Roger Ebert, Film Critic, Dies

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Roger Ebert, the popular film critic and television co-host who along with his fellow reviewer and sometime sparring partner Gene Siskel could lift or sink the fortunes of a movie with their trademark thumbs up or thumbs down, died on Thursday in Chicago. He was 70. It would not be a stretch to say that Mr. Ebert was the best-known film reviewer of his generation, and one of the most trusted. He liked to say his approach -- dryly witty, occasionally sarcastic, sometimes quirky in his opinions -- reflected the working newspaper reporter he had been, not a formal student of film.

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