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
  • Chat with the stars: Murray Gray and director Simeon Rice of “Unsullied”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Simeon Rice is a former all-pro defensive end who played for more than 10 years in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since retiring from the game, Rice has been working in the film industry. His most recent work is “Unsullied” with leading actress Murray Gray. What the video above to find out how Rice took his football experience and incorporated it into his directing.

  • Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg

    Chat with the stars: Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg of “American Ultra”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – A stoner and wannabe graphic novelist turns out to be CIA sleeper agent in action flick “American Ultra.” Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg sat down with FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards to chat about doing their own stunts and what they loved about shooting the film in New Orleans.

  • Chat with the stars: Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” had lots of fans in the 60s and now it heads back to theaters as a new film. Stars of the film, Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill, sat down with Shawn Edwards to chat about the film, but in the midst of the interview Hammer revealed he was a huge Tech N9ne fan. Hammer even told Cavill that he should be a “technician.”  

  • Ice Cube and DJ Yella of “Straight Outta Compton”

    Chat with the stars: Ice Cube and DJ Yella of “Straight Outta Compton”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two of the original members of N.W.A Ice Cube and DJ Yella shared what it meant to them to put their controversial story on the big screen. Watch the video above to find out what the stars said was their favorite N.W.A song.

  • 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.