'Roger was the movies', says Obama

Twitter is abuzz with recollections and thanks as president, peers and the movie world pay tribute

Actors, directors, fellow critics and the Us president have paid tribute to the eminent American film reviewer Roger Ebert, who has died aged 70.

Ebert, who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967 and became the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize eight years later, died early on Thursday afternoon at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago after revealing a day earlier that he was undergoing radiation treatment for a recurrence of cancer. Many tributes mentioned the critic's famous "thumbs up, thumbs down" verdicts or the familiar "the balcony is closed" sign-off from the long-running Us television film review show At the Movies, which Ebert presented for many years.

Us president Barack Obama said in a statement: "Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he
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