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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    FOX 4 chats with Ali Larter, star of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got a chance to sit down with Ali Larter, star of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” The film is the sixth installment in the Resident Evil film franchise, which itself is based on a video game series. Watch the trailer below:  

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    Milla Jovovich says she never would have imagined “Resident Evil” would become a series

    “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is movie number six in the popular franchise. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with star of the film Milla Jovovich about filming in Cape Town, South Africa and why she’s shocked the series now has six films. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” opens in theaters Jan. 27.  

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    Stars of “Sleepless” divulge set secrets and why they enjoy acting in action flicks

    Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx is back on the big screen in the new movie “Sleepless.” He plays an undercover police officer who gets caught in a web of gangsters as he tries to find his kidnapped son. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Foxx and Michelle Monaghan about where the film was shot and what it was like to be a part of an action movie. “Sleepless” opened in theaters Jan. 13.

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    FOX 4 chats with Lewis MacDougall, star of emotional fantasy ‘A Monster Calls’

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    Actor Theo James says he doesn’t like using a stunt double

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    FOX 4 chats with Kate Beckinsale, star of Underworld: Blood Wars

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    Andrew Garfield describes working with Martin Scorsese as blessing, privilege

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    Emma Stone weighs in on whether she’s a better singer, dancer or actress

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    FOX 4 chats with Pharrell Williams on new film ‘Hidden Figures’

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    Shawn’s BEST MOVIES OF 2016 list! Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yes, 2016 is a wrap. Was it a good year? Well that’s debatable depending on each individual person. In terms of movies it was alright. In terms of movies about the black experience it was exceptional. Historical in fact. Now the term best is so subjective but here are my Top 5.   5) THE BIRTH OF A NATION (R) Fox Searchlight Nat Turner finally got his movie. And this long over due mostly unknown episode of American […]

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    Cast of “Hidden Figures” say after initially reading the script they felt it was their mission to tell this untold story

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