Re-energized critic back in the balcony

Ebert recovers from illness, reviews 'Queen'

The thumbs are back in action.

Last week, Roger Ebert reviewed “The Queen” for the Chicago Sun-Times. It was the first review he’d filed since going on emergency medical leave in July.

In a note to his readers published Oct. 12, Ebert wrote that he had been “completely out of it” for all of July and August, as his doctors fought to stop bleeding complications from a surgery for salivary cancer in June.

After being sedated for much of the two months, Ebert wrote, he’s undergoing physical rehabilitation and expects to resume his normal life. And, he added, “During all of this, I didn’t lose any marbles. My thinking is intact, and my mental process doesn’t require rehabilitation.”

Still, it’ll likely be early 2007 before he resumes reviewing pics on a regular basis for the Sun-Times and his TV show “Ebert & Roeper.”

He also said he expects his health to allow him to cover both the Academy Awards and the Cannes Film Festival, as well as stage his Overlooked Film Festival in April.

Ebert said he had been avoiding high-profile films like “The Departed,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “World Trade Center” during his recuperation, preferring to see them in a theater rather than on video from his sickbed.

But a producer from his show had brought him a DVD of “The Queen,” “and when I viewed it, I knew I wanted to review it.”

That review was scheduled to run Oct. 13.

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