Life Itself - A Documentary on Roger Ebert
Jul 28 to Jul 31
Monday to Thursday 3:30, 6:00
Dir. Steve James - 2014 - 116m
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
“A clear-eyed portrait of a complicated, Falstaffian figure. A big-hearted, absorbing documentary. Anyone who cared about Roger Ebert will find it necessary viewing.” – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
“A GREAT DOCUMENTARY. It's the achievement of Steve James' wonderful, heartbreaking film to give us the whole man in all his personas, some graceful, some not-so-nice.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“DEEPLY ENTRALLING. Documentary master Steve James has put the pieces of Ebert’s life together with extraordinary fascination and vision.” – Owen Gleiberman, EW
“4 STARS. Unusually moving. It gains its universal impact in smaller, earthier revelations.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY
“It isn’t surprising how enjoyable Life Itself is – but it’s also sharp and smart and honest.” – James Rocchi, Film.com
“Richly satisfying. Engrossing, unflinching, moving and comprehensive. An astute and sensitive account of a fully realized man and a life overflowing with abundance and achievement. James has done a wonderful job of telling a colorful life story.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Intensely emotional. A life spent at the movies gets the cinematic epitaph it richly deserves. James cuts — as in all of his best work — straight to the human heart of the matter, celebrating both the writer and the man, the one inseparable from the other” – Scott Foundas, Variety
“Profoundly moving. James tells this unapologetic story with little sympathy, as per Ebert’s wishes, and a lot of passion—he wants the audience to really know who Roger Ebert was, and understand the importance of his work. Roger Ebert was a movie lover, and this is the kind of movie he would have loved.” – Chase Whale, Playlist
“A moving film that is poetic, funny, and vivid – a film Ebert would have adored.” – Neha Aziz, Austin Chronicle
“A whole portrait, the good and the bad, of a man who loved movies and life in equal measure. Roger would have loved this movie.” – Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
“A moving tribute, a celebration of celebrating movies and, at its heart, a salute to any life lived fully. It's never depressing for a second.” – Daniel Fienberg, Hitfix
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Jul 28 to Jul 31
Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY!
Dir. Brian Knappenberger - 2014 - 105m - No Matinees
This new documentary follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
"A spellbinding portrait of the Internet whiz kid's life and political convictions, which were cut short by his suicide in early 2013." - Geoff Berkshire, Variety
"[Knappenberger] present [the factual complexities of Swartz's case] in sterling clarity, and without condescending to a less informed audience." - Andrew Crump, Movie Mezzanine