The late, great critic gets his own film doc
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He didn’t plan it this way, but Roger Ebert’s life contained as much melodrama, tragedy and uplift as any weepie movie he reviewed. As a film critic and TV host, Ebert was probably America’s most famous journalist. And in his last seven years, as he battled cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands and lost his lower jaw, depriving this nonstop raconteur of his preternatural gift of gab, he found a more eloquent voice on his computer. In brilliant blog posts and his 2011 memoir Life Itself, he chronicled his brave, dogged fight against an awful fate. He died April 4, 2013, at 70.