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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
  • FOX 4 chats with Superman star on new film, ‘Justice League’

    FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in the latest offering by DC Films, “Justice League.” The film also marks the onscreen return of Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, as well as the introduction of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Read more about the film, and watch the trailer at IMDB.

  • Bryan Cranston talks about his new movie “Last Flag Flying” and Hollywood’s harassment problem

    Bryan Cranston stars in the new movie “Last Flag Flying” along with Steve Carell and Laurence Fishbourne. The “Breaking Bad” star talked to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about the new war drama, what it was like working with Carell and Fishbourne and addressed Hollywood’s recent harassment controversy.

  • Gal Gadot and Ezra Miller happy to be a part of the Justice League

    Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. Ezra Miller is Flash. And both are happy to be a part of the Justice League. The new movie unites D.C. Comics most popular super heroes in one movie. The pair tales to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about the popularity of Wonder Woman, the fun of playing flash and fashion.

  • You will never guess Will Ferrell’s favorite holiday dish

    Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg team up again for “Daddy’s Home 2.” The story takes place during the Christmas Holiday. The pair share their favorite holiday dishes which are a couple of unlikely choices. Mark Wahlberg said he prefers egg whites and Stove Top Stuffing while Will Ferrell said he enjoys pickled herring on toast. Inspired by Ferrell’s favorite dish Tavernonna Executive Chef Bryant Wigger was inspired and created a potato latke and smoked salmon dish. Tavernonna Italian Kitchen, 106 […]

  • New Netflix drama series focuses on a 19th-century true crime

    The new Netflix series “Alias Grace” starring Academy Award winner Anna Paquin and newcomer Sarah Gadon is based on the 1996 Margaret Atwood novel of the same name. It’s the story of young Grace Marks, a poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who is accused and convicted of the 1843 murder of her employer and his housekeeper. The true crime story is based on actual 19th-century events.

  • Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy talk about the challenges of their roles in ‘Breathe’

    Oscar season has begun and Andrew Garfield’s performance in “Breathe” has people talking about a possible Oscar nomination. After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish played by Garfield, is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana (Claire Foy) and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and […]

  • Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell daddy up again

    LOS ANGELES — Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell sat down with Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards to talk about their new comedy sequel “Daddy’s Home 2.” The pair talked about finding the funny in a blended family situation, not blowing takes on set and the art and skill of physical comedy.

  • Kristen Bell’s favorite holiday dish is butternut squash soup

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kristen Bell the star of “A Bad Moms Christmas” explains to her co-stars Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hawn the ingredients that go into her favorite holiday dish butternut squash soup. In the movie the three moms must all deal with their moms who have come to visit for the holidays. “A Bad Moms Christmas” is in theaters now. Tavernonna Italian Kitchen, 106 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105 Call for reservations at 816-346-4410 Click here […]

  • New Netflix show “Mindhunter” takes viewers deep inside the minds of serial killers.

    Set in 1977 the new Netflix series “Mindhunter” is about the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the FBI. “Mindhunter” revolves around FBI agents who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how such criminals think and apply this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.

  • Chat with the Stars: Thank You for Your Service

    SYNOPSIS: Sgt. Adam Schumann tries to readjust to civilian life after returning home from the war in Iraq. Fellow soldier Tausolo Aeiti must deal with the aftermath of a bombing that left him with a traumatic brain injury. Will Waller searches for normalcy after surviving several explosions, while Michael Emory must deal with the effects of a sniper’s bullet to the head. With memories of the battlefield still lingering, the soldiers soon begin their long journey to physical and emotional rehabilitation.

  • Miles Teller applauds the realism of “Thank You For Your Service” & gives props to military and everyone who has ever served

    War is hell, coming home and adjusting is sometimes worst Miles Teller stars in “Thank You For Your Service” a hard-hitting and realistic look at a group of U.S. soldiers returning home from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy the long after they’ve left the battlefield. The movie’s star Miles Teller talked to FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards about the difficulty of the role […]

  • Tyler Perry has become one of the most powerful people in Hollywood but continues to evolve

    Tyler Perry sat down with Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards to discuss his new comedy “Boo 2: A Medea Halloween.” The mogul talked about the success of the first movie, working with young and up and coming talent and a possible spin-off for a very popular character he portrays.