Shawn Edwards

Shawn Edwards
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Shawn Edwards is a journalist and film critic. As a nationally recognized film critic for Fox 4 News in Kansas City, Missouri he has won numerous national awards including Best TV Film Critic twice by the LA Press Club's National Entertainment Journalism Awards. Edwards is the co-founder of AAFCA (African American Film Critics Association) created in 2003. He also created I Love Black Movies the popular website, online web series and movie community in 2008. Edwards got his start writing for national hip-hop magazines. He wrote for The Source, XXL and Vibe magazines during the late '90s. He is a life-long lover of movies who began making his own films in the 7th grade. He won several national student filmmaking awards. He is currently writing an illustrative book on the history of black film and is the executive producer of Movie Trip TV.
Publications: Fox 4 Kansas City

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 91% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) I didn't like it as a movie overall, but as an experience... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 83% Midsommar (2019) There's a scary beauty in the themes and plot of Midsummer... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle needs to go home and retire forever. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) I appreciate the high-level creativity in the storytelling...although there's nothing new to see... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
1/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) Cliched, corny and flat-out flat, Gemini Man plays out like a generic action thriller minus the action...super clumsy and chaotically unfocused... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
2.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) The best thing about The Lion King is that it stays faithfully close to the original...that's also the worst thing...I was lukewarm on the movie, but the package sold me... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
1/5 63% Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Unless you are under the age of five years old, you have no reason to see this movie at all... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
3/5 74% The Photograph (2020) Hooray for an intelligent love story. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
2/5 40% Downhill (2020) It felt like four hours...and it came off trite...just watch the original. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2020
4/5 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) Smart, thought-provoking and effectively creepy. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
2/5 21% Playing with Fire (2019) John Cena has the charm, but the movie belongs on a streaming service. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
2/5 42% Midway (2019) Effects heavy and drama-lite. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 94% Honey Boy (2019) Honey Boy will hit you in a million different ways, all while proving Shia might be the most gifted actor of our generation. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Set to one of the best soundtracks in years...it still resonates, though it has first-time director flaws... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 97% Knives Out (2019) The entire cast is great, and the whole movie is often hilarious. This isn't your average murder mystery... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 82% Judy (2019) She literally transforms into Judy, engulfed in sadness and tragedy...a tour-de-force performance, although the movie isn't great overall...despite the obvious flaws, it's still informative and engaging. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
0/5 20% Cats (2019) The worst movie I have seen in my lifetime...the movie is oddly over-sexualized and the music is not moving...what was going on? - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 70% Bombshell (2019) Surprisingly timid...the casting and acting are terrific but the story is rather shallow, a teaser rather than a hard-hitting expose. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
2/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) It plays like a re-run, warming over the familiar franchise teams...plagued by lazy writing and narrative freak-outs, and it's really not entertaining. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
1/5 20% Like a Boss (2020) A tasteless, humorless and juvenile movie... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 83% Just Mercy (2020) A bit fussy and completely predictable. Pedestrian in its approach...a bit like a made-for-TV thing, which in 2020 is an insult... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 89% 1917 (2020) Excellent, but more of a technical spectacle than a compelling movie...cinematography is stunning... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
0/5 68% Joker (2019) The more I watched it, the more I disliked it. Just did not work for me, I hate this movie. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
43% The Addams Family (2019) I think this franchise has finally reached its expiration date. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
4/5 97% Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria) (2019) Banderas is the best part of the movie, with a tour-de-force performance...a master filmmaker forging a new path... - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 52% Black and Blue (2019) While the story is fairly predictable, Harris is terrific in the lead role. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
3/5 71% Beauty and the Beast (2017) It is a bit bloated. Emma Watson is terrific as Belle. But the real scene-stealer is Luke Evans as Gaston. He's having a blast and purposely jamming it up to perfection. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/5 76% Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Everyone involved in Jumanji is so completely annoying. It's a wretched remake that exists for no particular reason. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 56% The Greatest Showman (2017) The Greatest Showman is so much fun. You got Hugh Jackman's contagious charisma, Zac Efron holding his own and Zendaya flying through the air with ease. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 86% The Lost City of Z (2017) It's a little long but just short of being a masterpiece. There is much to love about The Lost City of Z which is one of the best movies of the year so far. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
2/5 50% The Promise (2017) ... the filmmakers constantly interrupt the action to force the love triangle plot that doesn't work. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
98% Moonlight (2016) Moonlight managed to beautify an area considered horrifically ugly and scarred. The movie also brilliantly tackled black masculinity, crack addiction and bullying with an honest and fresh approach. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
93% Hidden Figures (2017) Watching Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Kansas City, Kansas homie Janelle Monáe bringing all to life is a "Hallelujah moment." - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
No Score Yet Lemonade (2016) Not a movie in the traditional sense. However, Beyonce's long-form video released to help promote her new album "Lemonade" was just about the most intoxicating piece of cinema released in 2016. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Original and unpredictable best describe the whimsical and fun Captain Fantastic, which also features one of the best acting ensembles of the year. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
73% The Birth of a Nation (2016) This darling directed by Nate Parker about a slave revolt crackled with authenticity. Unfortunately a personal issue with the director derailed the film. But cinema shouldn't be judged by the ills and sins of the filmmakers or actors. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
0/5 25% The Room (2003) I didn't get it. Maybe because I watched it alone. This film isn't intentionally bad but it's bad. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 91% The Disaster Artist (2017) Franco is all business portraying it's writer, director, producer and possible vampire and his strange behavior during the making of the movie. Oscar nomination for Franco? Better be. Oscar nomination for the movie? Possibly. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 21% Daddy's Home 2 (2017) It's every bit as silly as the first but slightly better thanks to the addition of Mel Gibson and John Lithgow. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
4/5 96% The Florida Project (2017) Keenly observational and heart-wrenchingly real. The young actors steal the show in this guy-wrenching drama. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 85% Game Night (2018) Game Night is never not enjoyable and the ensemble cast is fantastic. It's a fun movie that's completely entertaining. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020
3/5 88% Annihilation (2018) Annihilation is a smart and intelligent movie. It's super ambitious and maybe a bit tedious. The movie requires patience and at times gets a bit too showy. - Fox 4 Kansas City EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2020