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 The nationally recognized film critic is also co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association and is creator of

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 ( 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 cast of “God’s Not Dead” talk about the power of faith based movies and their KC connection

    David A.R. White and John Corbett star in “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.” A pastor responds to the unimaginable tragedy of having his church, located on the grounds of a university, burned down. White and Corbett talk to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about the healing power of faith based movies and their connection to Kansas City.

  • Taraji P. Henson is one tough ‘Cookie’ in Tyler Perry’s “Acrimony”

    Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson gets her revenge in Tyler Perry’s “Acrimony.” Taraji P. Henson channels her inner ‘Cookie’ in Tyler Perry’s relationship drama “Acrimony.” The Oscar nominated actress and star of FOX’s “Empire” talks to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about working with Tyler Perry, the joy she had working with her co-star Lyriq Bent and the technique she uses to get extra dramatic.

  • KC native Rob Riggle is ready for daddy duty

    Kansas City native Rob Riggle continues his transition to more serious roles. The ex-Marine talks to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about playing a dad in “Midnight Sun,” his plan to do a lot more serious roles and the best advice his dad gave him back in the day. Watch the trailer below:

  • Scott Eastwood finds his own path in “Pacific Rim: Uprising”

    Scott Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, stars in  “Pacific Rim: Uprising.” The actor talked to FOX4’s Shawn Edwards about creating his own path, playing pretend with gigantic robots and what advice he received from his dad.

  • 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.

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