Movie Brief: The Return of Roger Ebert

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January 21, 2011 marks the debut of “Ebert Presents at the Movies.” Christy Lemire (The Associated Press) and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of ( will host the half-hour show every week.

The number of movies reviewed can vary from week to week depending on the release schedules, usually between four to six. The format will follow the original show between Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, “Sneak Previews,” which started 35 years ago. A year after Siskel died in 1999, Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper joined him. Ebert left the television in 2006 due to thyroid cancer. In the new show, Ebert will wear silicone prosthesis, since he’s lost much of his jaw because of the cancer.

The show marks the return of the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic. Ebert will host “Roger’s Office” highlighting a film or film-related topic of his choice. In addition, there will be special segments with guest critics.

The show is produced in Chicago at WTTW and it will air on public television stations across the country. Check your local PBS station for schedule.

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Nathalia Aryani is a business manager, foreign language translator, lifestyle/travel writer and film columnist. She can be reached at Nathalia owns a movies blog, The MovieMaven (

Nathalia Aryani is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic ( She has a movie blog, The MovieMaven ( Twitter: @the_moviemaven. She can be reached at [email protected].

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