Raid

April 04, 2013 | 5:15 p.m.

Roger Ebert: A look back at five reviews of fan-favorite films

Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, has died. He was 70 years old. Here, Ebert attends the IFP Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on March 22, 2003. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/MCT)
Film criticism lost a singularly significant voice Thursday with the death of Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Ebert, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of 70. Earlier this week, Ebert had announced he would be taking a “leave of presence” from his writing, but the news of death shocked the film community, with many celebrities taking to Twitter to express their sad surprise and warm memories of the man who, with his longtime partner Gene Siskel, patented “two thumbs up” as a major cinematic endorsement. As a way to pay tribute to Ebert’s lasting legacy and influence, this seemed like a moment to reflect on his thoughts on five landmark fan-favorite movies, specifically, “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “The Matrix,” “Avatar” and “The Avengers.” Not all of them received an unqualified thumbs up. The following excerpts […]
Close
E-mail It
Powered by ShareThis