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Pat's Personal Portraits: The life of a movie critic

For most of us, movies are a chance to get away from our lives, to be transported to a different world for a few hours or just a way to escape some sweltering summer temperatures.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a movie critic and call heading to the local theater "work?"

I sat down with David Ramsey, President of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. I've always wanted to know if it's possible to get past the bias if you know going into the movie that you won't like it.

It sounds like the time to be a movie critic is around award season because that's when they get all the free stuff!

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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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