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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
  • The teen comedy “Love, Simon” presents a different type of love story

    “Love, Simon,” is the first major studio film to receive a wide release while centering on a gay teen coming out and navigating romance. For 17-year-old Simon Spier, life is a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. The cast and director talked with FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about the groundbreaking film.

  • “Jumanji 2” a gamer? “Downsizing” uplifting? “Pitch Perfect 3” hit the right note? Popcorn Bag home video reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Can The Rock solidify yet another movie franchise?  Does Matt Damon’s presence enlarge “Downsizing?” Watch Shawn and Russ before you make your home video choices! 1) JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (PG) Columbia Pictures It took 22 years for someone to make a sequel to the fantasy “Jumanji” “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” turned out to be a worldwide box office smash. Shawn calls it “Silly, over the top and annoying.” SHAWN: 2 Popcorn Bags   2) DOWNSIZING (R) Paramount […]

  • Netflix’s “Seven Seconds” is ripped straight from today’s headlines

    “Seven Seconds” is a new Netflix drama about crooked cops covering up a hit-and-run accident and investigators trying to punish them. At its core “Seven Seconds” is a series about how a murder affects a community. British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey talks with FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about the new series, working with EMMY Award winner Regina King and her Netflix obsession.  

  • FOX4 chats with John Boyega about Pacific Rim sequel

    The highly-anticipated sequel to Pacific Rim hits theaters March 23. FOX4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with “Pacific Rim Uprising” star John Boyega. Boyega, known also for his role at Finn in the latest Star Wars films, stars as Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who “reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat,” as IMDB puts it. Watch the trailer below:

  • Springfield, Mo., native Cailee Spaeny makes a big splash in “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

    “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is the sequel to Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film “Pacific Rim” starring Idris Elba. In the middle of all the action in the sequel is newcomer Cailee Spaeny. The Springfield, Missouri native talks to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about how she got started acting, how much fun it was controlling this gigantic robots and meeting Brad Pitt for the first time.

  • Alicia Vikander brings a new look and vibe as Lara Croft in the reboot of Tomb Raider

    Alicia Vikander brings a new look and vibe as Lara Croft in the reboot of “Tomb Raider.” The actress talks to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about how she got ripped for the role, the amazing locations where the movie was filmed and how well she can actually play the video game the movie is based on.

  • Director Ava DuVernay and Storm Reid talk about the magic of “A Wrinkle in Time”

    Director Ava DuVernay (“Selma” and “13th”) and Storm Reid talk about the the magic and powerful messages that make “A Wrinkle in Time” a special experience with FOX4’s Shawn Edwards. Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral […]

  • Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling explain director Ava DuVernay’s film magic

    The cast of “A Wrinkle in Time” share their experience working with director Ava DuVernay. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling shares with Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about their experience working with director Ava DuVernay on the set of “A Wrinkle in Time.” The cast primarily filmed the family-friendly fantasy adventure in New Zealand. After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg her brother and a friend to space in order to find him.

  • “A Wrinkle in Time” provides Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw magical inspiration

    Director Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time” is a real example of inclusion. Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw talked to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about the inspiring vibe that was present on the set of “A Wrinkle in Time,” what it was like to work with Director A a DuVernay and how they were both swept away as they read the classic novel that the movie is based on.

  • FOX4 chats with the creative minds behind new spy film ‘Red Sparrow’

    FOX4’s Shawn Edwards got the scoop on the new spy film “Red Sparrow” when he sat down with stars Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, and director Francis Lawrence. As IMDB describes the film, “ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School,’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. Her first mission, targeting a C.I.A. agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.” Watch the trailer below:

  • Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian spy in “Red Sparrow”

    Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence stars in “Red Sparrow” an espionage thriller. The actress talked to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards along with director Francis Lawrence and co-star Joel Edgerton about the challenges of her role which included learning ballet and a Russian accent. Lawrence plays Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use […]

  • Does “Annihilation” kill? Does “Game Night” score? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Oscar-winner Natalie Portman joins forces with the director of “Ex Machina” and Jason Bateman returns with another R-rated comedy. Shawn and Russ let us know if there are any tasty kernels in the popcorn bags!   1) ANNIHILATION (R) RUSS The new sci-fi opus “Annihilation” plays like a cerebral blend of “Arrival” and “The Thing.” Natalie Portman stars in this creepy tale of a group of female scientist-soldiers who enter a slowly expanding zone inhabited by an alien […]