One of the most popular film critics of our time who become the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism , Roger Ebert has died. Ebert wielded the nation’s most influential thumbs-up, thumbs down died Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was 70.
Ebert wrote more books than any TV personality sinceSteve Allen — 17 in all. Not only collections of reviews, both good and bad, and critiques of great movies, but humorous film term glossaries and even a novel, Behind the Phantom’s Mask, that was serialized in the Sun-Times. He even wrote a book about rice cookers, The Pot and How to Use It, despite the fact that he could no longer eat. In 2011 his autobiography, Life Itself won rave reviews. “This is the best thing Mr. Ebert has ever written,” Janet Maslin wrote in The New York Times.