NEW YORK (WLNY) — Famed Chicago film critic Roger Ebert, the central Illinois native who helped popularize film criticism with his accessible writing and multimedia presence, died Thursday. He was 70.

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The Urbana, Ill. native was credited with bringing movie criticism to a wide audience, in large part through the pioneering, long-running syndicated television show, first called “Sneak Previews” in 1975, that he hosted with Chicago Tribune and WBBM-TV movie critic Gene Siskel.

Film critic Matt Singer joined us on The Couch to remember the legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning film journalist.

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