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
  • Christian Bale says intent of “The Promise” is to enlighten people of genocide

    “The Promise” follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the sophisticated Ana, and an american journalist named Chris. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards traveled back to the Ottoman Empire to talk with Christian Bale, who said proceeds from the film will go to charities that help bring awareness to genocides and provide proof so those responsible can be held accountable.

  • Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin all say there was a time they almost quit acting

    Three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to get back the money their bank stole. That’s the plot of the new movie “Going in Style.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards had the opportunity to sit down with the movie’s award-winning actors Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin to talk about if there was ever a time in their careers that they thought about giving up on acting. “Going in Style” opened in theaters April 7.

  • Ariel Winter makes “Smurfs” cast feel old when talking about first memory of franchise

    The Smurfs franchise dates back to the early 80s but 19-year-old actress Ariel Winter was not alive to see the shows as they aired on television for the first time. When FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Winter, Michelle Rodriguez and Jack McBrayer about their first memories of the franchise, Winter recalled a movie, that caused Shawn and the rest of the cast to giggle and mention how old they felt. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” opens in theaters April 7.

  • If Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello had smurf names, this is what they’d be

    Demi Lovato and Joe Manganiello star in the first fully animated Smurfs movie. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards recently sat down with the stars to find out what it was like working on the movie and if they could choose, what their smurf name would be. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” opens in theaters April 7.

  • FOX 4’s interview with Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal goes off the rails

    AUSTIN, Texas — Sometimes, an interview stays so focused on the film. Other times, this happens. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got a chance to sit down with both Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal to talk about their new film “Life,” and needless to say, it went a bit off the rails. Reynolds and Gyllenhaal were a couple of crack-ups, and in no time Shawn Edwards also got the giggles. Watch the trailer below: Shawn previously interviewed actress Rebecca Ferguson for […]

  • Kristen Bell got her motorcycle license to impress Dax Shepard when first dating

    “CHiPs” the movie is a remake of the buddy cop TV series of “Chips”. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with Kristen Bell, whose husband, Dax Shepard, wrote, directed and starred in the movie. Kristen says you don’t have to have prior knowledge of the show to get the new movie. She also reveals that when her and Dax were first dating, she thought getting her motorcycle license would impress him. “CHIPS” opens in theaters March 24.

  • Shawn Edwards delves into the mysteries of outer space with star of new film “Life”

    AUSTIN, Texas — To be frank, promotional interviews can at times be, shall we say, of little depth. “What was it like working with [insert acclaimed actor’s name here]?” they say, or “tell me about how you got into character.” We’ve all seen those interviews before. But FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards definitely went a different route when he sat down with Swedish/British actress Rebecca Ferguson, star of the new film “Life,” also starring Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. Shawn and Rebecca talked […]

  • FOX 4 chats with stars of new CHIPS movie

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got a chance to sit down with Michael Peña and Dax Shepard, stars of the new CHIPS movie, a big screen take on the classic 1970s TV show. The two discussed the challenges of filming, especially for Peña, who had to learn how to ride a motorcycle for the movie. Watch the trailer below:

  • Dax Shepard and Michael Pena said they grew up envying the troopers in “CHIPs”

    The classic TV show “CHIPs” is getting a brand new look on the big screen. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards chat with Dax Shepard and Michael Pena, who play two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers as they make their rounds on the freeways of Los Angeles. “CHIPs” opens in theaters March 24.

  • Power Rangers’ Elizabeth Banks says her brother was a huge fan of the show

    If your kids grew up in the 90s, there’s a good chance they watched the Power Rangers at some point. The hit show wrapped up in 1996 but will make a huge comeback. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with the star of the new movie, Elizabeth Banks, about what it was like to be a part of Power Rangers universe and who in her family was the most excited about her role. “Power Rangers” opens in theaters Friday, March 24.  

  • John Goodman talks about latest film ‘Kong: Skull Island’ and his favorite KC barbecue

    LOS ANGELES — FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got to sit down with Missouri native John Goodman, star of the new King Kong film, “Kong: Skull Island.” The film boasts an all-star cast of Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Academy Award nominees Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, and Tom Hiddleston. The film is seen as the second installment, along with 2014’s Godzilla, in Legendary Entertainment’s ‘MonsterVerse.’ Two more tie-in films are in the works for the studio. Goodman chatted with Edwards, who […]

  • Samuel L. Jackson reveals what he did in his free time while shooting in Vietnam

    In “Kong: Skull Island” a team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers explore an uncharted island, and their mission quickly becomes one of survival. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards talks to Hollywood heavyweight Samuel L. Jackson about the movie being one of the first to film in Vietnam. “Kong: Skull Island” opens in theaters March 10.