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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

    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

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

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

  • 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

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

  • Screen

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    Atwood’s novel was just as relevant in 1985.

  • 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

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

  • 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 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

    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

    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

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

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    Pool Party Massacre debuts at Eclipse April 1.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    What the hell do Hollywood studios think kids like?

  • 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.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

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

  • A&E

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Hollywood studios remain fixated on virtually any recognizable brand name.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    Woody Harrelson throws himself into the title role but isn’t enough to hold together a disjointed movie.

  • Noise

    Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Isbell spent the evening connecting with a much larger crowd than usually shows up in Vegas for alt-country and Americana acts.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    As has been the case with all of Disney’s live-action updates, bigger does not equal better.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    While Marvel’s three previous Netflix shows established distinctive worlds for their characters, Iron Fist is rote and uninspired.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    Sanaa Lathan gives a strong performance as a veteran Department of Justice investigator sent to North Carolina to get to the truth behind a shooting.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    Jim Broadbent is always a welcome presence, so it’s refreshing to see the veteran character actor get a relatively rare leading role.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    This is an all-out action movie, livelier and far more concise than Kong’s last big-screen outing from Peter Jackson in 2005.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Director Ry Russo-Young doesn’t bring any dramatic complexity to the story, but she does give it an appealing visual style.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    The true story is fascinating, but the dramatization is boring.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    He took a pay cut so that Logan could have the R rating filmmakers felt it needed.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Logan’s self-healing ability isn’t what it used to be, and Xavier’s mental state is breaking down.

  • Screen

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    The premise sounds like the idea for a mediocre network sitcom—possibly because it was.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    The latest season-by-season anthology series from Ryan Murphy is set to cover a different celebrity rivalry each season.

  • 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.