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Those TV Film Critics

January 10, 1988

I hate to break the news to everybody, but Pepsi and Coke aren't the choices of our new generation . . . it's Siskel & Ebert.

TV movie critics are the latest heroes on the world's most thoroughly entertaining medium. There was a time years ago when critics had credentials, and were even considered to be intellectuals.

Today, however, the Siskel & Ebert generation is content with a happy face, an explosive film clip and a 10+ rating. Intellectuals are generally considered to be snobs, and snobs don't go over very well on the 6 o'clock news.

The problem doesn't lie with TV critics themselves. They are playing their parts perfectly on a communication medium based on entertainment and imagery.

BRETT S. BARRY

Beverly Hills

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