At the Movies Returns

At the Movies returned this weekend with its new hosts, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott of the New York Times. And thank god for that.

I only caught “The Two Bens Experiment” occasionally but it was bad enough to make me roll over in my grave. I like Ben Mankiewicz just fine but he should just stick to spewing out IMDb facts on TCM. And don’t even get me started on the catastrophe that is Ben Lyons.

ABC’s selection of Phillips and Scott to helm the iconic show brings serious film criticism back and makes it better than ever. The only complaint I can see anyone having is that Phillips and Scott don’t bicker nearly enough, which is what made Siskel and Ebert great together.

For now, I’m completely on board with this revamped At the Movies and you should be too.