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Film Critic Joe Leydon Remembers Friend Roger Ebert, As “Life Itself” Opens in Houston

A critically acclaimed documentary opened in limited release earlier this month, and hits Houston theaters today. It’s called Life Itself. Director Steve James captured the late film critic Roger Ebert in his final months, as Ebert fought recurring health problems and surgeries, which had left the famous critic unable to speak. Instead, Ebert took to […]

A critically acclaimed documentary opened in limited release earlier this month, and hits Houston theaters today. It’s called Life Itself.

Director Steve James captured the late film critic Roger Ebert in his final months, as Ebert fought recurring health problems and surgeries, which had left the famous critic unable to speak. Instead, Ebert took to writing extensively – his essays on RogerEbert.com became extremely popular, as he wrote not just about film, but culture and politics.

Fellow film critic Joe Leydon knew Roger Ebert for more than 30 years. Leydon writes reviews for Variety and is a contributing writer for Houstonia Magazine, for which he’s just written a remembrance of Ebert.and joins Craig Cohen to discuss the man and the new documentary about him.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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