Sad news today for anyone who loves movies, or appreciates the art of film criticism: Stanley Kauffman, who was sort of the dean of movie critics, died this morning in a New York hospital. He was 97.
Kauffman started at The New Republic as film critic in 1958, and he never left the magazine's staff. (His last original review was in August, of the documentary "Our Nixon.") He was enthusiastic, sharp, and very humanist in his approach.
Others will write more lucid tributes to Kauffman's writing, but The Cricket wanted to get in one personal remembrance.