Ebert's Return

In the words of a milestone American musical, it's great to have Roger back where he belongs.

That's at the center of his annual film festival, now called Ebertfest, which celebrates movies ignored, lost or not widely seen after their original release.

The dean of American film critics was especially buoyed to return this week to his hometown of Urbana and his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Last year, he had to skip the fest's 10th annual edition because he had broken his hip a few weeks beforehand. Though he cannot speak, due to complications from cancer-related surgery, he gleefully presided over the sold-out event, which concluded Sunday at the historic Virginia Theatre.

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