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.

(Dwayne Johnson stars in "San Andreas.")

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘San Andreas’ Rumbles To The Top

The earthquake disaster thriller piloted by Dwayne Johnson debuted by earning an estimated $53-million.

06/01/2015

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Movie Review: ‘Aloha’

(2½ stars out of 4)Aloha is a romantic comedy from director Cameron Crowe that boasts a come-hither cast but is burdened with a hither-and-thither plot.

05/30/2015

(Dwayne Johnson stars in "San Andreas.")

Movie Review: ‘San Andreas’

It’s all about the special effects as the phrase “disaster porn” begins to rear its ugly head.

05/27/2015

Left to right: Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp (credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

Movie Review: ‘Lambert & Stamp’

Lambert & Stamp is a documentary about the “fifth and sixth members” of The Who, the wildly successful rock band featuring lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Peter Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon.

05/25/2015

Tomorrowland is a science fiction mystery adventure about a magical realm, the result of an ambitious and optimistic project by a secret society founded by the towering Gustave Eiffel, Jules Verne, and Thomas Edison at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889.

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Tomorrowland’ Lands Top Spot

The family science fiction saga starring George Clooney finished first at the box office, although not by much, earning an estimated $32-million on its debut weekend.

05/25/2015

("Poltergeist.")

Movie Review: ‘Poltergeist’

The director, Gil Kenan, might be a bit too hasty in getting to the effects-driven scary stretch in this redo of the 1982 classic.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/22/2015

(credit: IFC Films)

Movie Review: ‘Good Kill’

(2½ stars out of 4)‘Good Kill’ is a rugged portrait of drone warfare, set at the time that it dramatically expanded, in 2010.

05/21/2015

Tomorrowland is a science fiction mystery adventure about a magical realm, the result of an ambitious and optimistic project by a secret society founded by the towering Gustave Eiffel, Jules Verne, and Thomas Edison at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889.

Movie Review: ‘Tomorrowland’

(2½ stars out of 4) Tomorrowland is an ambitious, visually arresting theme park of a family movie that has opened its gates a tad before it was ready, but with rides and attractions that will sweep the kids off their feet.

05/20/2015

(Anna Kendrick, center, stars in "Pitch Perfect 2.")

Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Hits High Note

‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ the a cappella comedy follow-up starring Anna Kendrick, finished first with an estimated $70-million.

05/18/2015

(Anna Kendrick, center, stars in "Pitch Perfect 2.")

Movie Review: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′

(2½ stars out of 4)This sequel is another enjoyable musical comedy that hits almost all the right notes -– fewer than the 2012 original did, but enough to entertain fans of that film.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/14/2015

(Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in "Mad Max: Fury Road.")

Movie Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

“It was hard to know who was more crazy,” the new Max intones in his opening voiceover narration. “Me, or everyone else.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/14/2015

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Movie Review: ‘Playing It Cool’

How can you write a movie about being in love when you’ve never actually been? That’s the problem facing Chris Evans’ character in ‘Playing It Cool.’

05/14/2015

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Holds Strong

The superhero fantasy sequel earned an estimated $77-million on its second weekend, pushing its cumulative total over the $300-million mark.

05/11/2015

'Hot Pursuit' stars Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon.

Movie Review: ‘Hot Pursuit’

Neither of the leads comes off very well, they barely bond in any satisfying way, and we’re left to remember better work each has done elsewhere.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/08/2015

(Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman star in "5 Flights Up.")

Movie Review: ‘5 Flights Up’

(2½ stars out of 4)With film actors as dependable and effortlessly appealing as Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, we know we’re in good hands.

KYW Newsradio 1060–05/08/2015

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