Times, Tribune Critics Next-Gen Siskel & Ebert

Dueling critics Scott, Phillips mark return to old At the Movies format
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2009 8:19 AM CDT
AO Scott, chief film critic of the New York Times, will join the TV program 'At the Movies' alongside Richard Phillips of the Chicago Tribune.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) At the Movies, the longtime home of Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, is getting a new pair of dueling cineastes. AO Scott of the New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune will take over the syndicated program, which returns to the air next month. The traditional format of two debating newspaper critics will replace last year's botched effort, which featured lightweight reporters Ben Lyons of E! TV and Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies.