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Ebert Reflects on “At the Movies”

Ebert Reflects on "At the Movies"

Reflecting on the demise of “At the Movies,” the show’s formerl co-host Roger Ebert wrote that the show’s cancellation was not the fault of any of the various reviewers who have been its hosts over the years, but rather the result of recent rapid changes in the media industry,” The New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff reports in the Arts Beat blog. “It isn’t only ‘At the Movies’ that died Wednesday…Theatrical distribution is now dominated by the big-budget, heavily marketed 3-D of the Week. Such films have a success utterly independent of critics. Like junk food, they’re consumed by habit and may be filling but are high in cinematic sugar and fat. The consumers of that product don’t think of a movie as an investment of two hours of their lives.”

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