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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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  • A&E

    Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

    The show never felt rushed, and the band never sounded anything but polished, whether on new songs or slightly tweaked versions of old favorites.

  • Screen

    Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

    Michael Fassbender plays Harry Hole, a brilliant but self-destructive Oslo police detective

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

    The tribute to the firefighters who died in 2013’s Yarnell Hill wildfire is honorable and well-intentioned.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

    Known for decades only as “Deep Throat,” he revealed his identity in 2005.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

    It’s a solid, straightforward thriller that gets the job done without much fuss.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

    Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller play brothers who’ve been messed up in different ways by their overbearing, narcissistic father (Dustin Hoffman).

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

    The entire arc of Marshall’s life probably deserves a lengthier and more sophisticated treatment, but this minor episode still makes for an appealing primer.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

    A spoiled sorority girl relives the day of her own murder multiple times.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

    It’s an improvement over 2005’s muddied, electronic-heavy solo debut, at least.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

    Wonder Woman is a bondage fantasy of sorts, but Robinson depicts the characters’ interest in BDSM in a positive, understanding way.

  • A&E

    Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

    Anyone looking for an action-packed sci-fi blockbuster will instead find a slow rumination on what it means to be human.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

    They don’t have enough chemistry to justify the kind of sweeping, fateful love that the film tries to convey.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

    The screenplay by Lee Hall treats the dynamic like something out of Perfect Strangers, with goofy fish-out-of-water comedy.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    It’s fun to watch at first, thanks largely to one of Cruise’s most purely enjoyable performances in a while, but it eventually becomes repetitive.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    When it premiered in 1998, it was groundbreaking for its matter-of-fact depiction of the friendship between a gay man and a straight woman.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    Single “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed” could be a Smash Mouth B-side.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    The Gifted’s pilot is fast-paced and exciting, with several intense chase sequences and some smartly deployed special effects.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    Emma Stone and Steve Carell give such charismatic performances, it’s hard not to get caught up in the spectacle of it all.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    It features the return of Colin Firth as Eggsy’s mentor Harry Hart, despite having been shot point blank in the head and left for dead in the first movie.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    Three movies in, the once-unexpected has become formulaic, and the pop-culture quips has started to run thin.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    The film doesn’t go easy on its main character: Jeff is an irresponsible screwup before his injury, and he remains an irresponsible screwup afterward.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    In-demand pop producer Greg Kurstin gives the album some extra gloss, but it’s not like he has turned the Foos into a dance-pop act.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

    Already depicted in two 1994 network-TV movies, a recent Lifetime movie and numerous newsmagazines, the case has little new material to explore.

  • Noise

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    “The year before we signed our deal, we were doing dual headlining shows with Imagine Dragons.”

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    The late Vince Flynn wrote 13 novels about superspy Mitch Rapp, building a dedicated fan following that helped bring Rapp to the big screen.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

    Is it funny enough to sustain an eight-episode series? The answer, surprisingly, is mostly yes.

  • Screen

    Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

    Twenty-five years ago, it might have ended up in ABC's TGIF lineup, alongside Step by Step and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise is more explicitly violent, and the film takes full advantage of its R rating to stage intense set pieces, updating many of the horrors faced by the kids in the book.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

    It’s unlikely to overshadow The Wire, but it’s the most accessible and purely entertaining show David Simon has worked on since that iconic Baltimore crime drama.

  • Screen

    Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

    Even a bigger budget wouldn’t have fixed the stilted dialogue, one-dimensional characters and questionable acting.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    The couples are all completely dysfunctional until they conveniently aren’t, for the sake of wrapping up the story.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017

    It stars real-life members of the community, with dialogue almost entirely in Yiddish.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

    Patricia Dombrowski is a plus-sized white woman from suburban New Jersey who works nights as a bartender and dreams of hip-hop stardom

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    Amazon’s version takes a darker approach to the character’s adventures, while retaining some of the silliness of a hulking, exuberant man-child in a bright blue costume.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    Though the film is easy enough to watch, it leaves essentially no impression once it’s over.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    It’s surprisingly upbeat and funny for a movie about such a dark time.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    The film scores some laughs by poking fun at the modern fixation on social media, but it isn’t just about taking easy potshots at entitled millennials.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

    The latest from filmmaker brothers Josh and Benny Safdie is as tense and deliberately abrasive as their previous narrative films

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    Held in a bunker, James has been socialized entirely by watching episodes of a surreal kid-oriented sci-fi show.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    The subject is the step-dance team at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, an inner-city charter school dedicated to sending every one of its students to college.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    While the case mostly proceeds along a straight line, writer/director Taylor Sheridan fills out the story with rich details of life on the reservation.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    Rolling Stone recently named her one of “10 new country artists you need to know.”

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

    The heist comedy, which recalls the Ocean’s trilogy, is the inversion of the slick, high-end robberies of those star-studded studio features.

  • A&E

    Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

    She remains a fantastic live act, distilling the best of her music, her fashion sense, her vocal skills and her charismatic personality into a two-hour stage spectacle.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    The bomb ended up killing eight bystanders but no high-ranking Nazi officials, as Hitler had left the building 13 minutes earlier.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    Much of the movie is just marking time until evil forces show up to wreak havoc.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

    The show has almost nothing in common with its source material, either Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1995 movie or the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel on which it was based.

  • Screen

    Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

    Although Jake is a major character in King’s books, his more prominent role here makes the movie come off like an opportunistic C-level YA adaptation rather than the realization of Stephen King's unique vision.

  • Screen

    Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

    Halle Berry strains to carry the movie, not quite selling Karla’s anguish via the TV-movie-level dialogue.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

    The third collaboration between Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal is less focused and powerful than The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.