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FILE - This Jan. 2009 file photo shows film critic and author Roger Ebert, recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award, at the Directors Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Film critic Roger Ebert died Thursday after a decades-long bout with cancer. A sampling of reactions to Ebert’s passing:

President Barack Obama, via press release: “Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans — and especially Chicagoans — Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive — capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical. Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient — continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world. The movies won't be the same without Roger.”

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, via Twitter: “Ebert was singular. We are all in his shadow and his debt.”

Actor and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford, via Sundance Institute website: “Among the many things I admired about Roger Ebert is how he has long supported freedom of artistic expression. When I started Sundance in 1980, and when few would support us, Roger was there. This was one of the ways he communicated his forward-thinking outlook. He was one of the first to support our artists. His influence and reach was as meaningful as his personal passion for cinema.”

Entertainment Weekly chief Oscar correspondent Anthony Breznican, via Twitter: “RIP Roger Ebert: one of storytelling's great advocates. A guy who helped us see the world better by sitting in the dark.”

Associated Press movie critic Christy Lemire, in her Associated Press article: “What I'll remember most and love best about Roger Ebert was his playful side, and an infectious enthusiasm that was astonishingly alive after decades in a business in which it would have been easy — and safe — to be cynical.”

Actor Morgan Freeman, as reported by “He was one of the really great critics. Also an accomplished in-depth interviewer for the Chicago Sun-Times. He took me under his wing early in my movie career and was always supportive. I’ll miss him.”

New York Magazine film critic Bilge Ebiri, via Twitter: “Ebert was not just a great critic, but a great mentor to many younger critics. Film criticism isn't dead. And thanks to him, it won't be.”

Director Cameron Crowe, on his official website: “Roger Ebert. Clear-eyed dreamer, king of the written word …”

Journalist Chris Connelly, via Twitter: “Just one of the many who owes his career to Roger Ebert … for loving the movies, for loving the audience and for making both of them better.”

Jamshid Ghazi Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at [email protected] or 801-236-6051.