Shawn Edwards

Film Critic

Shawn Edwards is an award-winning journalist for FOX 4 News in Kansas City, Missouri and one of the country's leading African American film critics. Known for his sharp insight and considerable knowledge of the business side of the movie industry Edwards has quickly made a name for himself as a respected and trusted film critic. He has been quoted on more than 300 movies since he began reviewing movies for FOX in 2000.

Edwards' reviews can be seen on the "Screening Room" which airs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Fox 4 News or at The nationally recognized film critic is also co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association and is creator of

He has written and produced three documentaries about black film: "We Make Movies Too: The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever)," "No Joke: The 50 Best Black Movie Comedies (Ever)" and "Our Heroes: The 25 Best Black Movies (Ever)." Edwards is currently working on his fourth documentary about black film "The Movies We Love: The 25 Most Romantic Black Movies (Ever)" which will premiere in the summer of 2010.

Edwards also produced "A Celebration of Black Film." The well attended film event is a tribute to the historical contributions blacks have made to cinema. Edwards is also co-creator of the "Kansas City Urban Film Festival." The festival showcases independent filmmaking by diverse filmmakers from around the world.

Edwards began his journalism career as an editor/writer for "The Pitch" in Kansas City, Missouri. He also freelanced for "Vibe," "The Source" and "XXL" national music magazines. Where he wrote feature stories about music and movies.

Edwards has won numerous journalism awards. In 2009 he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club and their National Entertainment Journalism Awards as the best film critic on television an award Edwards also received in 2008 along with his "Screening Room" partner Russ Simmons. Edwards was also recognized in the Best Feature for TV ("Chat with the Stars") and Best Online Film Critic ( at this year's National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

Edwards is currently writing a book on the history of black film and producing television shows for Black Entertainment Television in conjunction with FGW Productions which is based in Los Angeles, California.

Recent Articles

  • Don’t forget us! KCK native Janelle Monae stars in Rio 2

    Posted on: 11:05 am, April 11, 2014, by

    MIAMI — Kansas City, Kan. native Janelle Monae is all grown up now and representing her hometown so well! FOX 4...
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  • Kevin Costner, a huge sports fan, stars in Draft Day

    Posted on: 10:26 am, April 10, 2014, by

    LOS ANGELES — Kevin Costner play general manager Sonny Weaver, who’s under intense  pressure on draft day as he tries...
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  • Your attention please: The best voice ever speaks to your overuse of technology

    Posted on: 8:32 am, April 10, 2014, by

    LOS ANGELES– Morgan Freeman stars with Johnny Depp in the new film Transcendence. Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is an artificial...
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  • A Chiefs game is on actress Jennifer Garner’s bucket list

    Posted on: 8:32 am, April 9, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  While chatting about the new movie, Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, FOX 4...
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  • Divergent: Theo James remembers a particular movie as a 12-year-old kid

    Posted on: 10:09 am, March 19, 2014, by

    LOS ANGELES — Theo James stars in Divergent, a role that should give his career a big boost. Shawn Edwards...
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  • Divergent’s Shailene Woodley loves the sisterhood depicted in the film

    Posted on: 9:04 am, March 19, 2014, by and

    FOX 4 entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards asked Shailene Woodley, the star of the highly-anticipated film Divergent, if she’s ready for...
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  • A chat with the Rob Reiner

    Posted on: 2:25 pm, December 27, 2013, by

    LOS ANGELES — Rob Reiner told FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards that “If Martin Scorsese calls, you go.” So, when Scorcese called...
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  • Chat with the Stars: Oscar Isaac thrilled to be in Coen Brothers’ film

    Posted on: 8:10 am, December 27, 2013, by

    Oscar Isaac stars as an up-and-coming singer in the new Coen Brothers’ film called ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’ The film is...
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  • Chat with the Stars: Grudge Match

    Posted on: 10:41 am, December 26, 2013, by

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards chats with Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro about their roles in the new movie Grudge...
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  • Chat with the Stars: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Posted on: 8:26 am, December 26, 2013, by , updated on: 09:53am, December 26, 2013

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards sat down and spoke with Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig about their...
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  • Chat with the stars, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Posted on: 5:38 pm, December 17, 2013, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards sat down and spoke with Will Ferrell, Steve Carroll, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate,...
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  • Chat with the Stars: Tyler Perry and Tika Sumpter in A Madea Christmas

    Posted on: 1:41 pm, December 11, 2013, by

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards spoke with Tyler Perry and Tika Sumpter who star in the new movie A Madea Christmas.
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