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Lisa Schwarzbaum Leaves Entertainment Weekly

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire February 6, 2013 at 1:05PM

The popular critic has been at the magazine for 22 years.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum

Tweeted, a short while ago, by longtime Entertainment Weekly film critic Lisa Schwarzbaum:

"News to share: I'm leaving @EW after a fab 22 years. More news to share: I'll still be writing, and not only about #Amour and #DieHard!"

At his blog, Jim Romenesko has the memo EW editor Jess Cagle emailed the magazine's staff to announce the move:

"We can’t imagine EW without her; she’s such a crucial, opinionated, elegant, and eloquent strand of our DNA. But now the time has come to share the news: Lisa Schwarzbaum is, in fact, leaving EW to, in her words, 'expand the kind of writing (and kind of living) that I do.' Please join me in thanking her for 22 years of beautiful words, elaborate and wonderfully realized sentences, her unbridled love of film, her sharp criticism, and the joy of having her as a colleague...

Among her many admirers: Kathryn Bigelow, John Lasseter, and Lena Dunham, who was spotted a year or so ago wandering the halls of EW in search of Lisa’s office; finding it empty she left a fan letter on Lisa’s chair. But Josh Brolin said it most succinctly when he emailed her to say, 'You can fucking write!'"

She certainly can. Schwarzbaum has been with Entertainment Weekly since 1991 and became one of its film critics in 1994. That's right around the time my family got its subscription to EW, and reading each new issue quickly became one of my beloved Saturday afternoon rituals -- one that typically began by flipping to the back of the magazine to read every word of every film review section anchored by Schwarzbaum and her colleague, Owen Gleiberman. I've remained a reader online (and a follower on Twitter as well), and my parents still pass me copies of EW whenever I see them. I still start with the film reviews.

It's good to hear she's got future writing plans, but her presence at the magazine will certainly be missed.

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