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Of the 21.25 Spielberg movies Roger Ebert has reviewed (the .25 being Spielberg's quarter of "Twilight Zone -- The Movie," which also featured segments by John Landis, Joe Dante and George Miller), his average rating has been 3.270588 stars. Count 'em:
The following exchange, reprinted here in its entirety, began with an e-mail to Ebert's Movie Answer Man column.
IMAX theaters in several Southern cities have decided not to show a film on volcanoes out of concern that its references to evolution might offend those with fundamental religious beliefs. -- Associated Press
I went to see the "Robots" film with my wife and, although the film is stunning visually and in conception, we both felt uncomfortable while watching. We ended up leaving after 30 minutes. Here were the problems we had with this movie:
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Dear Mr. Ebert: