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.

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    Chat with the stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson of “Mockingjay Part 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Mockingjay Part 2” is the final film of the Hunger Games franchise. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards chatted with Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson about what they will take away from their involvement with the film.

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    Chat with the Stars: Sam Claflin and Natalie Dormer of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Hunger Games franchise comes to an end when “Mockingjay Part 2” hits theaters Thursday, Nov. 19. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with Sam Claflin and Natalie Dormer to find out what it was like to be a part of the franchise and how it has helped build their careers.

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    Chat with the stars: Julianne Moore and Elizabeth Banks of the “The Hunger Games Mocking Jay Pt. 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The last installment of Hunger Games will hit theaters on Friday, Nov. 20. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Julianne Moore and Elizabeth Banks to find out what they loved about working with the franchise and what they will take away from the project.  

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    Chat with the stars: Sam Smith of “SPECTRE”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For years, James Bond movies have spawned memorable tunes. Sam Smith is behind the song in the latest bond flick,”SPECTRE.” Watch the video above to find out how Smith found inspiration to write the song “Writing’s On The Wall” and what the experience was like for him.

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    Hugh Jackman stars as Blackbeard in ‘Pan’

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    Chat with the stars: Kate Winslet of “Steve Jobs”

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    Chat with the stars: Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro of “The Intern”

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    Chat with the stars: Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O’Brien of “Maze Runner The Scorch Trials”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The second film in the “Maze Runner” series “The Scorch Trials” hits theaters in just a few days. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with the stars of the sci-fi thriller, Kaya Scodelario and Dylan O’Brien, to find out what went into training for the film and what it is like to shoot on location. What the video above to find out some of the fun things the two like to do while shooting a […]

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    Chat with the stars: Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut of “The Perfect Man”

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    Chat with the stars: M. Night Shyamalan and Jason Blum of “The Visit”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two of the biggest names in thriller and horror movies teamed up on the new film “The Visit.” FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards chatted with director M. Night Shyamalan and Jason Blum about the new thriller. Watch the video above to find out how the two teamed up and what motivates them to make films.

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