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Why film criticism still matters

As Printed in The Lumberjack on April 29, 2010

by Gary Sundt

Since I was kid, before I even knew what a film critic was, the meaning of “Siskel and Ebert give it two thumbs up!” on a film’s trailer was insurmountable. I am of course referring to the late Gene Siskel, the brilliant film critic for the Chicago Tribune, and Roger Ebert, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and their syndicated movie review show Siskel and Ebert at the Movies.

I mention this because, after years of trials and tribulations, At the Movies (the show’s current incarnation) is being canceled, with its final episode set to air Aug. 14. This, combined with the unfortunate March 10 dismissal of Todd McCarthy, the film critic for the high-profile Hollywood news source Variety, only hammers home the unfortunate health of film criticism, and perhaps even the film industry (as both a business and an art form). Continue reading