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.
On the final weekend before the summer movie season commences, The Fate of the Furious drove to a third straight first-place finish, earning an estimated $19-million.
We’ve seen plenty of Richard Gere the movie star and Richard Gere the leading man down through the years. But Norman features Richard Gere the character actor.
If an endless parade of bullet wounds sounds like satisfying cinematic stimulation, then ‘Free Fire’ hits the target dead-on.
Make it two straight first-place finishes for The Fate of the Furious, which followed up its furiously successful first weekend.
The summer season used to be June, July, and August. But according to the contemporary movie calendar, it’s now May, June, and July.
Now here’s a movie that takes its time. And should.
The creatures we get to know in ‘Born in China’ include a panda bear and her growing cub, living a solitary life; a young golden snub-nosed monkey.
‘Colossal’ is an outlandishly absurdist little creature feature. Sort of.
Box office activity on this Easter weekend was nothing if not furious for The Fate of the Furious.
A likable British romantic dramedy about the boosting of morale during World War II.
‘Queen of the Desert,’ is a real-life chronicle of the life and career of Gertrude Bell.
Another photo finish…
With four Oscars among its three stars and a fondly recalled original as its template, this remake boasts all kinds of style going in.
Given that it’s a movie about a math prodigy, Gifted better add up. Happily, it does.
‘Ghost in the Shell’ is forever stopping in its tracks to give way to a gunfight.
It was The Boss Baby besting Beauty and the Beast at the box office over the weekend.
‘The Boss Baby’ is “loosely based on a picture book” – now there’s a movie credit you rarely see.
There is plenty of potentially affecting material in ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife,’ and yet this period drama falls a bit short in impact and memorability.
‘Personal Shopper’ shops around for a genre and a premise, never quite deciding on either.
Beauty and the Beast remains a box-office beast.
A six-member crew of scientists and astronauts on an international space station performs the successful capture of a space probe returning from Mars with a sample inside.
‘Song to Song’ is just as outrageously awful as his 2015 outing, ‘Knight of Cups.’
When Woody Harrelson is on his game, which is most of the time, he is a proficient actor in big parts and small, as easy to enjoy as he is to believe.
The live-action remake of the animated classic, ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ran away with first-place honors, earning an estimated $170-million on its debut weekend.
The Sense of an Ending is a British drama about a man who becomes obsessed with getting the unvarnished, detailed truth about a period in his past that he has spent a lot of time over the years not thinking about.
Is ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as entertaining, as entrancing, as satisfying as its predecessor? Well, no, not quite. But it’s close.
Even though Shirley MacLaine elevates the material through presence alone, ‘The Last Word’ strains credulity far too much of the time for any kind of comfort.
Descendant of King Kong, the creature-feature, Kong: Skull Island, starring Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston, earned an estimated $61-million.
Everyone’s at least heard of King Kong. It was the 1933 original that spawned what eventually grew into a Kong-a line of giant-ape flicks.
‘Before I Fall’ is a drama, but like its predecessors, it uses the time-warp device to explore its characters.