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.
The new horror thriller finished first at the box office on its debut late-October weekend, earning an estimated $20-million.
There are lots of cymbals in “Whiplash,” working as symbols.
Michael Keaton is stupendous. “Birdman” soars!
Two hours is a long stretch of nothing but carnage.
The World War II drama starring Brad Pitt took in an estimated $24-million to finish first on its debut weekend.
There’s more than enough of Bill Murray’s devilishly shaggy charm and cranky wit in “St. Vincent” to please movie audiences.
This World War II action drama would have benefitted from a bit less action and a bit more drama.
In the final reels, the narrative goes off the rails.
Neither the film nor his portrayal are up to Robert Downey Jr.’s usual standards.
The unlikely 1984 alliance between striking miners and gays in Britain is the focus of this fictionalized but rousing, satisfying, historical comedy-drama.
Here’s a case where the movie is just a tad longer than the title, and there’s not enough content to justify the feature length.
The marital thriller based on the best-seller, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, debuted in first place at the box office by earning an estimated $38-million on its initial weekend.
The novel was a page turner, the movie is a barn burner.
It doesn’t look like a slog or sound like a slog. But it feels like a slog, which, regrettably makes it a slog.
Nicolas Cage’s involvement may give the film more of a fighting chance at the box office, but it also sets up expectations about moviemaking quality that do not end up being met.