By: Lauren Williams, The Root
April 5, 2013
When Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert died on April 4 after a battle with cancer, a cross-cultural, countrywide coalition of fans expressed grief over the loss of the 70-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner. You didn't have to be a Chicagoan to have heard of his work, which had a national audience. And you certainly didn't have to be a journalist or a film buff to appreciate his writing (check out his July 2012 personal essay about his wife, Chaz).
Much has been made of his unique ability to destroy what he deemed a subpar film with a few choice, biting words. But he also showed a remarkable capacity for thoughtfulness and insight, and nowhere is this more evident than in some of his reviews of black films. We dug into his archives to pull his reviews of the films that made the Final Four in our March Movie Madness bracket challenge to see what he had to say about the movies that would become -- as evidenced by your votes -- some of our most beloved big-screen classics. You might be surprised.
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at the 'Nother Brother Entertainment blog
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