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"2016: Obama's America" is playing one mile from Roger Ebert's newspaper, but still no review
wordpress ^ | Dan from Squirrel Hill

Posted on 09/03/2012 11:34:13 PM PDT by grundle

Roger Ebert reviewed seven movies this weekend, but not “2016: Obama’s America”

Note: At the end of this posting I have added updates, which are in bold, including Roger Ebert’s responses to me from his blog.

This is Roger Ebert’s website. For the weekend of Friday, August 24, 2012, he has written reviews of seven new movies:

Premium Rush

Hit and Run

Red Hook Summer


Robot and Frank

Chicken with Plums

Nobody Else But You

All seven of those reviews are actually dated Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

As I sit here writing this, it is Friday evening, August 24, 2012, and his website does not have a review for 2016: Obama’s America.

I suppose it’s possible that the movie was not available early for critics in Chicago to see. If that’s the case, then his review should be up tomorrow, August 25, 2012. (Update: It is now Saturday afternoon, August 25, and he has still not reviewed the movie. )

Over at one of Roger Ebert’s blog entries, I asked him:

Roger, when will I get to have the privilege of reading your review of the new film “2016: Obama’s America”?

He answered:

At such time as it opens theatrically here.

I responded with the following. Since I just submitted it, it has not yet been approved by Ebert:

So you’re saying that the movie which is number one all over the country is not playing in any theaters in one of biggest cities in the country? I can’t recall that ever happening before.

Actually, it’s playing at FOURTEEN different Chicago theaters:


AMC Showplace Galewood 14
5530 W. Homer Blvd, Chicago, IL
‎10:15am‎ ‎12:45‎ ‎3:15‎ ‎5:45‎ ‎8:15‎ ‎10:45pm‎

AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18
7000 Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL
‎11:40am‎ ‎2:10‎ ‎4:50‎ ‎7:30‎ ‎10:10pm‎

Regal Gardens 7-13
4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL
‎12:10‎ ‎2:40‎ ‎5:10‎ ‎7:30‎ ‎9:50pm‎

AMC Loews Quarry Cinemas 14
9201 63rd St., Hodgkins, IL
‎11:35am‎ ‎1:50‎ ‎4:05‎ ‎6:20‎ ‎8:40pm‎

AMC Loews Crestwood 18
13221 Rivercrest Drive, Crestwood, IL
‎10:15am‎ ‎12:40‎ ‎3:00‎ ‎5:30‎ ‎7:50‎ ‎10:30pm‎

AMC Showplace Niles 12
301 Golf Mill Center, Niles, IL
‎10:25am‎ ‎12:55‎ ‎3:25‎ ‎5:45‎ ‎8:05‎ ‎10:25pm‎

AMC Loews Country Club Hills 16
4201 W.167th St., Country Club Hills, IL
‎11:00am‎ ‎1:45‎ ‎4:15‎ ‎7:20‎ ‎9:45pm‎

AMC Northbrook Court 14
1525 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook, IL
‎10:35am‎ ‎1:05‎ ‎3:45‎ ‎6:15‎ ‎8:30pm‎

AMC Randhurst 12
200 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, IL
‎11:30am‎ ‎1:50‎ ‎4:20‎ ‎7:40‎ ‎10:20pm‎

AMC Yorktown 17
80 Yorktown Shopping Ctr, Lombard, IL
‎11:50am‎ ‎2:30‎ ‎4:55‎ ‎7:25‎ ‎9:55pm‎

Marcus Addison Cinema
1555 West Lake Street, Addison, IL
‎12:55‎ ‎3:15‎ ‎5:30‎ ‎7:50‎ ‎10:05pm‎

AMC Loews Woodridge 18
10000 Woodward Ave., Woodridge, IL
‎11:00am‎ ‎1:20‎ ‎3:40‎ ‎6:00‎ ‎8:20‎ ‎10:40pm‎

AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20
601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL
‎11:05am‎ ‎1:30‎ ‎3:50‎ ‎6:20‎ ‎9:00pm‎

Cinemark at Seven Bridges
6500 Route 53, Woodridge, IL
‎12:10‎ ‎2:30‎ ‎4:50‎ ‎7:10‎ ‎9:30‎ ‎11:45pm‎

FIRST BOX OFFICE: Anti-Obama Movie #1


August 24, 2012

FRIDAY 2 PM: The anti-Obama movie 2016 Obama’s America went into wider release around America today and is opening right now in first place at the domestic box office. That’s quite a feat since the Rocky Mountain Pictures political documentary is still playing in only 1,090 North American theaters – or about 1/3 as many theaters as big-budget actioner The Expendables 2 (3,355 theaters).

Like I said above, I suppose it’s possible that the movie was not available early for critics in Chicago to see. If that’s the case, then his review should be up tomorrow.

Update: Roger Ebert has responded to my blog posting at his blog with the following:

Thanks for the info. Those are in outlying suburbs or cities. The distributors offered no screenings or screeners and did not announce the opening. A 40-mile round trip isn’t that easy for me. If they want to spend a couple of bucks to mail me a screener, that would be nice.

OK. So there really are no theaters in Chicago that are playing the movie. That’s a big surprise for such a major city, but it is certainly a legitimate explanation on Roger’s part.

Update #2: On September 3, 2012, I posted the following at Ebert’s blog:

Roger, “2016: Obama’s America” is now playing at a theater which (according to mapquest) is less than one mile from the Chicago-Sun Times. When will we be able to read your review?

AMC Loews 600 North Michigan 9
600 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
‎10:25am‎ ‎12:50‎ ‎3:10‎ ‎5:30‎ ‎7:55‎ ‎10:20pm‎

Ebert responded:

Didn’t know that. They must have just opened it. I’m going to the Toronto film festival, and in preparation have had 15 screenings in the last seven days. Why are you so obsessed with this?

