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.
12 Strong is a war drama that tells the declassified true story of an elite Special Forces team, the first to be deployed to Afghanistan immediately after the harrowing tragedy of 9/11.
The Jumanji sequel held onto the top spot.
Already respected as a serious screen actor, with a 1983 Best Actor Oscar nomination long since on his resume, Liam Neeson reinvented himself in 2008 as an action star.
‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ moved from the runner-up position to first place at the box office over the weekend by earning an estimated $36-million.
It’s Spielberg, Streep, and Hanks – with icons like these, first names are hardly necessary — together again for the first time.
The eighth installment in the Star Wars science-fiction franchise earned an estimated $52-million for a third straight first-place finish at the holiday box office.
As 2017 winds down, how about a glance back at the year’s best?
‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ blasted off with the box office crown for a second straight weekend by earning an estimated $69-million.
Originally titled Bastards, this 1970s-set, R-rated, high-concept parentage romp focuses on fraternal twin brothers Kyle and Peter Reynolds.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was, appropriately enough, out of this world at the box office.
“This is not going to go the way you think,” says Mark Hamill’s iconic Luke Skywalker at one point to the protagonist, Rey.
The animated comedy adventure finished first at the box office for a third straight weekend, earning an estimated $18-million on its third weekend of release.
Woody Allen’s track record as a prolific and gifted writer-director has long since established itself and been acknowledged.
The hit animated attraction about an aspiring musician and the Land of the Dead earned an estimated $26 million.
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell star in ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’
‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ is a portrait that’s never less than interesting, but that doesn’t approach greatness.
‘Justice League,’ displaying an occasional sense of humor, is narrow and distant, never quite letting the performances breathe.
Make it two in a row for Thor: Ragnarok.
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.
It’s a Thor winner rather than a Thor loser.
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.
The movies of director Todd Haynes have always been decidedly grownup.
They were known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a snappy label that still doesn’t do them justice.
‘Happy Death Day’ finished first by earning an estimated $27-million on its debut weekend.
‘Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House’ tells its story without much muss or fuss.
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.
Overall, industry-wide totals were well below those of last weekend as well as those of a year ago.
It was when Billie met Bobby.
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.
Y’see that exclamation point in the title?