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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, Feb. 23, 2017

    Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin’s words remain distressingly resonant as he describes resentment, anger and insensitivity blacks endure.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    Inspired by Adams’ divorce from Mandy Moore, most of the songs are melancholy and downbeat.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ marks a promising directorial debut for Macon Blair.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    For a show called ‘Taken,’ there’s shockingly little taking.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

    The show is admirable, but as a drama, it falls short of its ambitions.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

    Its dark, gruesome horrors mark a departure for Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele.

  • Noise

    Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

    The California goth-punk veterans are an efficient hard-rock machine, as they proved over the course of 70 minutes.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    Chock full of international stars and low-rent CGI, this money-driven compromise seems designed to please no one.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    Charlie Day's Mr. Campbell is far from the only character in this movie who deserves a pop in the mouth.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    HBO's new drama doesn't need dragons or robots to achieve greatness.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

    The film has a carefully composed visual style that makes for an enveloping, unsettling experience.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

    New this year was an evening of special showcases before the first full day of the festival, including the entertaining Dealer, a linked collection of short films from Vegas filmmakers.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Dakota Johnson is again playful and mischievous, at times coming across like she’s mocking the material.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    Add in some colorful underworld figures and you have the ingredients for an entertaining, ultraviolent and occasionally witty thriller.

  • TV

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    State of Affairs didn’t work out, so she’s back with probably the safest bet: a CBS crime show.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

    What seemed likely to be a cynical corporate cash-in turned out to be a clever, funny, self-aware and heartfelt movie.

  • Entertainment

    Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

    We’re not content with stadium seats and a massive screen anymore. The cinema experience is all about the extra dimensions and sensations.

  • Screen

    Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

    Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson star.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    Julieta is a bit meandering and digressive, but Almodóvar’s skill at bringing vibrant female characters to the screen serves him well.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    Asghar Farhadi won the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    New series on FX and NBC offer different kinds of heroes.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

    Jack Bauer is gone, replaced by Corey Hawkins’ Eric Carter, a former Army Ranger targeted by terrorists.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

    The humor in The Comedian is often at the same level as Dirty Grandpa.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

    Matthew McConaughey throws himself into his performance as Kenny Wells.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

    The new CW TV series puts familiar faces in a dark, sexy nighttime soap.

  • 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.

  • Screen

    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.

  • Screen

    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.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

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

  • Screen

    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.