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.

Movie Review: ‘Black Panther’

The acting in this PG-13-rated origin story is first-rate, the action exciting, the dialogue thoughtful, and the drama intense: there’s little if anything to complain about.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/16/2018

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Locks Up Top Spot

First place was claimed by the erotic-thriller sequel, Fifty Shades Freed, which debuted with an opening weekend take of $39-million.


Movie Review: Winchester

Oscar winner Mirren stars in this supernatural horror drama as Sarah Winchester, the widow of storied gun manufacturer William Winchester.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/06/2018

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Jumanji’ Reclaims Top Spot

The holdover sequel, ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,’ eked out a modest first-place victory by earning an estimated $11-million.


Winter-Spring Coming Attractions

Here are the high-profile titles and stars that will be popping up on multiplex marquees in February, March, and April.


Movie Review: ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’

‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ is a biographical drama about Gloria Grahame.


‘Jumanji’ Rolls For Third Box Office Victory

Jumanji remains welcome in the box-office jungle.


Movie Review: ’12 Strong’

12 Strong is a war drama that tells the declassified true story of an elite Special Forces team, the first to be deployed to Afghanistan immediately after the harrowing tragedy of 9/11.


Box Office Report: Jumanji Still King Of The Jungle

The Jumanji sequel held onto the top spot.


Movie: The Commuter

Already respected as a serious screen actor, with a 1983 Best Actor Oscar nomination long since on his resume, Liam Neeson reinvented himself in 2008 as an action star.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Swings Into First Place

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ moved from the runner-up position to first place at the box office over the weekend by earning an estimated $36-million.


Movie Review: The Post

It’s Spielberg, Streep, and Hanks – with icons like these, first names are hardly necessary — together again for the first time.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Remains Leader

The eighth installment in the Star Wars science-fiction franchise earned an estimated $52-million for a third straight first-place finish at the holiday box office.


Movie Review: Top 10 Movies of 2017

As 2017 winds down, how about a glance back at the year’s best?

KYW Newsradio 1060–12/29/2017

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Continues To Dominate

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ blasted off with the box office crown for a second straight weekend by earning an estimated $69-million.


Movie Review: Father Figures

Originally titled Bastards, this 1970s-set, R-rated, high-concept parentage romp focuses on fraternal twin brothers Kyle and Peter Reynolds.

KYW Newsradio 1060–12/22/2017

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Finishes First

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was, appropriately enough, out of this world at the box office.


Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“This is not going to go the way you think,” says Mark Hamill’s iconic Luke Skywalker at one point to the protagonist, Rey.


Weekend Box Office Report: Moviegoers Still Nuts About ‘Coco’

The animated comedy adventure finished first at the box office for a third straight weekend, earning an estimated $18-million on its third weekend of release.


Movie Review: Wonder Wheel

Woody Allen’s track record as a prolific and gifted writer-director has long since established itself and been acknowledged.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Coco’ Grabs Top Spot For Second Week

The hit animated attraction about an aspiring musician and the Land of the Dead earned an estimated $26 million.

KYW Newsradio 1060–12/04/2017

Movie Review: ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell star in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’


Movie Review: ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’

‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ is a portrait that’s never less than interesting, but that doesn’t approach greatness.


Movie Review: ‘Justice League’

‘Justice League,’ displaying an occasional sense of humor, is narrow and distant, never quite letting the performances breathe.


Box Office Report: ‘Thor’ Hammers It Home For Second Straight Week

Make it two in a row for Thor: Ragnarok.


Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express

The fondly recalled original version of Murder on the Orient Express, directed in 1974 by Sidney Lumet, combined the cerebral puzzle-solving entertainment of a mystery novel by Agatha Christie with the star-gazing pleasures of a celebrity ensemble.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Smashes Opening Weekend

It’s a Thor winner rather than a Thor loser.

KYW Newsradio 1060–11/06/2017

Movie Review: ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’

Sharing the director’s chair and screenplay authorship, as they did in the original, are Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also wrote and directed 21 & Over and scripted all three hangover flicks.

KYW Newsradio 1060–11/05/2017

Movie Review: Wonderstruck

The movies of director Todd Haynes have always been decidedly grownup.


Movie Review: Only the Brave

They were known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a snappy label that still doesn’t do them justice.



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