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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
  • Three popcorn bags (with 1 exception) in The Screening Room

    Three movies reviewed this week: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES(PG-13) Paramount Pictures SHAWN The problem with the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” isn’t the premise. It’s the execution. The idea is rad. The way things play out is sad. Probably best if animated. This live action version is creepy and awkward. The Turtles look like cheap Halloween costumes and Megan Fox and Will Arnett who represent the humans seem as if acting is a foriegn language that they clearly do not know […]

  • Into the Storm actors recall their scariest natural disaster experience

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards talked to four of the stars of Into the Storm: Matt Walsh, Nathan Kress, Alycia Debnam Carey and Arlen Escarpeta. Are they thrill-seekers?  What is their scariest natural disaster memory?

  • Megan Fox stars as April in TMNT

    “How can you not want to love the turtles?” Megan Fox asks when she chatted with film critic Shawn Edwards about her role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fox says she’s 90% kid and loves the turtles. Watch Shawn’s conversation with her in the player above, where she reveals which turtle she’d want to hang out with if she had to choose. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes out on Friday, Aug. 7.  

  • Will Arnett knows KC better than he thinks he does

    Film critic Shawn Edwards spoke to Will Arnett about his experience making the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but first they had to talk about Kansas City. Shawn encouraged him to take a trip to our hometown. What does Arnett want to experience in KC? Watch the video for more on that and the movie coming out on Friday, Aug. 8.

  • Chat with the Stars: Chadwick Boseman from “Get On Up”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Mr. Dynamite,” “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “The Godfather of Soul:” No matter what you call him, James Brown was a legendary performer who broke ground musically. A new movie out Friday gives audiences a glimpse into the life of James Brown. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sits down to chat with Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson last year, and this year brings James Brown to life in the hard hitting biopic “Get On […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Director of “Get On Up”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After directing an award winning film, Tate Taylor is back with his newest film, “Get On Up,” a new movie out Friday gives audiences a glimpse into the life of James Brown. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with the director about none other than Mick Jagger’s input as the film’s producer.

  • Chat with the Stars: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    FOX 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards talked to Andy Serkis, the man behind many masks, makeup and movies.

  • Legendary stage and screen actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

    The multi-talented screen legend was much more than a talented actress but also Civil Rights activist and humanitarian who starred in more than 40 movies. Actress Ruby Dee, who died Thursday, June 12 at the age of 91, is arguably one of the most iconic black actresses in the history of cinema. Best known for her role as Mother Sister in Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece “Do the Right Thing,” Dee starred in more than 40 movies, many with her legendary […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Emily Blunt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emily Blunt stars with Tom Cruise in the sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow. Blunt isn’t the helpless damsel in distress nor is she eye-candy in this film. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards talked to her about the power in her character and what it’s like to work with Tom Cruise.

  • X-Men cast considers where they’d go if they could travel back in time

    LOS ANGELES — The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past considered the question entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards posed to them: If you could travel in time, to which time period would you go? The answers varied from the 1960s, to the ’70s, and the 80s…. and even back to ‘the womb’! Find out who gave which answers in the video player above.

  • Neighbors stars talk swag socks, parties, and their college party-game skills

    “Neighbors” stars Zac Efron and Dave Franco didn’t attend college themselves, but they talked about their favorite college party games when they chatted with entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards.

  • Don’t forget us! KCK native Janelle Monae stars in Rio 2

    MIAMI — Kansas City, Kan. native Janelle Monae is all grown up now and representing her hometown so well! FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with her in Miami and recalled his first memory of her, when she still lived in Kansas City, Kan., before she moved to Miami to make a name for herself. Back then, the R&B singer and composer lived in a boarding house with six other girls and sold her own CDs out of her house. […]