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Roger Ebert Dies of Cancer

Roger Ebert loved movies.

Except for those he hated.

For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

“No good film is too long,” he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. “No bad movie is short enough.”

Ebert, 70, who reviewed movies for the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years and on TV for 31 years, and who was without question the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic, died Thursday in Chicago. He had been in poor health over the past decade, battling cancers of the thyroid and salivary gland.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times. Read full article. (link)

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  • ThatSkepticGuy||

    Now where will I go for movie reviews that derail into incoherent, statist rants halfway through?

  • RightNut||

    Q:

    Now where will I go for movie reviews that derail into incoherent, statist rants halfway through?

    A: any other movie critic in a major newspaper.

  • Nihixul||

    "a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens"

    I read this three times (on my phone, if that is any excuse) before I realized it didn't read "on his penis". Maybe I just wanted that to be true.

  • ||

    Maybe that's because it's been a while since you've felt it strongly enough? It's easy when you think about; or don't think about it.

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