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"Life Itself" ends Thursday night!
The Varsity Theatre is proud to treat Des Moines to the exclusive showing of LIFE ITSELF, an intimate portrait exploring the legacy of world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert. Hurry! Ends Thursday night!
Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams), along with executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present LIFE ITSELF, a film that recounts the inspiring, entertaining and colorful life of Ebert — a story that is by turns personal, funny, moving and transcendent. Rich in detail and warmly affectionate, LIFE ITSELF offers a joyful yet poignant tribute to a critical cinematic legacy.
It's not surprising that this film has been highly acclaimed by film critics nationwide.
Based on the bestselling memoir of the same name, LIFE ITSELF, explores Roger Ebert's legacy — his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times, his turn as screenwriter of BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, his on and off screen relationship with Gene Siskel, all culminating in his ascension as one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
Eric Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale" starts Friday
It seems impossible that any film from a director as beloved and, generally speaking, “available” as Eric Rohmer could go so long without U.S. distribution, but this has been the case for, among others, 1996’s “A Summer’s Tale”. After 18 years of downloaded files and imported DVDs, the third entry in his “Tale of the Four Seasons” is officially hitting U.S. shores this summer, thanks to Big World Pictures, and there’s a trailer to promote the occasion — because even pioneers of the French New Wave (to say nothing of those since deceased) need a bit of traditional marketing.
…While I’d say (the trailer) looks awfully promising, that much, in the case of this particular artist, goes without saying. (Please, if you can, forgive me for sounding like some groveling auteurist devotee.) “A Summer’s Tale” is as much of a must-see as anything hitting theaters this season. — excerpted from the FilmStage.com website
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