Roger Ebert’s career explored in stellar documentary, ‘Life Itself’

Roger Ebert in his early days at the Chicago Sun-Times
Roger Ebert in his early days at the Chicago Sun-Times

[rating=4]Starring:  N/A – Documentary
Director(s):  Steve James

Life Itself takes its name from the memoir with the same title penned by the late Roger Ebert.  Ebert’s book was released back in 2011 and he was the one who first announced that it would become a documentary film.

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‘Begin Again’ is beautifully absorbing

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Keira Knightley in ‘Begin Again’

In 2007, writer/director John Carney’s Once had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Audience Award in the Dramatic category.  While there are some familiar elements in his latest film, Begin Again, it is a different movie.

Begin Again is the story of “Greta” (Kiera Knightley), “Dave Kohl” (Adam Levine) and “Dan Mulligan” (Mark Ruffalo).  Greta and Dave have come to New York City because a record label has signed Dave.  He refers to Greta as his partner, and they have written music together for some time.  Greta is also a singer.  The label provides everything they need, including an apartment and for Dave, someone who tempts him to stray.  This brings their romance to a bad ending.

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