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Russ Simmons is an award-winning film critic whose 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 regularly on Fox 4 News and archived at fox4kc.com. He also has a film review segment on KKFI-FM called
"Freeze Frame" that airs several times per week, and appears regularly on Central Standard on KCUR-FM.

Simmons' work has been featured in "The View,"" The New Times,""The Pitch,""eKC," "The Sun" and www.kcactive.com. 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" which airs on A&E.


Recent Articles
  • Is “Woman in Gold” the gold standard? Home Video Popcorn Bag review!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It look’s like it’s time for a movie night or maybe not. FOX 4 film critic breaks down the latest at home video releases.   1) WOMAN IN GOLD (PG-13) The Weinstein Company Dame Helen Mirren can do no wrong. This is especially important with a movie like “Woman in Gold.” Her golden performance is the main attraction of an otherwise lackluster movie. This film should have been riveting. It tells the amazing true story of Maria Altmann, […]

  • Is “Terminator Genisys” terminal? Is “Magic Mike XXL” magic? Popcorn Bag reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — They’re baaack! Arnold Schwarzenegger and Channing Tatum are back on the big screen in hopes that their latest films will live up their predecessors.   1) TERMINATOR GENISYS (PG-13) Paramount Pictures RUSS Well, he said he’d be back. Arnold Schwarzenegger makes good on his promise as the time-traveling cyborg in “Terminator Genisys.” The latest entry is sort of a reboot, an example of “retroactive continuity.” In other words, they’ve changed the timelines so that everything that came before is now […]

  • Chat with the Stars: ‘Max’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the movie “Max” a fallen marine leaves behind a pet partner, traumatized from the battlefield. A new partnership helps to provide the healing touch. FOX 4’s Russ Simmons has more in our Chat with the Stars. Watch it in the video player above.

  • Is “Ted 2″ bearable? Is “Max” the most? “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” lively? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — If you’re headed to the theater this weekend there are options for each taste. If it’s an adult’s night out “Ted 2″ might be a good choice, but if you have the kiddos tagging along “Max” might be a more suitable option. 1) TED 2 (R) Universal Bad taste sells. No one knows that better than Seth MacFarlane. He brings us more raunchy and sophomoric humor in “Ted 2,” the sequel to his 2012 R-rated hit about a […]

  • As it heats up outside, cool down indoors with Hollywood’s latest releases

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Looking for something fun to do, but it’s just too hot outside? Why not spend the night indoors and check out some of Hollywood’s latest flicks? FOX 4 film critics Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have the latest on which films are worth your time and attention. THE WATER DIVINER (R) Universal RUSS Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut with the sincere post-war melodrama, “The Water Diviner.” Crowe plays an Australian farmer who, in 1919, travels to […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Actors from “Max” share fatherly advice

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sunday is Father’s Day and a father-son relationship is a big part of an upcoming movie. Actors from the movie “max” share the best advice they got from their fathers. Watch the interviews from FOX 4 Film Critic Russ Simmons in the video player above.

  • Does “Jurassic World” have bite? Popcorn Bag movie reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — It’s a big week as one of Hollywood’s most anticipated sequels heads to theaters. Watch the video above to find out if the films live up to their hype.   1) JURASSIC WORLD (PG-13) Universal Pictures There’s only one major movie release to talk about this week. I guess only art house movies dared to go up against a box office monster called Indominous Rex. Yes, twenty-two years after the minor mishaps at “Jurassic Park,” the dinosaur zoo […]

  • Is “Kingsman” regal? “Project Almanac” worth noting? Home Video Popcorn Bag reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons broke down some of the newest films that can be viewed at home. Watch the video above to find out which films are worth watching when it’s just too hot to go outside this summer.   KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE (R) 20th Century Fox RUSS: If you put James Bond on steroids and added over-the-top R-rated violence and modern cynicism, you might come up with something like “Kingsman: The […]

  • Popcorn Bag reviews of Entourage, Spy, Insidious 3 and Love & Mercy

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Wow. Some huge differences in opinion from our film critics Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards about two of the four weekend movies they reviewed. One really liked Entourage; the other not so much. One laughed a lot at Spy; the other not even one time. Which of our film critics do you usually agree with? Listen to their reviews of Entourage, Spy, Insidious 3 and a biopic film, Love and Mercy ENTOURAGE(R) Warner Brothers RUSS HBO’s […]

  • Movies at home: Popcorn bag reviews for ‘Jupiter Ascending’, ‘Focus’ and ‘SpongeBob’

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons tell you what they thought of four movies, now available for you to rent or buy at home. 1.  JUPITER ASCENDING (PG-13) Warner Brothers RUSS Filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski certainly have a flair for the visual. After all, they gave us “The Matrix” trilogy and “Cloud Atlas.” Their latest big budget sci-fi entry, “Jupiter Ascending,” looks amazing on the big screen. It’s too bad that their story is a spacey […]

  • Is “San Andreas” at fault? “Aloha” worth greeting? Popcorn Bag reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — Hollywood’s summer flicks are finally heading to theaters. Watch the video above to find out how some of the first films stacked up with FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons.   1) SAN ANDREAS (PG-13) Warner Brothers   RUSS In an early scene from the disaster flick, “San Andreas,” a reporter interviewing rescue worker writes in her notes, “Cute but dumb.” That pretty much sums up the movie up, too. “San Andreas” has all of the […]

  • Is “Tomorrowland” a wild ride? “Poltergeist” hair-raising? Popcorn Bag reviews!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo — It was a tough week in the screening room. None of the movies received more than three popcorn bags. Watch the video above to find out what FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons had to say about the movies.   TOMORROWLAND (PG-13) Walt Disney Pictures   RUSS: Since the “Pirates of the Caribbean” adaptations were hits, Disney opted to try the same thing with another Disneyland attraction, “Tomorrowland.” George Clooney and Brittany Robertson play […]