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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

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

    Netflix’s horror selection is full of bargain-basement obscurities. Here are some worth watching.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

    Everyone involved, including star Tom Hanks and returning series director Ron Howard, is just going through the motions.

  • Noise

    Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

    Gaga still lurches from one genre to another, sometimes within the same song.

  • Noise

    Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

    Her voice sounded strong, but she’s still finding her footing as a live performer, figuring out the balance between the music and the conceptual set pieces.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

    The true story of the long libel case regarding Holocaust denial is a fascinating legal and historical milestone.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

    It plays like a Chevy Chase comedy from the '90s, but even Chevy would have known to stay away.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

    Naturally, he punches and kicks a bunch of people.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

    The B-movie legend leaves behind dozens of films and a legacy of support and collaboration with the local community.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

    It might sound odd to call Prophets of Rage a politically conscious nostalgia act, but that’s essentially what the group is.

  • Screen

    Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

    Hart turns every one of his rich person’s problems into a reflection on his own insecurities.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

    The whole thing is probably worth seeing just to hear Chris O’Dowd say “mascotery” in his Irish brogue.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

    Director Andrea Arnold captures a striking look at American life on the margins with some beautiful cinematography.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

    The action is surrounded by increasingly far-fetched and clumsily delivered exposition.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

    From Thor at the Bus Top to a Nic Cage thriller.

  • Screen

    Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

    As the monster takes its more familiar shape, it looks more dangerous and evil.

  • Screen

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

    Rae gives a star-making performance as a somewhat aimless and, yes, insecure woman who’s not entirely sure how she feels about her job and her boyfriend.

  • Screen

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

    The residents of one small French town attempting to make their way to safety as the German army marches across the countryside.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

    It's a conventional mystery with a conventional outcome.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

    Meet a suburban couple with a nice house, two kids and money to waste on destroying each other.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

    The film is powerful, but lacks the artistry of a movie like 12 Years a Slave.

  • Noise

    Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

    Martina McBride’s vocals were stellar, effortlessly reminding the audience why she’s a country legend.

  • TV

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    The legendary director's new Amazon project is a television series by only the loosest possible definition.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    J.J. Abrams and crew have come up with a somber, thoughtful and sometimes pretentious meditation on the nature of consciousness, along with Wild West gunfights.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    Disney’s new family-friendly drama meticulously follows the beats of the inspirational sports movie.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

    This is possibly the worst movie in the veteran director’s uneven career.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

    Sharlto Copley gives what may be his first performance as a normal human being.

  • Screen

    Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

    For fans who find even the footnotes worthwhile, there’s something to appreciate.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

    Cute trumps weird as the filmmaker of adult fare like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" aims for the family.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

    Mac is back—now with more violence and sex appeal, fitting in well with CBS' low-ambition crime dramas.

  • TV

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    Like last season’s ABC drama Quantico, Designated Survivor opens with far too much complicated plotting.

  • TV

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    Roger Murtaugh isn't the only one getting too old for this you-know-what.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    Zellweger is still immensely likable as Bridget, but her antics aren't as endearing as they were 15 years ago.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    She's fantastic as a woman who slips effortlessly into different personas.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

    For anyone interested in the story, Poitras’ Oscar-winning 2014 documentary Citizenfour is a better starting point.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

    The incongruity of seeing a foul-mouthed He-Man among the live-action Southern California suburbs is the only joke this TV show has to offer.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

    Despite a reliable performance from Tom Hanks, stretching a plane crash's 208 seconds into 96 minutes proves difficult for director Clint Eastwood.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

    As executive producer, Louis C.K.'s influence is felt throughout both new shows.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

    From The Birth of a Nation to Doctor Strange to Trolls to Blair Witch, get ready to spend some time at the movies.

  • Features

    Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

    Catch Atlanta and Pitch, watch This Is Us at your own risk.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

    Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Michelle Yeoh and Jennifer Jason Leigh show up in small roles.

  • Noise

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

    The princess of pop is back.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    What started as an intense, gripping thriller becomes a ridiculous cartoon.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    Mike Birbiglia stays focused on the genuine camaraderie among the characters and never forgets the humor.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

    The film attempts to fit the future Obamas into a sort of Before Sunrise-style indie romance, with uneven results.

  • Screen

    Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

    It's an enjoyable but slightly scuzzy movie for an actor who’s free to make them.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    Pixar gets all the attention but Laika has built up a body of work nearly as impressive with a creative voice that’s just as distinctive.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    Minor conflicts arise and build but nothing truly threatens the bond that these sisters have.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    The filmmakers amp up the violence and focus on the revenge story.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    There's just enough comedy to entice the audience while treating the true story it’s based on with appropriate seriousness.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

    In a bleak landscape, a pair of outlaw brothers and a weary lawman do what they can to bring a little sanity to their hardscrabble existence.