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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

    Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

    Diesel already has one blockbuster franchise built on explosions, nonsensical plotting and makeshift families.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    Annette Bening plays a single mother raising a son.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    The filmmaker takes a pulpy, semi-supernatural approach to dissociative identity disorder.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    Michael Keaton is fast-food game-changer Ray Kroc.

  • Screen

    Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

    There's a casino called Luxus. WTF.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

    Although his election as Pope was meant as a compromise, Lenny turns out to be the opposite of a peacemaker.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

    The story might be better suited to a TV miniseries than a feature film, but it has a greater scope than its individual parts.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

    The bombing and shootout sequences are staged with propulsive, visceral intensity.

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    Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

    Verhoeven went for big shocks in his most famous Hollywood movies, but Elle is more grounded in its outrageousness, thanks to Isabelle Huppert.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

    Get excited about films from Gore Verbinski, Jordan Peele and Christopher Nolan.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

    There’s a complex message here about coming to terms with loss.

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    Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

    A movie about great people is not the same thing as a great movie.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

    The new FX show captures the grime and corruption of London in 1814 and there are some entertaining supporting performances.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

    Its simple and chilling horror devices give way to inelegant horror.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

    Kaitlin Olson's new comedy traffics in unlikeable characters and gross-out gags.

  • Features

    Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

    Soviet operatives, Brooklyn hipsters, female inmates and more continued to rule the boob tube in 2016.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

    As both director and star, Washington has delivered a movie that feels entirely stage-bound.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

    The cast members probably deserve some kind of special Oscar for their straight-faced delivery of such ludicrous dialogue.

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    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

    Rather than depicting her entire life, the movie focuses on the immediate aftermath of her greatest trauma.

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    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

    A big-budget original sci-fi movie that grappled with serious ethical concerns while also looking fantastic would have been an impressive achievement.

  • Screen

    Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

    The movie is only interested in filling seats, not in any kind of artistry.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    In the late '90s, the alt-rockers played around the country alongside Train, Collective Soul and Better Than Ezra.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    Over time these concerts have evolved into a stand-alone attraction that appeals to a much wider demographic than the rodeo itself.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    From a convoluted and somewhat insulting premise come a bunch of sappy greeting-card sentiments.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

    Barack Obama’s presidency isn’t even over yet, and already he’s been the subject of two biopics.

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    Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016

    The elements often come together in delightfully entertaining ways and the individual character dynamics are exciting and often unexpected.

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    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    The party of the title is a last-ditch effort to save the Chicago branch of a tech company.

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    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    The film makes great use of Vegas locations that don’t typically end up onscreen.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    The movie works hard to demonstrate how jaded it is about the way our government works.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    Even his duet with wife Trisha Yearwood lacks passion.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    Writer-director Matthew Ross gets credit for his smart and realistic portrayal of Las Vegas.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

    The director found such a perfect subject that it’s hard not to wonder how much of the story presented in the movie is manufactured.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

    It’s obvious from the first moments that the post-apocalyptic storyline isn’t really what it appears to be.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    George Strait, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Nettles and many more hit town in December.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    Writer-director Nicholas Pesce’s gorgeous debut feature is full of unknowable horrors.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

    Stop-motion animation, a stoner yuletide and a legit Christmas demon.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

    This is the result of Beatty's 40-plus years, on and off, spent trying to make a movie about Howard Hughes.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    This time around they’re looking for a bigger score.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    Also, the melodies are catchier and the rhythms are tighter than they have been in a long time.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

    A few years after the massively successful Frozen, Disney's back in the animated princess business.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

    Miles Teller plays Pazienza, a brash, confident guy from working-class Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

    Street Cat is really about the life of Bob’s owner, played by Luke Treadaway.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

    From Mad-Eye Moody to ... Garrick Ollivander?!

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

    Nothing resonates like watching Harry, Ron and Hermione come of age, but this movie is by nature more of a thrill ride than an emotional journey.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

    Like Broad City, you'll want to binge on this.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

    Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig puts a personal spin on the American teen film.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

    Far more uncomfortable than the brief moment of violence is the slow-motion train wreck leading up to it.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

    The movie splits into three segments depicting the life and struggles of its introverted lead character.

  • TV

    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

    Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery stars as a small-time thief and grifter.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

    At first, Ove’s grumpiness is endearing.