Two Chicago newspaper critics, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, introduce themselves and their new show, describing it simply as "two film critics talking about the movies." They promise to show "what's playing in town, what's coming to town" and to take the viewers behind the scenes to learn something about the movie business. They begin by talking about the Chicago Film Festival, which had the premiere of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). Clips are shown. The critics like the movie, but don't believe it lives up to its reputation. They show clips from the festival's Self Service (1974), Bruno Bozzetto's animated short about hungry mosquitoes. Next, they review and show clips from a rare family film, Mr. Quilp (1975), a musical based on Charles Dickens. The review quickly gives way to a broader discussion about children's movies. The critics both dislike the British melodrama, Conduct Unbecoming (1975). They introduce their feature, The Dog of the Month. Siskel's pick is Ken ...
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The name of our show is "Opening Soon at a Theater Near You", two film critics talking about the movies. And this is Roger Ebert, the film critic from the Chicago Sun-Times.
And right over here is Gene Siskel, the film critic from the Chicago Tribune and Channel 2 News.
Part of our show is to sort of be a news magazine about movies, and we want to show you what's playing in town, what's coming to town and also maybe take you behind the scenes and show you a little bit about the ...