I told him I don’t know why I’m so obsessed.

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
This is a major update, because Ebert's previous reason for not seeing the film was that it was not playing near him. Now it is playing less than one mile from the newspaper where he works, and he has still not reviewed it. When I had originally asked him, he said he would review it when it was playing near him. So hopefully, when he has time, we will get to read his review.
1 posted on 09/03/2012 11:34:16 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Ebert probably wouldn’t review that movie if you shoved it up his -— hey, there’s a thought!

2 posted on 09/03/2012 11:36:55 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: grundle

I thought that old queen died years ago.

3 posted on 09/03/2012 11:40:17 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: grundle

Who cares what Ebert thinks? Why keep bugging the man?

He would have panned it anyway, but now he’ll hate it thanks to all the obnoxious crap he’s had to put up with.

We like it. It’s a hit. Leave Ebert alone. We don’t need him.

4 posted on 09/03/2012 11:43:25 PM PDT by KingKongCobra
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To: grundle
So hopefully, when he has time, we will get to read his review.

Why hope to read what will undoubtedly be a negative review informed by Ebert's leftist political views? I respect and usually agree with Ebert's opinions on movies and movie-related topics like 3D and colorization of black and white films, but his politics are of the reflexive, unreasoning, angry liberal variety.
5 posted on 09/03/2012 11:48:54 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: grundle

Ebert sounds like he’s afraid you’re stalking him.

FWIW, most of the best films I’ve ever seen were panned by the reviewers. Most critics wouldn’t know a good flick if it bit them in the rump.

Sounds to me like this movie is going to be successful in spite of the reviews or lack of them. So who cares what these elitist snobs think of it?

6 posted on 09/04/2012 1:05:54 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: grundle

Who cares? Do we really need a review from
this moonbat anyway? All he’d do is say how it’s just one lie after another and give it a thumbs down.

7 posted on 09/04/2012 3:41:17 AM PDT by al_c (
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To: grundle

Ya dunno why no review?


8 posted on 09/04/2012 3:43:24 AM PDT by Flintlock (-THE TRUTH--It's the NEW hate speech.)
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To: Flintlock

He is still saddened by Clint. These freaks are predictable.

9 posted on 09/04/2012 3:56:54 AM PDT by commonguymd (New media has not replaced the MSM. It has emboldened it. twitter @commonguymd)
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To: grundle

That is funny! You would be good at collections.

10 posted on 09/04/2012 5:53:56 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ( "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The party left me." Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: grundle
My wife and I went and saw it in Independence MO last Sunday afternoon. Movie was 3/4 full and everyone clapped at the end. Looking at the crowd I remarked to the wife that if a shooter came to this showing the return fir would have been incredible. Here is my review with a little plagiarism....

This documentary goes into goes into detail about Obama's close eight-year relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, an American card-carrying Communist (Card #47544), who appears to have been almost a surrogate father for Obama and Obama's grand father's close friend during his formative years in Hawaii. The film goes through and explains why Obama thinks more differently about America than any president before him. The movie tells the story mainly through Obama himself reading from his book, Dreams From My Father, and interviews with people like Obama's half brother, George Obama, in Kenya. It's actually not the hatchet job I thought it would be, but a fairly serious-minded attempt to get to the heart of some of the decisions President Obama has made (and not made) during his first term in the White House. His father and and mother were were in separate countries but held the same socialist freedom fighter mentality all through their lives. It was very interesting and scary to understand the Socialist radical leftist anti colonial thinking in other countries and US college's today that has influenced Obama's mentors and his greatest friends all his life.

11 posted on 09/04/2012 6:34:07 AM PDT by badpacifist (Romney/Ryan Half right is better than all wrong)
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To: grundle

Who cares about Ebert - his time has come and gone. You see, I don’t go to the movies, but I wait until they come out on DVD. He’s just a guy who made a very good living being contrary to whoever he was partnered with. I liked Siskel a lot better as I thought his reviews were more encompassing.

12 posted on 09/04/2012 8:10:44 AM PDT by qwicwted
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To: grundle

Give it up Ebert is never going to review this film.

13 posted on 09/04/2012 8:32:54 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: grundle
Roger Ebert may next claim that his dog ate his homework/the screener tape.

Jim Emerson: On celebrities, Politics, and movie critics (shilling for Roger Ebert) (Chicago Sun Times October 14, 2004 - Jim Emerson, Editor of

Q. Why does Ebert review so many anti-Bush movies?

A. Mainly because so many are making it to theaters. Some readers have objected that Ebert has not been reviewing certain pro-Bush (or anti-Michael Moore or anti-Kerry) films, like "Fahrenhype 9/11" or the reportedly still unfinished anti-Kerry television program, "Stolen Honor." The reality is that no critic can single-handedly review everything that comes out (and Roger comes as close as anybody). Some may see his very choices of what to review as, in part, a reflection of his politics. But in the case of the two movies I just mentioned, they also have not received significant theatrical releases, and that also helps to dictate a critic's choices. "Going Upriver" (which was begun before Kerry ran for office and only covers his experience in Vietnam and anti-war activities shortly thereafter) was showcased at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival before its theatrical release; "Hijacking Catastrophe" (while also available on DVD -- like Robert Greenwald's "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" and "Uncovered: The War in Iraq) opened at the Music Box theater in Chicago (and Ebert covers movies as they open in Chicago); and, of course, "Fahrenheit 9/11" not only won the big prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year, but has become the top-grossing documentary in movie history.

14 posted on 09/04/2012 9:24:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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