Quote of the day: Roger Ebert

The movie critic explains the upside of rape and murder

Topics: The Lovely Bones, Broadsheet,

We generally like to keep our political agenda off our entertainment zone, but that never stopped us from calling out crap when we see it. Which is why Roger Ebert, never far from the upper reaches of our regard anyway, wins special distinction today for his blistering smackdown on “The Lovely Bones.”  The whole thing is great, but if you require your widely panned Peter Jackson opuses to be distilled into one line, let it be this one: “If you’re a 14-year-old girl who has been brutally raped and murdered by a serial killer, you have a lot to look forward to.”

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.

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