IPod + Alzheimer’s = Miracle! (Plus More New Documentaries)

  Alive Inside (Theaters, July 18) Can music do more to help Alzheimer’s patients than any medication? Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, makes his case for the affirmative in this deeply moving film in which  patients-some of them unresponsive for years-flicker to life (and sometimes explode into song) the moment they hear music from their past. You’ll rush from the theater to buy an iPod for someone you know.     Life Itself (Theaters, July 4) …

Roger Ebert: 10 Little-Known Facts About the Great Movie Critic

It’s no exaggeration to say that Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert, who died on April 4 at age 70, was perhaps the most influential movie reviewer of all time. Ebert achieved his initial fame in the late 1970s as the shorter, chubbier, bespectacled half of Siskel and Ebert, the opinionated TV reviewing duo he formed with Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel, whose thumbs-up-or-thumbs-down verdicts could help turn a movie into a hit or relegate it to box-office ignominy. (After Siskel’s death …