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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 “Pitch Perfect” franchise helped to launch Hailee Steinfeld and Esther Dean’s singing careers

    Both Hailee Steinfeld and Esther Dean have launched successful singing careers and both credit the ‘Pitch Perfect’ franchise for helping. The two young actresses and singers explain to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about how being a Bella helped to propel their career.

  • Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson return for more harmonizing in “Pitch Perfect 3”

    Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson talk to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about why they still enjoy singing and dancing. The pair also give a big ‘shout out’ to their overly enthusiastic ‘Pitch Perfect’ fan base.

  • Netflix’s “Black Mirror” anthology is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease

    The Netflix series “Black Mirror” features stand-alone dramas — sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia . Think a contemporary reworking of “The Twilight Zone” with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Season 4 continues that theme with episodes directed by several A-list directors including two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster who talked with Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about directing an episode.

  • Aaron Sorkin, master of dialogue, directs his first movie

    LONDON — Aaron Sorkin known for writing some of the most blistering dialogue in movies and TV shows directs his first film. The Oscar and multiple Emmy-Award winning writer jumped behind the camera to direct “Molly’s Game” which he also wrote. The movie is about the true story of Molly Brown, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive and illegal high stakes poker game and eventually became an FBI target. Sorkin, known for writing “The West Wing” and […]

  • Is “The Disaster Artist” a calamity? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Will they be calling James Franco’s name during the next Oscar broadcast? Russ and Shawn think the eccentric actor has a good chance to win with his latest performance. 1) THE DISASTER ARTIST (R) A24 RUSS From “8 1/2” to “Day for Night” to “Ed Wood,” some very entertaining movies are movies about making movies. You can add “The Disaster Artist” to that distinguished list. James Franco directs and stars in “The Disaster Artist,” a film about the […]

  • Hong Chau breaks stereotypes with her performance in “Downsizing”

    Hong Chau breaks down stereotypes with her performance in “Downsizing” directed by Alexander Payne. “Downsizing” is a social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself. The Vietnamese actress talked about working opposite Matt Damon, the meaning of downsizing and the lack of opportunity for Asian actors with Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards.

  • “The Man Who Invented Christmas” shows how Charles Dickens redefined the holiday

    “The Man Who Invented Christmas” is about the journey that led Charles Dickens to create the timeless story “A Christmas Carol,” which redefined the holiday. Dan Stevens portrays Dickens and talked to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about playing one of the most known authors ever.

  • The new Netflix series “Godless” explores new territory

    The new Netflix series “Godless” is set in late-19th century La Belle, New Mexico, a community mostly populated by women after a mine accident killed most of the men. Those left are trying to rebuild their lives when marked man Roy Goode played by Jack O’Connell, takes refuge there, chased by outlaw Frank Griffin portrayed Jeff Daniels, who has threatened to slaughter anyone who harbors him. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards talked to the cast about putting a new spin on the western genre.

  • Director Dee Rees could become the first African-American woman to get nominated for an Oscar for Best Director

    Netflix’s new movie “Mudbound” is a stirring and moving examination of race relations in 1940s America. It’s director Dee Rees could become the first African-American woman to get nominated for an Oscar for Best Director. She talked to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about the challenge to get the film made, why she chooses to work with so many women and the locations used on the film.  

  • Mary J. Blige and Carey Mulligan deliver Oscar worthy performances

    In the Netflix movie “Mudbound” two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi, where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war. However, it’s the women characters portrayed by Grammy Awrad winning singer Mary J. Blige and Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan that excel. Both deliver Oscar worthy performances in director Dee Rees heartfelt and moving examination of race and class in 1940s America. The two talked to Fox […]

  • Season 2 of “The Crown” returns and promises to be even more salacious

    “The Crown” which focuses on Queen Elizabeth the Second and her royal family is one of Netflix’s most successful series. Matt Smith as Prince Phillip will be the focus of “The Crown” Season 2 as his marriage to the Queen is out under strain. Smith and Vanessa Kirby who plays Princess Margaret talked to Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards about the series’ second season.

  • 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.