Tara McNamara

Film critic, journalist and commentator in Los Angeles, California

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Tara McNamara is a TV and radio pro who has carved out a niche as a movie critic and commentator with an expertise in film awards and family films. Tara is a Today show “Reel Mom;” Fandango Correspondent, co-host of digital series “Mom’s Movie Minute” and the featured columnist in Fandango's “Family Room;” and is a regular contributor to multiple media outlets including Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Inside Edition, CNN and The Huffington Post. Tara has also served as a film reviewer, award show expert and industry analyst for Reelz Channel.

Previously, Tara worked as Variety’s entertainment reporter on Sirius Satellite Radio, broadcasting the industry’s top stories during the workday. She's served as a contributor to the Daily Variety publication specializing in music, youth, and the heartland, particularly their annual "Youth Impact Report." Most recently, she teamed up with Variety to co-host the first ever Virtual Reality red carpet at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy, followed by the first ever Virtual Reality award show red carpet for the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards.

Tara’s career as a film journalist began in 2002 while she was working as a VJ and news anchor for Country Music Television, an MTV Network. Tara and her son Cole, then 9-years old, would voraciously watch Turner Classic Movies together. In 2004, Tara and Cole turned their passion into a business, creating KidsPickFlicks.com, a site inviting all kids to be movie critics. The mother and son ran the site for a decade, giving both unparalleled insight into the cinematic tastes of youth. In 2013, tween pop culture site Fanlala.com acquired KidsPickFlicks and rebranded it as Crixit. Tara served as the Editor-in-Chief of Crixit.com and parent review site ThatWasSomething.com for two years.

In addition to print and TV, Tara has been a presence in syndicated, satellite and major market radio. She can currently be heard delivering movie reviews every Friday on the Metro News Network talk show "Hotline" with Steve Bishop.

Tara graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism degree.