Ebert's work lives on with newly relaunched website

05:00 AM, Apr 09, 2013

Roger Ebert's recently relaunched website, rogerebert.com, will feature reviews, new and old, as well as much of his collection of writings. rogerebert.com/

Written By by Susan Wloszczyna, USA TODAY

The late Roger Ebert makes good on his “leave of presence,” his preferred name for a planned break from regular reviewing after suffering a recurrence of the cancer that would claim his life last week. His website, rogerebert.com, has been relaunched in a livelier and easier-to-navigate format with access to Ebert’s prodigious collection of writings.

Recent postings include his final film review; a three-and-a-half star assessment of To the Wonder, directed by one of his favorites, Terrence Malick; as well his take on the recent HBO movie Phil Spector with Al Pacino. There is also a searchable archive of Ebert critiques through the years.

A schedule of the 15th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival is also available. The five-day event that’s also known as Ebertfest, which focuses on so-called “overlooked” releases handpicked by the critic himself, begins on April 17 in Champaign, Ill., with a showing of Malick’s 1978 classic Days of Heaven.

Tilda Swinton is expected to attend a screening of her 2011 crime thriller Julia and Jack Black is scheduled to show up with his 2012 dark comedy Bernie. Presiding over the proceedings will be Ebert’s widow, Chaz.