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Roger Ebert: End of Message

Last weekend, the BBC published an article titled “How to write the perfect obituary” following the brouhaha around the New York Times’ recent obituary of Yvonne Brill. It was a fluffy weekend piece, and I would have moved on were it not for one particular detail.
  • By Ali Arikan
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  • April 9, 2013 3:01 PM
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ROOM 237 and the Attack of the Id Critic

"Room 237" is the first great comedy about film criticism. Or maybe it’s the first great horror-comedy. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.
  • By Robert Greene
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  • April 9, 2013 8:35 AM
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Excerpts from a Critic’s Screening Notes for UPSTREAM COLOR, Arranged as Free Verse

Warning: plot spoilers ahead.
  • By Nelson Kim
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  • April 8, 2013 11:40 AM
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A Far-Flung Memory of Roger

Roger Ebert’s prose was instantly accessible and inviting. He came off as a super-knowledgeable guy who happened to want to simply talk movies with you.
  • By Michal Oleszczyk
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  • April 8, 2013 2:35 AM
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Speaking for the assembly: the genius of Roger Ebert, 1942-2013

  • By Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • April 5, 2013 1:32 PM
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Remembering Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

It was the same ritual every year. It was usually late October, maybe early November. You’d go to the mall where there was a bookstore, usually a Walden Books. (This was before Borders and Barnes & Noble were in every shopping center.) The section devoted to “Film” was one shelf, not a wall.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • April 5, 2013 12:34 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Siskel and Ebert: Screen Fighting Men

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were journalists, film reviewers, TV personalities and friends. They disliked each other and loved each other. They needled each other on the air and put on a great show, but it was always in the service of film criticism and education, a means of exciting viewers and drawing them in.
  • By Ken Cancelosi
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  • April 5, 2013 12:01 PM
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Raised in Fear: POLTERGEIST and the Culture of Forgetting

Poltergeist is a film about the repressed traumas and anxieties underlying the American dream.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • April 4, 2013 12:14 PM
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The Big Lebowski a Masterpiece? That's Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man

Quite simply, The Big Lebowski does not belong among the canon of the Coens’ best films, no matter how much its fans and urban achievers protest.
  • By Alan Zilberman
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  • April 1, 2013 8:35 AM
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