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.
Director Tim Johnson aims this one primarily at young children, keeping the peril from being intense, and including plenty of gentle humor, genial slapstick, and heartfelt emotion.
“Get Hard” tries so hard to push the political-incorrectness envelope that it becomes more offensive than funny far too often.
We remain very much aware that there’s a puppet master putting these characters through their sometimes arbitrary paces.
The second installment in the science fiction franchise, Divergent, Insurgent, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, earned an estimated $54-million on its opening weekend to take the box office crown.
“Insurgent,” the sequel to “Divergent,” entertains at about the same level of quality as its predecessor.
As convoluted conspiracy tales go, it’s pretty much standard issue, but it’s unnecessarily humorless, takes itself much too seriously.
“Deli Man” is a documentary about the delicatessen tradition in the US and Canada, specifically the Jewish deli that crops up in most big cities.
The new live-action version of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett, earned an estimated $70-million to run away with the box-office crown.
Let’s face it: you’ll be hard-pressed finding anyone to root for.
The filmmakers take a straightforward, faithful approach to the material, retaining its essential sweetness, allowing the silliness quotient to rise but not fly away, and letting the lavish sets, costumes, and special effects do the heavy lifting.
After one weekend in first place at the box office, the Will Smith con-artist thriller, Focus, dropped to the runner-up spot, taking in an estimated $10-million in its second weekend.
This is a mixed bag, to be sure, and could have used a rewrite or two.
Its predecessor offered freshness and originality, while this sequel trades in familiarity and contrivance.
It’s a slapdash horror thriller that squanders a decent premise and gives up on itself by the third reel.
It’s a flimflam flick about pros arranging cons.