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.

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    “Batman v Superman” gives Superman a human perspective

    Superman and Batman fans have been waiting for years for the two to rival one another. Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, says this time around the film aimed to give Superman a more human feel with symbolic representation through his behaviors and actions. Watch the video above to find out why Cavill thought that approach to the film adds to Superman’s character.

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    Ben Affleck says he was apprehensive about agreeing to his role as Batman

    “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a legendary comic book match up of Wayne vs. Kent or Caped Crusader vs. The Man of Steel. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Ben Affleck who plays Batman to find out if he was ever apprehensive to agree to play such an iconic role.

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    “Brooklyn” worth visiting? What about “Sisters” and “Alvin?” Home Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s film critics, Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons are breaking down which movies out on DVD are worth your time and which ones you’d be better off without seeing. 1) BROOKLYN (PG-13) Fox Searchlight   RUSS “Brooklyn” is an ‘old-fashioned’ romantic drama in the best sense of the term. Saorise Ronan stars in a love triangle about a teenage girl who, in the 1950s, leaves her Irish homeland to find work in New York.   SHAWN “Brooklyn” […]

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    FOX 4 chats with stars of Triple 9

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards gets the inside scoop from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anthony Mackie, stars of Triple 9. The film centers on a gang of criminals and corrupt cops as they plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.

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    “10 Cloverfield Lane” is suspenseful, scary but is it worth your time?

    1) 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (PG-13) Paramount SHAWN Back in 2008, producer J.J. Abrams surprised audiences with “Cloverfield.” The terrific suspense thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane” is the unannounced follow-up. Not necessarily a sequel but a great extension from the first film. You’ll understand better after seeing the movie. And oh what a movie it is. Suspenseful? Yes. Scary? Yes. Thrilling? Well, pretty much. Things start off almost like a small Indy and then get heavy as John Goodman plays a baddy that abducts […]

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    Tina Fey, Margot Robbie flip the script on Shawn Edwards

    Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, stars of the upcoming film “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” decided to flip the script and turn the questions on FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards. In this comedy film, the ladies play journalists covering the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, so they used those reporter skills to deliver Shawn some hard-hitting questions.

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    Actor Jason Bateman chats about Zootopia

    FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Jason Bateman to talk about his new film Zootopia. The animated film will surely attract a younger crowd, but Bateman said the animal flick has plenty of laughs for parents too.

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    Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsh reprise roles for Independence Day: Resurgence

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 20 years after Jeff Goldblum first figured out a way to send those pesky aliens back to outer space, the invaders return in Independence Day: Resurgence. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards landed a role in the film, and now sits down with stars Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch on the set to talk about reprising their roles two decades later.

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    Stars of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies balance classic tale and horror genre

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4 picks the brains of the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and finds out what went into taking a classic tale of love and the pressures of society and introducing the zombie genre. Stars Lily James and Matt Smith dig deep to balance the film’s horror aspect while maintaining the spirit of Jane Austen’s timeless novel.

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    Dustin Hoffman chats with FOX 4 on third installment in Kung Fu Panda franchise

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards spoke with Hollywood icon Dustin Hoffman about his latest film “Kung Fu Panda 3.” The two-time Academy Award winner discusses the fun of voice acting in the third installment of the Kung Fu Panda series, which has become a flagship franchise for the Dreamworks studio.

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    Deadpool tells it like it is in chat with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Ryan Reynolds, star of the new hit movie “Deadpool.” The sarcastic superhero gave Shawn the straight talk on what it was like making the film, and how the R-rated flick’s success could start a new trend of Hollywood catering to older audiences.

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    Marlon Wayans says he was nervous to meet “Fifty Shades” author

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A year after “Fifty Shades of Grey” was released, the new parody “Fifty Shades of Black” is out. Lead actor and comedian, Marlon Wayans, says he was nervous when he first met E.L. James, who is the author of the “Fifty Shades” series, and she asked if she would be offended by Wayans’ new film.