Russ Simmons

Film Critic

Russ Simmons is an award-winning film critic who's work has been featured on television, in print and on the internet for nearly two decades.

Russ joined Shawn Edwards in Fox 4's Screening Room in 2005. Since that time, he and Shawn have won the National Entertainment Journalism Award twice as Best Television Film Critics, awarded by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Simmons' reviews can be seen on the "Screening Room" which airs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Fox 4 News or at He also has a film review segment on KKFI-FM called "Freeze Frame" that airs several times per week, and appears regularly on The Walt Bodine Show on KCUR-FM.

Simmons' work has been featured in "The View," " The New Times," "The Pitch," "eKC" and Simmons also worked for three years at the Sundance Institute's Summer Theatre program. Along with Shawn Edwards, Simmons appeared on the Reelz Channel's "Critics' Choice" special.

He is on the governing board of the Kansas City Film Critics' Circle, one of the oldest associations of its kind in the country. Simmons is also an active member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, responsible for the yearly "Critics' Choice Awards" that airs on VH1.

Recent Articles

  • Screening Room: “Transcendence,” “Heaven is for Real,” “A Haunted House 2″

    Posted on: 9:31 am, April 18, 2014, by

    1. TRANSCENDENCE (PG-13) Warner Brothers RUSS Johnny Depp’s presence has elevated a number of middling movies. But does his charisma...
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  • SALEM: We Chat with the Stars of WGN America’s new supernatural thriller

    Posted on: 1:28 pm, April 17, 2014, by

    LOS ANGELES — In Salem, witches are real but they are not what they seem. The new series SALEM premiers...
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  • Screening Room Movies at Home: “Philomena,” The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Black Nativity”

    Posted on: 10:14 pm, April 12, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — 1) PHILOMENA  (PG-13) The Weinstein Company RUSS: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are terrific in “Philomena,” the true...
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  • Screening Room: “Draft Day,” “Oculus,” “Rio 2″

    Posted on: 9:52 am, April 11, 2014, by

    Russ and Shawn review Draft Day, Rio 2 and Oculus.
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  • Screening Room Movies at Home: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Grudge Match”

    Posted on: 3:28 pm, April 5, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo— 1) THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (PG-13) New Line Cinema (Warner Brothers) RUSS: Sometimes more of...
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  • “War Horse” provides Music Hall magic

    Posted on: 8:57 am, April 4, 2014, by

    Sentimentality and impressive stagecraft appear in equally substantial measure in the touring production of “War Horse” now playing at the...
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  • Screening Room: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Particle Fever”

    Posted on: 8:19 am, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 08:20am, April 4, 2014

    1) CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13) Walt Disney Pictures/Marvel RUSS: Like a well-oiled and sophisticated machine manufactured by Stark...
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  • 18th annual Kansas City FilmFest runs April 5-13

    Posted on: 7:35 am, April 4, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 18th annual Kansas City FilmFest kicks off on April 5th at the Alamo Drafthouse in...
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  • Screening Room: “Noah,” “Sabotage”

    Posted on: 11:46 am, March 28, 2014, by

    1. NOAH (PG-13) Paramount SHAWN So Russ does “Noah” sink or swim? RUSS Well, the latest Hollywood version of the epic story...
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  • Screening Room Movies at Home: “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Delivery Man,” “Walking With Dinosaurs”

    Posted on: 12:55 pm, March 21, 2014, by

    1. THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (R) Paramount Pictures RUSS Excessive, vulgar and depraved, “The Wolf of Wall Street” comes...
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  • Screening Room Movies at Home: “Frozen,” “American Hustle,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

    Posted on: 12:55 pm, March 17, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 1. FROZEN (PG) Disney RUSS Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen” gets the Disney...
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  • Screening Room: “Need for Speed,” “Single Mom’s Club,” “Tim’s Vermeer”

    Posted on: 7:36 am, March 14, 2014, by

    Russ and Shawn review Need for Speed, Single Moms Club and Tim’s Vermeer.
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