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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.


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    The third film in The Hunger Games series is now in theaters and after a year-long wait, fans are eager– and hungry– for their favorite characters to fight the Capitol. Entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards sat down with Natalie Dormer, who plays Cressida, a member of the rebel faction fighting the Capitol, and Sam Claflin, aka Finnick, Katniss’ rival in The Hunger Games who became her friend. Shawn talked to Claflin about what it’s like to be in such a popular […]

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards review the latest movies released for home viewing.  

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This week, FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons review “The Judge” and “Kill the Messenger.” Both Russ and Shawn gave “The Judge” three out of five popcorn bags. Yet they agreed:  It’s too long, predictable, and saddled with too many sub-plots. “”The Judge has plenty of flaws to cover up. Thank goodness we got Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall on board to do the covering,” Russ said. As for “Kill the Messenger”, […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Alfre Woodard in Annabelle

    Before The Conjuring, there was Annabelle. The vintage doll returns to scare audiences once again. In 1967, Annabelle is a gift from husband, John,  to his pregnant wife, Mia. But when she begins to believe the doll is tied to terrifying supernatural occurrences in their home, she asks him to throw it away. It keeps reappearing and they soon discover the doll was connected to a satanic cult and that demons want their child’s soul. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Dracula’s wife in “Dracula Untold”

    Many don’t know the story of Dracula is actually a love story. With the new release of  “Dracula Untold” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with actor Sarah Gadon, who plays Mirena, the woman Dracula loved.

  • Chat with the Stars: Gone Girl

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with the stars of ‘Gone Girl,’ a film adapted from a novel written by Kansas City native, Gillian Flynn.

  • Screening Room: Gone Girl and The Good Lie

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons give their take on two recently released movies: ‘The Good Lie’ and ‘Gone Girl.’

  • Stars of “This is Where I Leave You” recall sitting still in their lives

    LOS ANGELES —  Tina Fey and Jason Bateman star in “This Is Where I Leave You”, a funny film about the Altman family who get together after their father dies to fulfill his final wish and sit Shiva for him for an entire week. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards asked the stars what’s the longest period of inactivity they’ve had in their lives. Watch the video in the player above for their answers!  

  • Former Downton Abbey actor stars in dark, crime-thriller with Liam Neeson

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  • Liam Neeson stars in A Walk Among the Tombstones

    LOS ANGELES — A Walk Among the Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson, may seem familiar. Once again, Neeson is stepping up with unmatched bravery and risk-taking to help those in distress. “I do favors for people,” his character, Matt Scudder says. Scudder is an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Neeson in Los Angeles about the film that while familiar, goes deeper and darker than all his others.  

  • Chat with the Stars: ‘The Drop’

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  • Chatting with the stars of The Expendables 3

    The Expendables 3 opens in theaters on Friday, Aug. 15. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards talked to Terry Crews and Dolph Lundgren about what it takes to bring together so much star-power. Professional boxer, Victor Ortiz, born and raised in Garden City, Kan., appears in The Expendables 3 in his first movie role. Shawn chatted with him at a different time and place, and in very different attire.