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Thumb thing unique

July 26, 2008

AS A producer and director in L.A. for over 30 years, it is disheartening to see the demise of Ebert and Roeper on "At the Movies" ["A New Era for 'At the Movies,' " by Scott Collins, July 23]. One may have disagreed with them at times but their reviews were intelligent and provoking.

I only hope that Ben Mankiewicz and Ben Lyons (son of Jeffrey "I never saw a movie I didn't love" Lyons) can carry on the tradition and not dumb down their reviews to appeal to the cultural level in our society today.

Robert C. Thompson

Marina del Rey

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WHILE "At the Movies" may never be the same, I will always remember the influence it had on many of my parents' movie choices. My mother used to ask, "Did the Thumbs like it?"

Laura Owen

Pacific Palisades

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