You really have to admire Roger Ebert. He’s been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times for over 40 years, becoming the first person to ever win a Pulitzer prize for criticism in the process. He co-hosted a popular television show for 23 years. Since 2002, he’s battled thyroid cancer with what can only be described as extraordinary grace. And despite having an illness that robbed him of the ability to speak, he has continued to turn out some of the most thoughtful words on film ever written.
Roger Ebert’s Great Movies (iPhone screenshot)
Now the veteran critic has done something truly unexpected. Engadget has just reported the release of Roger Ebert’s Great Movies, a new app for iOS devices that combines the entire contents of Ebert’s Great Movies books into one convenient, searchable database. That’s more than 300 full-length movie reviews by the world’s most widely read film critic, all in your hip pocket. And thanks to regular updates, users will have access to new reviews as they’re written.
The new app, which is optimized for the iPhone, allows users to search for films by title, cast, or director, as well as by text. It can be used to instantly add new selections to your Netflix queue or to buy movies directly from Amazon. You can even share reviews through Twitter, Facebook, or via email. Unfortunately, Roger Ebert’s Great Movies isn’t perfect. It can’t fetch a beer from the fridge, feed the cat, or make popcorn. Those minor shortcomings aside, it promises to be an indispensable tool for anyone who loves movies. It’s already generating rave reviews from users, and at 99 cents, it won’t break the bank, either.
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