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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
  • Chat with the Stars: Jordana Brewster and Nathalie Emmanuel of ‘Furious 7′

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The latest “Fast and Furious” film hits theaters Friday. The film stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with the women of “Furious 7″ to find out if they expected the first film turn into a franchise. Watch the video above to hear from Jordana Brewster and Nathalie Emmanuel.

  • Chat with the Stars: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson of ‘Furious 7′

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The gang from the “Fast and the Furious” movies is speeding back into theaters. “Furious 7″ promises to bring back the fast cars, explosions, and some of our favorite cast members. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards joined “The Rock” to learn more about the film and what The Rock often did when he visited Kansas City,

  • Chat with the Stars: Vin Diesel of “Furious 7″

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The action flick “Furious 7″ is ready to dominate the weekend box office after the previous six films grossed nearly $2.5 billion worldwide. FOX 4’s film critic Shawn Edwards chats with one of the franchise’s lead actors about the final production. Watch the video above to hear from Vin Diesel and find out what he said he was most proud of accomplishing while working with the franchise.

  • Chat with the Stars: Ludacris of “Furious 7″

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The latest “Fast and the Furious” film hits theaters Friday. The film stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with rapper-turned-actor Ludacris to chat about his role in “Furious 7.” Watch the video above to find out what Ludacris said he would like to do after seeing the film.

  • Cast of Furious 7 remembers friend Paul Walker

    Actor Paul Walker died in a fiery car crash on November 30th, 2013. And his death took a piece of the cast, crew and fan’s hearts. Now the cast of “Furious 7″ reflects on the actor and their time spent with him.

  • Jason Statham: Not-so-nice guy in Furious 7

    Jason Statham became a huge action star in movies like “Transporter” and “Snatch.” Now the British actor joins the “Fast and Furious” franchise as the not-so-nice guy who is out to take down the entire crew in “Furious 7

  • Chat with the stars: James Wan of ‘Furious 7′

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Director James Wan is best known for horror movie classics like “Saw,” “Insidious” and “The Conjuring.” Now he takes the Fast and Furious franchise to the next level. Click play to hear from the director and how he used his background in horror to help pull off his latest project.

  • Chat with the stars: Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin of “Home”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin all star in the extremely family-friendly movie “Home.” The film is based on a story book. The film features an alien who is on the run and lands on Earth. The alien then meets a friend named Tip, who is on his own adventure. Watch the video above to hear from the voices of the characters and find out what they loved about doing an animated movie.

  • Chat with the Stars: Cinderella

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cinderella comes to life in the newest Disney live-action adaptation. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with Cinderella about her new role, and Prince Charming himself in the video.

  • 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 […]