Gets a Facelift

Posted 1:23 PM April 10th, 2013 by Binh Ngo, the website of the recently departed film critic Roger Ebert, has relaunched yesterday with a redesign. Gone are the three column format and the light/dark cream color scheme -- those are replaced with a light/grey two column design.

On the left column, the featured review is given the most space with a large picture and an excerpt of the review, and below that are the other new reviews which are given only a pic overlayed with the movie's title and author.

Below the reviews, are Ebert's blog entries, with the latest one being the one he posted on April 2nd announcing his leave of absence. And below that are miscellaneous entries that don't belong in Ebert's blog.

The top of the right column is a list of reviews for movies that are still playing in theaters. For reviews of older movies, one needs to use the search box or, better yet, the "Reviews Filter" that can only be accessed by clicking on the "Reviews" tab located below the site's logo.

The right column also contains the sign ups for the mailing list and The Ebert Club, the latter of which will net paid subscribers "a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie," as well as access to the members-only section of the site. Then, there are the books written by Ebert listed for those who want to purchased them over at Amazon.

I'm sure this redesign has been in the works for quite some time, but for now it will serve as a fitting tribute to the person who was still with us just last week. Without Ebert, I don't believe the site will be updated in any significant way. Those critics who were to review movies in Ebert's place while he was undergoing cancer treatment? They problaby won't continue in light of what happened.

Ebert's final review, Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, is up there for all to read -- 3.5 stars, his final thumbs up.

Update: Looks like I was wrong. The site has hired Matt Zoller Seitz to be its new editor.

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