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
  • O'Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell of "Straight Outta Compton"

    Chat with the stars: O’Shea Jackson, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell of “Straight Outta Compton”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the mid-1980’s, N.W.A emerged from the streets of southern Los Angeles and onto the music scene. Their rise to fame is depicted in the new movie “Straight Outta Compton.” Ice Cube is played by his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. FOX 4 film critic sat down with all of the stars to find out what it was like to play such iconic rolls and see who has the best rap skills. 

  • Director F. Gary Gray of "Straight Outta Compton"

    Chat with the stars: F. Gary Gray “Straight Outta Compton”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Director F. Gary Gray brings the story of N.W.A to life in his latest film “Straight Outta Compton,” which features the world’s most dangerous group. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with Gray to chat about how he thinks hip-hop has influenced cinema and what it was like shooting the film in Compton.

  • Chat with the stars: Nat Wolff, Halston Sage and John Green of “Paper Towns”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The stars “Paper Towns” say they felt they could relate to the characters in the film, which is why they wanted to be a part of the project. Author John Green says that he thinks Nat Wolff and Halston Sage were great for the role.

  • Chat with the stars: Rebecca Ferguson of “Mission: Impossible– Rogue Nation”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  It seems there’s no mission Tom Cruise wouldn’t choose to accept. But as the fifth installment of the Mission: Impossible series ‘Rogue Nation’ hits theaters, his new partner in crime is showing off some serious stunt work. Fox4’s Shawn Edwards chats with Rebecca Ferguson about her serious  workout regimen for the film.

  • Chat with the Stars: Simon Pegg of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Simon Pegg who is typically known for being funny traded in jokes for stunts in his latest film “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” Pegg says he loves when he gets the opportunity to do his own stunts. Watch the video above to find out what Pegg loves the most about the Mission: Impossible films.

  • Road trip through KC

    Movie Trip TV visits some of Kansas City’s most famous movie locations

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In this special Chat with the Stars, FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards teamed up with Movie Trip TV and its host Theresa O’Leary. Movie Trip TV is a new concept that was created here in Kansas City that specializes in location vacations. That’s where people travel to iconic locations where movies have been filmed. So Theresa and her crew went on a “Vacation” movie inspired road trip around Kansas City in an RV to visit some of […]

  • Trainwreck: Funny but also deep and honest

    LOS ANGELES — ‘Trainwreck’ is definitely auto-biographical, Amy Schumer told FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards. “What I wasn’t expecting was how moving it was,” said her co-star Bill Hader. She has the standup game locked down, Shawn said.  So he asked her, “How was acting?” “She was having a ton of fun, having a lot of fun with the crew, and incredibly confident,” said Hader.

  • KC native Paul Rudd plays the role of Ant-Man

    Chat with the stars: Paul Rudd of “Ant-Man”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Overland Park native Paul Rudd brings to life the tale of an ex-convict who was recruited by scientists to become a superhero in his latest film. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Rudd to chat about his new lead role in “Ant-Man” and find out how he got his superhero physique.

  • Chat with the stars: Pfeifer Brown, Reese Mishler, Ryan Shoos and Cassidy Gifford of “The Gallows”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In “The Gallows” students try to bring back a school play that ended in a terrible accident 20 years earlier. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the stars of the film to chat but because the scenes are too terrifying to show, they opted to play a game instead.

  • Chat with the stars: Co-Directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin of “Minions”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They got their start in the 2010 animated hit “Despicable Me,” and now the little yellow creatures are back in their latest film “Minions.” Co-Directors Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin shared how they came up with the idea for the film and whether they thought the film would do as well as the Despicable Me series.

  • Minions

    Chat with the stars: Sandra Bullock of “Minions” chats about scene created for her son

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Every actor or actress dreams of being offered the perfect villain part, and for Sandra Bullock the “Minions” movie was her chance to play an “evil” role. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards chatted with Bullock about her “evil” love for the yellow people and her special scene just for her young son Louie.  

  • Sandra Bullock of "Minions"

    Chat with the stars: Sandra Bullock of “Minions”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Playing a role in an animated movie can be a difficult task for actors and actresses to tackle. Oscar award-winning actress Sandra Bullock said playing the voice of a character is a lot harder than people think.