Bill 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.
In some movies, style trumps substance. In this sequel, it downright suffocates it.
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.
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.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made it two weekends in a row as the box office champ.
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.
The Expendables 3 is once again about as expendable and disposable as movies get.
‘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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Scarlett Johansson’s character develops a super-brain. The movie itself, however, not so much.
The science fiction sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, made it two weeks in a row in first place at the box office.
Sex Tape offers its share of pure -– and some impure — physical comedy, which Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz meet the challenge of, delivering a respectable number of laugh-out-loud moments.
This inevitable followup to the commercially successful kidflick “Planes” is another PG-rated film aimed unapologetically at the preschool kids in the audience.
It’s a mixed bag of a movie about marriage, with a generous number of grace notes delivered by a game cast.