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Josh Bell is the film editor for Las Vegas Weekly, where he's been writing movie and TV reviews since 2002. He's also written about movies for The Dissolve, LA Weekly, Film Racket and other outlets. Find more from him at joshbellhateseverything.com.

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  • Screen

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    The movie stumbles within the framework of the great-artist biopic, but it can be affecting as a depiction of a troubled, sometimes tender romance.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Jason Bateman plays a Chicago financial planner with a wife and two kids who also happens to be a longtime money-launderer for a Mexican drug cartel.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Luc Besson has shown a great flair for exuberantly nonsensical science fiction in movies like The Fifth Element and Lucy, and this marks the culmination of that style.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    In a small Southern town, various supernatural beings coexist in fragile harmony, while nefarious outsiders commit crimes that threaten to upset their quiet way of life.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Protagonists should know better than to make wishes on mysterious ancient artifacts, but teenager Clare ignores the warning signs.

  • Noise

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    By unironically embracing the lush sounds of ’80s soft-rock and ’90s adult contemporary, the sisters have succeeded at making the uncool cool.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Including Lance Burton’s feature about a birthday-party magician who takes on the mob.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    They’re all so unpleasant and treat each other so poorly, it’s hard to imagine they’d want to spend even a few minutes together.

  • A&E

    Monday, July 10, 2017

    Although the heights of their popularity occurred about 20 years apart, the acts proved to be a surprisingly smart co-headlining pair.

  • A&E

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Tom Holland is great at conveying Peter’s wide-eyed wonder at having superpowers and getting to make a difference, and Michael Keaton makes for one of Marvel’s best onscreen villains.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    The movie succeeds in the personal specificity of the story, written by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their real-life romance.

  • Screen

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    TNT’s portrayal mixes of lighthearted backstage antics and dreary political intrigue, neither of which is particularly successful.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    The cast has gotten so cluttered that Gru’s onetime assistant Dr. Nefario is literally frozen for the entire movie, just to get him out of the way.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    John Singleton and his fellow creators seem to be aiming for a sprawling social commentary along the lines of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, but the show more closely resembles Netflix’s Narcos.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    But one great performance isn’t enough to sell it.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    Organizers estimated attendance for this year’s edition at more than 33,000, the largest number yet.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 29, 2017

    As she has done in The Virgin Suicides and The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola observes the self-destructive tendencies of young women without judgment or titillation.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Director Edgar Wright attempts to do for music geekery what his Scott Pilgrim vs. the World did for video gamers.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Netflix show is full of gloriously terrible fashions and endearingly trashy pop culture.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The title character is a genetically engineered “super-pig,” created by corporate agribusiness Mirando, led by a weirdly childlike CEO played by Tilda Swinton.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    A tense dinner confrontation between right- and left-wing perspectives might sound unpleasant, but this movie has more depth than a simple political shouting match.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Just getting through Michael Bay’s fifth—and, for the third time, reportedly final film in the series—makes for an exhausting endeavor.

  • Screen

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Shipp’s resemblance to Shakur is not enough to build a nearly two-and-a-half-hour biopic around.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Some timely, progressive talking points are occasionally shoehorned in, but they’re lost amidst the formulaic plot, vulgar jokes and one-note characters.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    At 80 years old, Eleanor Coppola has finally joined the family business, writing and directing her first narrative feature film,

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    Landing at the Palms' Brenden Theaters sacrificed some of the community feel, but offered a much better facility for showing the movies.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    The recent trend in shark movies has been to go sillier, but this one goes deeper and darker.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    She's never been above pandering to her audience, has she?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    It has elements that might make for fun toys for kids, but combine into an underwhelming movie.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    This version is structured like a blockbuster action movie, rather than the creeping horror of its inspiration.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    It has all the necessary ingredients for a great Gothic potboiler, but writer-director Roger Michell rarely gets it above lukewarm.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    What could easily have ended up as two hours of patriotic pandering mostly avoids taking the easy way out.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    The movie answers none of its questions, but writer-director Trey Edward Shults builds an effective atmosphere of mistrust and dread.

  • Screen

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man and more.

  • A&E

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    It’s a bit surprising that the movie around her is mostly a success, given how much of a mess DC has made of its efforts to launch a superhero cinematic universe.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Once again, the only thing it has going for it: attractive stars in skimpy attire.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Brad Pitt plays Gen. Glen McMahon like he’s in an SNL sketch, with exaggerated mannerisms and an affected vocal delivery.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Johnny Depp stumbles and mumbles his way through Dead Men Tell No Tales.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    Tracy Letts and Debra Winger make the most of their rare leading roles, and the director trusts them to convey the story’s complex emotions, often wordlessly.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    For fans hoping to see more hapless humans eviscerated, the series latest film delivers.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    The romance straddles the line between sweet and cloying, and Amandla Stenberg’s performance is a winning one.

  • Noise

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    “Hard Times” could fit on an old Blondie album, and the infectious “Fake Happy” could be the “Walking on Sunshine” of sadness.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    There’s something oddly appealing about him, even if no one can quite figure out what that is.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    The most impressive performance comes from Michelle Pfeiffer as Madoff’s wife, Ruth.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    It awkwardly marries Lord of the Rings-style fantasy filmmaking to Guy Ritchie’s hyperactive style.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Although it was created by Breaking Bad veteran Moira Walley-Beckett, this isn’t a dark or gritty take on the classic tale

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Schumer brings some personality to her role, but it’s a fairly generic part for a writer and performer whose fame has been based on her unique perspective.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    In the tradition of most performance art, the show is both audacious and deeply annoying.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 11, 2017

    Although it opens with onscreen text about the declared “end” of the Iraq war in 2007, it’s less about social commentary than visceral, sometimes cheap thrills.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    It's another assured, musically accomplished collection of country and roots-rock.