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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, 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

    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 25, 2017

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

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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

    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

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

  • A&E

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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

  • A&E

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    The tone is snarky, the new casting is eclectic and the soundtrack again resembles the compilation albums that used to be sold on late-night TV.

  • Screen

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    There’s a lot of vague dialogue and plenty of non-illuminating flashbacks, including a long digression about the Battle of Gettysburg.

  • Noise

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Although she wasn’t the headliner, Price was the act on the bill with the most buzz, and her rousing set was easily the highlight of the night.

  • Noise

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Emma Watson, with her shaky American accent, never quite gets a handle on her character.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    The show has a point to make, but part of that point is simply to depict the lives of people who are too often relegated to the pop-culture background.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    The somber, oppressive tone extends to the performances and the writing, but the worst thing about American Gods is its absurdly slow pace.

  • Features

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Guardians, aliens, apes and … emojis?

  • Noise

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    The closing set provided a proper send-off for a successful first-year festival.

  • Noise

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    UFC president Dana White was up close for Godsmack—and not ensconced in some VIP area.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The title promises something a lot more fantastical than the movie delivers, and the dull restraint is a poor substitute for all-out jungle madness.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Katherine Heigl’s go-for-broke turn might open up some new possibilities for her as a supervillain.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The entire plot of this stylish, occasionally clever action movie amounts to little more than a bunch of idiots shooting at each other.

  • A&E

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Lone band founder and guitarist/songwriter talks festivals, fans and DJ gigs at the Hard Rock.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Atwood’s novel was just as relevant in 1985.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    By the end, you get the idea that Lacks was very important, but as a person, she remains distant.

  • Screen

    Friday, April 14, 2017

    Bad movies are in endless supply, and making fun of them never needs to stop.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    We live in a world in which there are eight Fast and Furious movies. Those of us who’ve never seen the appeal must come to terms with that.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Director Marc Webb has upended clichés in the past. This time, not so much.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    The Governator's post-politics career choices have been more interesting than the movies that result from them.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    The body-switching premise is only the setup for a larger story that touches on themes of destiny and longing.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    The storyline introduces a whole group of new merchandising-ready Smurfs when a hidden village of Smurf ladies pops up.

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin are old pros doing exactly what they’ve been hired to do.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    The two narrative movies being released in the U.S. this week prove that he might be better off sticking to documentaries at this point in his career.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    I saw several attempts to harness the trendy power of virtual reality, but my takeaway was that neither studios nor exhibitors understand what to do with VR.

  • A&E

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    His small band created a more powerful sound than many polished country ensembles.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Both tell valuable stories in a way that mostly recalls other, more vital versions of stories from the same historical period.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Part ghost story, part glossy lifestyle porn, part murder mystery and part existential meditation, it never quite fits together.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Even if the plot doesn’t hold together, the visuals just about make up for it.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    What the hell do Hollywood studios think kids like?

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Pool Party Massacre debuts at Eclipse April 1.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    This sci-fi high concept seems like it might warrant a theatrical release, but its ambitions are small-scale.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    This year’s edition proved the organizers know how to put together an engaging and smartly curated event.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    It wants both to represent a dark, gritty take for the childhood fans who are now (allegedly) mature adults and to recapture the cheesy, campy tone of the original show.

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Hollywood studios remain fixated on virtually any recognizable brand name.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    It’s barely a step above the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie she showed up in last year.