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August 5, 2007 9:00 PM

Few critics have endured as many movies—good and bad—as the "At the Movies" team. Now film fans can access all of the reviews and debates that have aired on the long-running Disney/ABC Domestic Television weekly series, which is entering its 22nd season in syndication. The distributor last week launched a database of about 5,000 reviews online, including not only those from the current "At the Movies With Ebert & Roeper," but also reviews dating back to the days when Gene Siskel sat in the other theater chair. Current theatrical and DVD release reviews are posted to the Web site following each weekly broadcast of "Ebert & Roeper." "For years this was a dream," said Roger Ebert, co-host of the series. "Now I am exhilarated that it is a reality, thanks to the enormous effort of digitizing something like 1,000 programs. It is always fascinating to go back and see what was being said about a film before it opened. The disagreements, between me and Siskel and Roeper, will be fun to revisit, and even more exciting will be our sense of discovery when we find something like ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘Hoop Dreams’ or ‘Monster.’ I may start searching around in this archive and never stop!"
—Chris Pursell

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