Introducing Scott and Phillips

atthemovieshosts.jpgThe newest iteration of "At The Movies" debuts this weekend with A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips installed as hosts — they both filled in a lot for Roger Ebert when he was ill — and the two ill-suited Bens (Lyons and Mankiewicz) retired from further duty. Anne Thompson blogs, aptly I think: "Just watching this preview...makes me eager to get back into the 'At the Movies' habit, spending time with two brainy film critics who will dig way deeper into movies than any ATM team since the original Ebert and Siskel."

I should add: Phillips was the theater critic at the Los Angeles Times until leaving for the Chicago Tribune, where he is now the movie critic. A former editor notes that he wanted to be the LAT's film critic, but had to leave to find his fame and fortune.

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