This week marks the final reel of 'At the Movies,' a syndicated movie reviews show that launched in 1975 and made Chicago film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert household names. Over the years, Siskel and Ebert famously fought over everything from Stanley Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket' to the all-but-forgotten Burt Reynolds family vehicle 'Cop and a Half,' which Ebert recommended and Siskel would never forgive him for.
With the power of their "thumbs up," "thumbs down" review system, Siskel and Ebert influenced pop culture, helped a number of small films reach a wider audience and became the most famous film critics in the country.
Siskel died in 1999, and was replaced by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper in 2000. In 2006, Ebert was sidelined due to ongoing health issues. Roeper kept the show going with a variety of guests until he and Ebert officially left the show in 2008, following a fallout with the show's distribution company, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.