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US film critic 'getting better'
Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert has been a film critic for his newspaper since 1967
Veteran film critic Roger Ebert has said he is "getting better" after receiving treatment for cancer.

In the online column he writes for the Chicago Sun-Times he said being ill had been "a long and unexpected ordeal".

The 64-year-old now plans to attend the Overlooked Film Festival in Illinois later this month, and said it marks his "return to action".

Ebert spent two months in hospital after he was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer last June.

'Under scrutiny'

He cannot speak due to a tracheotomy, a procedure that opens an airway through an incision in the windpipe.

It was his fourth round of surgery for cancer, having had a malignant tumour on his thyroid gland removed in 2002 and two operations on his salivary glands the following year.

"Because I'll be under scrutiny there, I'll tell you what to expect: a sick guy, getting better, who still loves the movies and the festival," he said.

"I am feeling better every day and my wife Chaz says we can see the light at the end of the tunnel," he added.

Ebert has been a film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1975, the same year he teamed up with Gene Siskel of the rival Chicago Tribune to launch their movie-review show.

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