie critics in the world. Part critical biography and personal history, the film’s spine is the last four months of Roger’s life when the filmmakers had exclusive access as he heroically battled – and ultimately failed – to overcome a hip fracture that turned out to be cancer. From this unfolding story, the film will travel through Roger’s past life, his own words as our guide, detailing his precocious start in Urbana, Illinois; his migration to Chicago to start a career at the Chicago Sun Times; his unexpected promotion to movie critic; the creation of the television show that would revolutionize film criticism; and his difficult and inspiring fight with cancer.

Showtime is 7:15 PM. Carolina Theatre accepts cash, debit and credit cards.

Running time: 1 hr 52 mins.

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  • Shawna

    Things I didn't know before I saw this film: that Roger Ebert co-wrote Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, that Roger Ebert was influenced by Paula Kael, and that Werner Herzog dedicated his film, Encounters at the End of the World to Ebert.

    July 21

  • Shawna

    A enjoyable and moving documentary, and at times hard to watch.

    July 21

  • Susan

    P.S. Hope this cancellation is not too last minute; I was holding out on a decision.

    July 20

    • Shawna

      No worries, glad you stayed safe :-) See you again.

      July 20

  • Susan

    I HATE to do this at the last minute, but I'm backing out. Since I'm new to the area, going alone, and have trouble with night driving vision, I should probably play it safe. Enjoy - I'll definitely see it at some point.

    July 20

    • Shawna

      Sorry you couldn't make it this eve, Susan. Look forward to seeing you at another one!

      July 20

  • Ann

    I could not get to this afterall but look forward to seeing it. Best.

    July 20

  • Shawna

    Running a few mins late, should be there by 7:15.

    July 20

  • Carl_RTP

    Regret that I'll have to miss this. Weekend chores and more.

    July 20

  • Shawna

    This film did not screen at Full Frame. It did make its public premiere at Sundance this year with online streaming links made available to its nearly 1,700 Indiegogo crowd-funding backers. The film is directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams). The film raised $150,000 on Indiegogo in two months with contributions to The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation & The Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies. The crowd-funders were shown a private screening. It's an interesting back story. I'm excited to see this film as I too used to follow Ebert's reviews. The film is now available to everyone on iTunes and various video-on-demand formats as well as traditional in house theater. BTW, I believe the only showings at the Colony are 4:30 and 9:00 PM because I originally was going to schedule it there but timing off.

    July 18

  • Mary

    I missed this at the Documentary Film Festival in Durham and will be going to The Colony to see it this weekend. Anyone else interested in joining me?

    July 18

  • Jay

    I was so interested in seeing this that I went ahead and watched in 'on demand' at home. Ebert (along with Siskel) is one of the main people responsible for me being such a big film buff. The film is excellent. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

    1 · July 17

  • bruce

    unfortunately, a conflict

    July 16

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