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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 fox4kc.com. The nationally recognized film critic is also co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association and is creator of iloveblackmovies.com.

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 (iloveblackmovies.com) 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
  • Screening room: “Foxcatcher” and “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast” popcorn bag reviews

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 1. FOXCATCHER (R) Sony Pictures Classics SHAWN “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo is dark, depressing and deeply disturbing. It’s also a very unpleasant movie experience and a film full of a lot of nothingness that ultimately dilute what could have been an incredible retelling of a fascinating true story. Steve Carell plays John du Pont, the paranoid schizophrenic millionaire who established an Olympic wrestling training facility on his Delaware estate, only to […]

  • “Focus” and “Leviathan” both receive high number of popcorn bags

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 1. FOCUS (R) Warner Brothers SHAWN Will Smith is back in form in “Focus” a stylized and sleek-looking movie about a con man who falls for a girl. And that girl is seductively played by Margot Robbie who sizzles in this movie. “Focus” isn’t your typical Will Smith movie. The star allows himself to be more vulnerable and rely less on his charismatic swagger than he usually does. It works. And he and Robbie have a […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Margot Robbie of “Focus”

    Nicky (Will Smith), a veteran con artist, takes a novice named Jess (Margot Robbie) under his wing. While Nicky teaches Jess the tricks of the trade, the pair become romantically involved; but, when Jess gets uncomfortably close, Nicky ends their relationship. Three years later, Nicky is in Buenos Aires working a very dangerous scheme when Jess — now an accomplished femme fatale — unexpectedly shows up. Her appearance throws Nicky for a loop at a time when he cannot afford […]

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    Chat with the Stars: Will Smith of “Focus”

    A veteran con man gets a blast from the past from a woman who learned the tricks of the trade from him. Her return throws a monkey wrench in the plans for his latest scheme. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Will Smith about his new film “Focus.” Find out in the video above what Smith had to say about his new career direction and what it was like to be back out in front of the camera.

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    Chat with the Stars: Rob Coddry, Adam Scott and Clark Duke of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″

    The magical hot tub is back. Find out where Rob Coddry, Adam Scott and Clark Duke of “Hot Tub Time Machine 2″ said they would not want to go if the time machine was real. Watch the video above to find out. Some of their answers will shock you.

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    Chat with the Stars: Samuel L. Jackson and Sofia Boutella ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’

    NEW YORK — Samuel L. Jackson and Sofia Boutella joined FOX 4′ s Shawn Edwards to chat about their latest role in  ‘Kingsman: Secret Service.’ Find out what Boutella refers to Jackson as in the video above.

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    Chat with the stars: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson of ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’

    Colin Firth of ‘Kingsman: Secret Service’ and “new kids on the block” Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson sat down with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards to chat about their first ever feature film. Find out what the two “newbies” had to say about the film and their experience.

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    Chat with the Stars: Terrence Howard of “Empire”

    “Empire” is the hottest show on TV. It’s ratings have grown each week since it premiered five weeks ago. Much of the show’s success is due to Academy Award nominees Tatraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard who first worked together on the 2005 film “Hustle & Flow.” Terrence Howard joined FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards to chat about why the show is so fun to be apart of. Empire” has boldly become must see TV. The show revolves around a dying music […]

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    Will you want to move from “The Boy Next Door?” “Mortedai” mortifying? Popcorn Bag reviews!

    Kansas City, MO —   1) THE BOY NEXT DOOR (R) Universal   RUSS Jennifer Lopez takes a break from her judging duties on “American Idol” to star in the derivative thriller, “The Boy Next Door.” J Lo plays a schoolteacher who has a misguided one-night stand with the handsome teenager next door, only to discover that he’s a violent and obsessive psycho.   SHAWN Jennifer Lopez is perhaps too old and too smart to star in a movie this dumb and […]

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    Chat with the stars: Jennifer Lopez of “The Boy Next Door”

    Jennifer Lopez sat down to talk with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards to talk about her her new romantic thriller “The Boy Next Door” and her role as a judge on “American Idol.” Lopez said the film was done in 25 days on a  $4 million budget. Find out why she was so passionate about producing this particular film.

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    Chat with the Stars: Ryan Guzman ‘The Boy Next Door’

    Ryan Guzman of ‘The Boy Next Door’ chatted with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards and shared what it was like to work with Jennifer Lopez.  Guzman also shared what he loved about the role he played.

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    Screening room: “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher”

    Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards broke down their favorite parts of the film “American Sniper,” and raved over Bradley Cooper’s performance. The two also spoke about the how the dark story line of “Foxcatcher” may turn viewers off.