Shawn Edwards

Film Critic

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: The chemistry of The Hunger Games supporting cast

    Posted on: 10:45 am, November 22, 2013, by , updated on: 10:49am, November 22, 2013

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards talked to the cast about the behind-the-scenes magic that goes into the film. Related: Jennifer Lawrence...
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  • Screening Room reviews for: Catching Fire, Delivery Man, Dallas Buyers Club

    Posted on: 9:11 am, November 22, 2013, by and , updated on: 04:25pm, November 22, 2013

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — 1) THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG-13) Lionsgate RUSS Hungerheads…or, should I say, Tributes…the wait is...
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  • Chat with the Stars: Jennifer Lawrence makes cry face over Josh’s comment

    Posted on: 10:00 am, November 21, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:44am, November 21, 2013

    FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards asked The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson if he’s tired of Jennifer Lawrence yet. His answer...
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  • Chat with the Stars: What book inspired you when you were young?

    Posted on: 10:57 am, November 20, 2013, by , updated on: 11:02am, November 20, 2013

    It’s a movie franchise that has caught ‘Fire’ thanks to the popular Young Adult books. Find out what books inspired...
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  • Finally, the holiday sequel to The Best Man

    Posted on: 8:44 am, November 14, 2013, by , updated on: 10:09am, November 14, 2013

    What took so long to make a sequel to “The Best Man”? That’s the question FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards asked...
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  • The question: How much do you know about slavery?

    Posted on: 9:15 am, November 1, 2013, by , updated on: 09:17am, November 1, 2013

    In his Chat with the Stars, entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards asked the cast of ’12 Years a Slave’ how much...
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  • Chat With the Stars: Les Miserables Star Hugh Jackman

    Posted on: 11:57 am, December 7, 2012, by

    FOX 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards talks to Hugh Jackman, star of the new musical movie Les Miserables.
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  • How will Seth MacFarlane Fare as Oscar Host?

    Posted on: 11:55 am, October 2, 2012, by

    He’s funny, he’s outspoken, and at times a little.. no, a lot… raunchy.  But could Seth MacFarlane be just what...
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  • Cast of Sparkle Chats About the Remaking of a Classic

    Posted on: 9:29 am, August 16, 2012, by

    FOX 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards sat down with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks to talk about the remake of...
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  • Screening Room Home Video Edition: LOL

    Posted on: 9:44 pm, July 27, 2012, by

    This week, FOX 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards takes a look at “LOL” and other new releases for DVD and...
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  • Screening Room Home Video Edition: Man On a Ledge

    Posted on: 9:16 pm, May 25, 2012, by

    This week, FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards reviews “Man On a Ledge” and other new releases on DVD and...
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  • Black History Month Film Series

    Posted on: 9:35 am, February 1, 2012, by , updated on: 10:38am, February 2, 2012

    Too Good to Pass Over: A Celebration of Black Oscar Winners The Academy Awards have earned a reputation for withholding...
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