At The Movies Finally Gets New Hosts That Are Actual Film Critics


Well here’s a news story that I’m sure will disappoint absolutely no one! It seems that the two Bens (Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz) will not be returning for another season of At The Movies, after Disney and ABC have opted to take the show in a different direction — that is to say, the direction that they should have taken it in all along. Last year when Lyons and Mankiewicz were named as the successors to Ebert and Roeper, it sparked a lot of outrage as the once well-respected film review show shed its integrity in favour of chasing a younger audience. Fortunately, they’ve finally realized that the new version of At The Movies isn’t working, and they’ve decided to bring the show back to its roots.

The two new hosts will be film critics Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott of the New York Times, both of whom previously filled in for Roger Ebert numerous times while Richard Roeper was hosting the show. I think most of us will agree that they are ideal choices to continue the legacy, and the only question that remains is whether the duo will have a solid chemistry together. Even though they can come across as a bit stuffy at times, they certainly know what they’re talking about and are able to argue their opinions passionately. I think that, above all, is what people want and expect from this show. The new season of At The Movies will premiere on Sept. 5th… will you be there to tune in?

  • MJS

    I do have reservations about how these guys will gel… but I’ll take anyone over those godawful bens.

  • The guy on the right looks like Bob Saget.

  • Big Hungry

    I would rather see Kevin Smith. His reviews on movies are great but it would have to air on cable.

  • Big Hungry

    Forgot to say that this is a step in the right direction and I might catch the show.

  • TrevorReznik

    Those Bens were total crap, although to be honest I only gave them two episodes but that was all I could take. I really like Michael Phillips not sure about the other guy, but I will tune in again.

  • I used to really like Kevin Smith. But now his work, and his Smodcast, have proven that he is a creatively dried up stoner– nothing more.

  • Kevin Smith has admitted on his Smodcast that the way he use to speak his mind about people in Hollywood and other movies was a mistake. You don’t want active filmmakers looking to sign deals reviewing films.

  • steviebaby

    This is great news. I always detested Ben “I Am Legend is the greatest movie ever made” Lyons and while the producers were always defending him as expected, it’s nice to see them cave in to good taste and boot him.

  • Malcolm Cory

    I suppose Elvis Mitchell was out of the question…

    So does this mean Disney/Buena Vista finally figured out “The Kids” don’t pay attention to film critics anyway?