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Happy Birthday, Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert would have been 71 on June 18 this year and still have the commanding critic’s voice on the latest movies. For years he gave his honest opinion on movies to viewers with his famous thumbs ups or downs as to whether the films he critiqued were worth watching.

Ebert was the first to win a Pulitzer Prize in Criticism while working at the Chicago Sun-Times for 46 years. He also made another initial move by being the first movie critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For many years Ebert and his partner on the air, Gene Siskel, who worked at the Chicago Tribune, had a nationally televised program called Sneak Previews. Siskel died in 1999 but Ebert continued the PBS program with various critic guests.

One of the great things Ebert compiled was a “best of the year movie list” which began in 1967. Many of the movies he picked were Academy Award winners. Some of the films Ebert chose were considered crime movies or had high levels of crime in the film.

Out of the 46 films Ebert listed from 1967 to 2012, here are 12 picked from the list under the crime category –

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Z (1969) – political thriller

The Godfather (1972)

House of Games (1987)

Goodfellas (1990)

Fargo (1996)

Dark City (1998)

Minority Report (2002)

Monster (2003)

Argo (2012) – political thriller

Two which involved famous assassinations –
JFK (1991)
Malcolm X (1992)

Roger Ebert died April 4, 2013. According to Wikipedia, the famous critic battled with cancer for 11 years. on Ebert's birthday produced an article on his ten favorite movies. See the list below.


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