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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: 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.

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    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.  

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    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.

  • Stars of "Magic Mike XXL" reveal their favorite dance moves.

    Stars of “Magic Mike XXL” reveal their favorite dance moves

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – “Magic Mike XXL” is full of dancing.  Watch the video above to find out each of the star’s favorite dance moves.

  • Chat with the Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith of “Magic Mike XXL”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A lot of people are excited for “Magic Mike XXL” to head to theaters, but what some don’t realize is that one of the film’s characters almost didn’t make it into the movie. Jada said her part was originally written for a man, but Channing Tatum told her that he wanted her to play the part. Watch the video above to find out what made Jada want to be a part of the film and why […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Channing Tatum and tWitch of “Magic Mike XXL”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Whether it’s the “choreography” or the hunky men that push you to go see “Magic Mike XXL,” the film’s stars say a lot of  practice went into creating each scene. tWitch and Channing Tatum sat down with FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards to chat about the film, and Channing opened up about his history as a male dancer.

  • Chat with the stars: Amanda Seyfried of “Ted 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As “Ted 2” heads to theaters, FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards wanted to catch up with some of the stars of the film to get their thoughts on the sequel. Then during a strange twist of events while interviewing Amanda Seyfried, Shawn found himself being the one in the hot seat answering questions.

  • Chat with the Stars: Mark Wahlberg of “Ted 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The raunchy and rough around the edges stuffed bear is back in “Ted 2,” and Mark Wahlberg returns as his best friend in the sequel. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Wahlberg to find out what it took for a follow-up film to come together.

  • Chat with the Stars: Seth MacFarlane of “Ted 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The teddy bear with a big personality is back in “Ted 2.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the film’s writer and director Seth MacFarlane to find out where the idea for a talking teddy bear originally came from.

  • As it heats up outside, cool down indoors with Hollywood’s latest releases

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Looking for something fun to do, but it’s just too hot outside? Why not spend the night indoors and check out some of Hollywood’s latest flicks? FOX 4 film critics Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have the latest on which films are worth your time and attention. THE WATER DIVINER (R) Universal RUSS Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut with the sincere post-war melodrama, “The Water Diviner.” Crowe plays an Australian farmer who, in 1919, travels to […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Forrest Whitaker, Shameik Moore and Rick Famuyiwa of “Dope”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Dope” was the hit movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Several major movie studios got into a fierce bidding war over the right to distribute the movie.  Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker produced and narrates the movie. Watch the video above to hear from both Shameik Moore and director Rick Famuyiwa, or you can watch the video below to hear from Forrest Whitaker.