This season of At The Movies finds two new critics taking over the iconic spots once owned by Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, the latter of whom was replaced by Richard Roeper following his untimely passing. And while it’s struggled to find an identity since Ebert was forced to step down to address his own battle with thyroid cancer, this latest incarnation – featuring well-respected, veteran critics A.O. “Tony” Scott of the New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune – looks to be the best yet.
A.O. Scott: I think we just want to bring to the show what we bring to our writing, which is something entertaining, thoughtful, funny and provocative. And there’s something very exciting about doing it in real time, more or less spontaneously, and working off each other’s ideas, developing each agreement and disagreement.