4. Life Itself
Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel
Synopsis: The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert.
Life Itself is about the act of coming to accept and be at peace with what life deals a person, including death. The beauty of this message through the imagery the filmmakers choose and the depiction of the strength with which Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz face throughout his illness, is compelling. In the end, Ebert decides he has had enough. Jamesʼs look at this intimate moment, when even Chaz must accept what she does not want to but ultimately does, is masterful filmmaking. — Elizabeth Brown