On the day when the war between film critics and Kevin Smith reached a fever pitch, there was a true say-it-ain't-so moment when Roger Ebert tweeted "RIP, "At the Movies." Memories." Only it was so.
The long-running staple of televised film criticism is no more. Dating back to its roots in 1975 when it was called Sneak Previews, most of us remember it under its proper name of Siskel & Ebert which branded the show from 1986 to early 1999 when Gene untimely passed away at the age of 53. After a variety of guest hosts, Richard Roeper became Roger's permanent co-host in 2000 and the show became Ebert & Roeper until 2006. Roeper remained on as host while Ebert had his own battles with cancer. Now called At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, more guest hosts were invited on from film critics like A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips to filmmakers including Harold Ramis and even Kevin Smith.