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: ‘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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Weekend Box Office Report: Killer Debut For ‘Happy Death Day’

‘Happy Death Day’ finished first by earning an estimated $27-million on its debut weekend.


Movie Review: Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

‘Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House’ tells its story without much muss or fuss.


Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049, based on Fancher’s story, tells the tale of a discovery by a young blade runner, Officer K, played by Ryan Gosling.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘It’ Wins Close Battle At Box Office

Overall, industry-wide totals were well below those of last weekend as well as those of a year ago.

KYW Newsradio 1060–10/02/2017

Movie Review: Battle of the Sexes

It was when Billie met Bobby.


Movie Review: ‘Brad’s Status’

Ben Stiller stars as Brad, who narrates this tale in an extensive and exhaustive voiceover that keeps Brad’s point-of-view front and center.

KYW Newsradio 1060–09/21/2017

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Movie Review: ‘mother!’ 

Y’see that exclamation point in the title?


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘It’ Runs Away With Top Spot

The youth-oriented horror thriller based on the novel by Stephen King ran away with the box office crown.

KYW Newsradio 1060–09/11/2017

Movie Review: It

It’s a horror kid flick, of all things.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Remains No. 1 For Third Week

With no new wide-release attractions to speak of, the top spot was claimed by the comedic action-thriller holdover.

KYW Newsradio 1060–09/04/2017

Movie Review: ‘The Trip to Spain’

British director Michael Winterbottom returns to the wine-and-dine franchise for a third time with ‘The Trip to Spain.’


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Hitman’s Body Guard’ Protects Top Spot

The comedic action thriller, starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, earned an estimated, modest $10 million on its second weekend of release.

KYW Newsradio 1060–08/28/2017

Movie Review: ‘The Only Living Boy in New York’

From its title and the other Simon & Garfunkel music to the narrative The Only Living Boy in New York can’t help but recall The Graduate.

KYW Newsradio 1060–08/25/2017

Weekend Box Report: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Grabs Top Spot

The action comedy with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson finished first by earning an estimated $22 million on its weekend debut.

KYW Newsradio 1060–08/21/2017

Movie Review: Logan Lucky

It seems like only yesterday (actually, it was 2013) that Steven Soderbergh, the eclectic, Oscar-winning director of, among other films, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight, Magic Mike, and Ocean’s Eleven through Thirteen, announced his retirement from directing movies.


Box Office Report: ‘Annabelle’ Creeps Its Way To The Top

The debuting horror thriller, Annabelle: Creation, came up big on an otherwise slow box office weekend.


Movie Review: The Glass Castle

A sophisticated, successful New York City journalist glances out the window of her taxi one evening and notices a homeless couple scrounging for food scraps in the garbage and trash cans on the street.


Movie Review: The Dark Tower

Stephen is already the King of horror, but his latest project offers horror as one component on a combo plate.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Dunkirk’ Declares Victory Again

Dunkirk made it two in a row over the weekend, one that featured modest returns at multiplexes.


Movie Review: ‘Atomic Blonde’

Charlize Theron further establishes her bam-bam-pow-pow credentials in Atomic Blonde.


Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Dunkirk’ Debuts First Overall

Two new releases led the way over the holdovers at multiplexes over the weekend.

KYW Newsradio 1060–07/24/2017

Movie Review: Dunkirk

On the surface, Dunkirk doesn’t seem like a Christopher Nolan movie.




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