He was the first film critic most of us knew by name, and he'll forever be remembered as one of the most influential film writers of our time.
It is with great sadness that we bring you the news of Roger Ebert's passing today at the age of 70.
Everyone remembers Ebert differently. From his long-running At the Movies TV show where he delivered accessible bite-sized movie reviews with his trademark "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" alongside fellow critics like Gene Siskel and then later Richard Roeper, to his meaty, knowledgeable film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times, not a week went by without checking to see what Ebert thought of the latest movie.
Then there were his books, his amazing DVD commentaries (his one for Citizen Kane is required listening), his workshops and his film festival. Ebert was into everything, and at times it felt like he was everywhere. He wrote passionately about what he liked and disliked, and when cancer took his voice, it grew even louder. Ebert's dedication to his craft and to movies in general has inspired generations of moviegoers, both young and old, to consistently search for new ways to discover and embrace art, both on-screen and off.
He will be greatly missed, and our hearts go out to his family at this time.
A lot will be written about Ebert over the next few days and we'll bring you some of that. Two days ago he updated his site to say he was taking a "leave of presence," and his final words on that post seem like a fitting way to end this one:
"So on this day of reflection I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I'll see you at the movies."
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