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Bill Wine

wine bill Bill WineBill Wine has been KYW Newsradio’s movie critic since 2001.

You can also hear Bill’s “Weekend Box Office” reports Mondays on KYW Newsradio; his “Movie Grapevine” reports on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 12:47pm; and his live recap of new releases on Friday afternoons at 5:17pm.

Wine is a tenured professor in the department of communication at La Salle University, where he teaches film and writing courses. In addition to his work in the media and academia, he is also a produced and published playwright.

Bill previously served as movie critic for the Fox Network’s Philadelphia TV station from 1990 to 2002, first for its evening news and then for its morning program, receiving three Emmy awards and eight Emmy nominations for his writing.

Wine has also served as a film, theatre, television and book critic for such publications as the Village Voice, the Camden Courier-Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has contributed articles, essays, and reviews to numerous magazines and film books.

A lifelong resident of the Philadelphia area, Bill attended Drexel University and did his graduate work at Temple University.

He now lives in Wyncote with his wife and two daughters.

You can catch Bill Wine’s movie reviews on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on KYW Newsradio 1060. And don’t miss Bill Wine’s podcasts, “Yada Yada Movies!,” at KYW News On Demand.

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Movie Review: As Above, So Below

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” The supposed inscription on the entrance to Hell, compliments of Dante, is what confronts the treasure hunters in the horror thriller, ‘As Above, So Below.’

09/02/2014

(Pierce Brosnan stars in "The November Man.")

Movie Review: ‘The November Man’

Can one or two misguided scenes ruin an otherwise watchable movie?

08/29/2014

(Jennifer Aniston stars as a kidnap victim in "Life of Crime.")

Movie Review: ‘Life of Crime’

Set in the late ’70s, Life of Crime is a crime comedy based on The Switch (1978), by the late crime novelist Elmore Leonard.

08/29/2014

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Movie Review: ‘The Trip To Italy’

Eating and talking. That’s about the gist of ‘The Trip to Italy,’ the followup to 2011’s ‘The Trip.’

08/28/2014

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Back On Top

The comic book-generated holdover, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ earned an estimated $18-million for a second first-place finish.

08/25/2014

(Eva Green and Stacy Keach are among the ensemble cast members of "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.")

Movie Review: ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

In some movies, style trumps substance. In this sequel, it downright suffocates it.

08/22/2014

(Zach Galifianakis,  Owen Wilson, and Amy Poehler star in "Are You Here.")

Movie Review: ‘Are You Here’

(2 stars out of 4)One of the film’s biggest problems is our realization that we’re watching likable actors playing unlikable, alienating characters who are not inherently compelling enough to have us not mind the company we’re keeping.

08/21/2014

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Movie Review: ‘Island of Lemurs: Madagascar’

(2½ stars out of 4)Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a nature documentary about Dr. Patricia C. Wright’s mission to help the endearingly peculiar lemurs, who turned up as castaways millions of years ago in the Republic of Madagascar.

08/21/2014

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Turtles’ Fans Shell Out More Cash

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made it two weekends in a row as the box office champ.

08/18/2014

("The Giver" stars Jeff Bridges in the title role and Brenton Thwaites.)

Movie Review: ‘The Giver’

The Giver is essentially plowing the same fields and hunting the same game as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Pleasantville, but without the same clarity, urgency, or emotionality.

08/15/2014

(Sylvester Stallone, center, co-wrote and stars in "The Expendables 3.")

Movie Review: ‘The Expendables 3′

The Expendables 3 is once again about as expendable and disposable as movies get.

08/15/2014

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Movie Review: Calvary

‘Calvary’ is a dark, Ireland-set drama, a tale with gallows-humor trimmings that examines the difficulty of holding onto one’s faith, set against the backdrop of the scenic Irish coast.

08/12/2014

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Shells The Competition

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the new remake of the action-adventure kidflick, earned an estimated $65-million over the weekend and claimed first place, replacing last weekend’s leader.

08/11/2014

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Movie Review: Boyhood

‘Boyhood’ is a remarkable piece of work and an entertaining coming-of-age drama at that as we watch a boy become a man while the world around him and all his loved ones change as well.

07/24/2014

(Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey star in "I Origins.")

Movie Review: ‘I Origins’

(2½ stars out of 4)I Origins (which could just as easily have been titled “Eye Origins”) is a cerebral science-versus-spirituality drama, intoxicating at certain times, exasperating at others.

07/24/2014

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