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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, Jan. 18, 2018

    The bravery of the real soldiers is buried under a mountain of hokey sentiment and rah-rah bluster.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    While some of the historical details are fascinating, the crime drama around them is tedious and tiresome in any era.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    Anyone who discovered COC at the band’s popular height should be satisfied with this effective return to the familiar.

  • Features

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    In 2015, Paramount and CBS sued the makers of a Star Trek fan film, leading to a set of guidelines for fan filmmakers.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

    The story’s told from the nostalgic perspective of a teenager discovering his sexuality and experiencing his first love.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

    Tom Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, a born newspaperman whose only instinct is to publish the Pentagon Papers.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

    Despite its title, it’s not really about Gianni Versace. It’s about his killer.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

    It’s built around a far-fetched high concept that gets sillier and more convoluted as the movie progresses.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

    Margot Robbie’s Tonya is a working-class girl with none of the financial or familial advantages of her figure-skating competitors.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

    From Avengers to Solo and beyond.

  • A&E

    Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

    The band played 17 songs in 135 minutes and covered AC/DC, Alice Cooper and Queen.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

    “Hopefully we’ll be a huge hit, and they’ll open up the purse and we can come to Vegas and do all of our things.”

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

    With jokes about strippers, quickie weddings and niche conventions, the show doesn’t have an original take on Vegas.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

    Ryan Murphy is known for pushing the envelope. Not here.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    The high concept is rendered more or less irrelevant for large stretches of the movie.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    Jessica Chastain’s Molly Bloom is a prime Sorkin protagonist, a type-A overachiever in both academics and athletics.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    It sounds like the storyline for a B-movie, not a sensitive drama with a real shot at winning a bunch of Oscars.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    The story plays out like an action-fantasy Breakfast Club.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    The movie’s real villain is ruthless billionaire J. Paul Getty, who in 1973 flatly refused to pay any money for the return of his grandson.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

    What unstead The Americans on Josh Bell’s annual list?

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

    The slick songs might eventually win audiences over, but only because they’re too worn out to resist.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    The movie’s best set piece comes more than two hours in, during a climactic battle on a mining planet covered in red salt.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    The title character is a kind-hearted, nature-loving, non-confrontational bull.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    Justin Timberlake is completely out of place as the brainy, analytical Mickey.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    The early episodes focus on warmed-over showbiz satire alongside the still limber Van Damme kicking ass.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

    Porgs, Vulptices, Fathiers and more.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    The Room is one of the worst movies ever made … or maybe one of the best bad movies.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier’s fourth feature is his best.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    From Gary Allan to Jamey Johnson to Alabama and beyond.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

    The nine tracks include a couple of covers and a reworked song from his old bluegrass band The SteelDrivers.

  • A&E

    Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

    The soul influence extended to older favorites, with the horn section augmenting “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and “Since U Been Gone."

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    The movie confronts the harsh realities of life for Parvana and her family without flinching.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    It will be one of the first opportunities to hear playful lead single “Love So Soft” and brassy empowerment anthem “Whole Lotta Woman” live.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

    The more it strains to be edgy and shocking, the more laughable it becomes.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    It’s a welcome original story from a studio that has been a little too focused on mediocre sequels in recent years.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    Writer-director Martin McDonagh’s third film has more genuine humanity than his first two, but the British playwright still overwrites nearly every line of dialogue.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

    It takes a special kind of talent to handle the lightning-fast patter of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.

  • A&E

    Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

    The band played for a marathon three and a half hours, ending right around the time one of their concerts might have started back in the ’90s.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    The action is rote, the special effects are surprisingly poor and the character interactions are only occasionally entertaining.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    Like too many prestige TV shows, the seven-episode limited series is basically a feature film dragged out over multiple episodes.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    So far neither captures the excitement and creativity of the best Marvel movies (or comic books).

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

    The title character is the kind of role writer/director Greta Gerwig might have played a decade ago.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    Part of the problem is the general fustiness of Poirot’s adventures, which are often more like word problems than narratives.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    Although the inexperienced cast and extensive improvisation give the movie a gritty naturalism, it isn’t depressing or pessimistic.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    At its best, it’s a smart, cynical high school satire, but at its worst it’s merely cynical.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

    The story takes place during two eras, both of which filmmaker Todd Haynes re-creates with the look of movies that were released contemporaneously.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    Director Taika Waititi gets to play with the established MCU format a bit, without deviating significantly from what Marvel movies do best.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    “Feels Like Summer” sounds like Maroon 5’s recent dance-pop efforts.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    The six-episode show gradually questions its own narrative integrity, turning into a story about the unknowability of events whose participants have conflicting views on the truth.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

    It’s a sort of modernized folk tale with all of the unsparing brutality of an unfiltered Brothers Grimm tale.