Roger Ebert is gone from “At the Movies,” but he's an increasingly influential figure in Web film criticism.
Ebert recently announced he was leaving the long-televised show he began with Gene Siskel in 1975. The 66-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning critic has been sidelined since 2006 by cancer, which has left him unable to speak.
But he's continued to write reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times and this year began blogging on the newspaper's Web site: http://blogs.sun times.com/ebert. His online musings, labeled a “journal,” should be bookmarked by all film buffs. In an entry last week titled “The Balcony is Closed,” Ebert reminisced about “At the Movies.” Most remarkable are his heartfelt memories of Siskel, who died of a brain tumor in 1999.