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
  • 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.

  • Tom Hiddleston says the people of Vietnam were very welcoming to the movie crew

    Tom Hiddleston is best known as the villain in the “Thor” movies, but he will soon return to the big screen in “Kong: Skull Island.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Hiddleston about being one of the first to film a movie in Vietnam. “Kong: Skull Island” opens in theaters March 10.

  • Boyd Holbrook of “Logan” says film’s R-rating helps take it to the next level

    The mutants are gone or very nearly so, and Wolverine is drinking his days away in the new movie “Logan.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with Boyd Holbrook about how this new film lets people see the side of Logan they’ve always wanted. “Logan” opens in theaters March 3.

  • Patrick Stewart of “Logan” says diversity in his work has always been one of his driving forces

    In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with “Logan’s” Patrick Stewart about the transformation of the world of X-Men. “Logan” opens in theaters March 3.

  • Stars of new film ‘Get Out’ mesh comedy and horror

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got a chance to sit down with the stars of the new film “Get Out,” described as a comedy/horror in which a young couple visits the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents. The film is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele, himself best known as one half of the popular comedy duo Key and Peele, and stars English actor Daniel Kaluuya, and Allison Williams, star of HBO’s “Girls” and the daughter of news anchor Brian Williams. Watch the trailer […]

  • Jordan Peele says as a fan he saw a need then wrote “Get Out”

    Best known as half of the comedic duo Key and Peele, Jordan Peele makes his directing debut with the film “Get Out,” which he also wrote. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Peele to find out where the seed for the film came from “Get Out” opens in theaters Feb. 24.

  • FOX 4 chats with Will Arnett, voice of Batman in LEGO Batman Movie

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got a chance to sit down with Will Arnett, who voices the famous caped crusader in the new LEGO Batman Movie. The film is technically a spin-off, after Arnett voiced Batman in the 2014 LEGO Movie. The animated comedy is being acclaimed by critics, as well as audiences of all ages. Watch the trailer below.

  • Pedro Pascal says extravagant set created for “The Great Wall” made him feel like a little kid

    “The Great Wall” is a 2017 epic historical fiction action-adventure monster film directed by the great Chinese director Zhang Yimou. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Pedro Pascal about shooting in China and what it was like shooting with two people he says are his idols in the film industry. “The Great Wall” opens in theaters Feb. 17.

  • FOX 4 talks to Matt Damon on upcoming epic adventure film ‘The Great Wall’

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got a chance to sit down with one of the biggest actors in the world, Matt Damon. Damon talked about working on his latest film, “The Great Wall.” He said the biggest thing that attracted him to the project was the film’s director, Yimou Zhang, who Damon called his favorite Chinese director. The movie tells the tale of Chinese forces trying to defend the wall not just from outside invaders, but from otherworldly beasts as well. Watch […]

  • FOX 4 chats with Jamie Dornan, who stars as Christian Grey in the romantic thriller ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

    Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the highly anticipated next installment in the “Fifty Shades” saga hit theaters. The complex love story continues as Anastasia and Christian Grey rekindle their romance in “Fifty Shades Darker.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Jamie Dornan, who plays the enigmatic billionaire Christian Grey. Edwards pulled no punches with Dornan, asking him straight up: What’s it like filming intimate sex scenes in front of dozens of film crew members? Watch the trailer below:

  • E.L. James says she’s having fun working in Hollywood while still doing things “normal people do”

    While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her in the movie “Fifty Shades Darker.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with writer E.L. James, who wrote the books, to chat about what was going through her mind when she sat down to write them and why she decided to set the scene in Seattle. “Fifty Shades Darker” opens in theaters Feb. 10.