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August 24, 2016

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Josh Bell

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Mel Gibson gets entertainingly sleazy in thriller ‘Blood Father’
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016
It's an enjoyable but slightly scuzzy movie for an actor who’s free to make them.
The Go-Go's bring their farewell tour to Las Vegas
Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
Expect to hear all the hits from the influential pop-rock band.
Journey and The Doobie Brothers are still rockin' after all these years
Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
The two giants of classic rock find ways to connect with fans old and new.
Laika delivers more amazing stop-motion in ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’
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.
Japanese drama 'Our Little Sister' presents an affecting slice of life
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
Minor conflicts arise and build but nothing truly threatens the bond that these sisters have.
'Ben-Hur' fails to justify remaking a classic film
Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016
The filmmakers amp up the violence and focus on the revenge story.
Obnoxious dudes become arms dealers in 'War Dogs'
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.
'Hell or High Water' provides some of the best movie thrills of the year
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.
Gwen Stefani is still just a girl
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
Though she's risen to the top, she hasn't forgotten her humble beginnings.
Culture Club revives ’80s love
Friday, Aug. 12, 2016
You’ll wax nostalgic for Boy George’s happening hair and band’s new wave sounds.
'Florence Foster Jenkins' doesn't hit a high note
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
Meryl Streep plays the famously bad singer.
Disney’s new 'Pete’s Dragon' makes only slight improvements
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
It's pleasant—and forgettable.
'Sausage Party' gets nasty in the supermarket
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016
It's a God debate, in veggie form.
French period drama ‘The Innocents’ makes for tough but rewarding viewing
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016
The film focuses on a French Red Cross volunteer in Poland after World War II who discovers nuns at a nearby convent have been forcibly impregnated by Russian soldiers.
Vans Warped Tour still expanding minds and horizons
Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
Event attracts range of fans, from punk veterans to the younger crowd.
Growing Pains: Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas
Friday, Aug. 5, 2016
The former Disney Channel stars continue to mature with their audience.
'Suicide Squad' feels overly cramped with super-villains
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
It's an ensemble piece with nearly a dozen main characters, telling origin stories for half of them.
'Life, Animated' explores an autistic man’s cartoon salvation
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
The film shows how an autistic man learned to communicate with others via his obsession with Disney animated movies.
Lovely if uneven animated movie ‘The Little Prince’ finally comes to the U.S. via Netflix
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
An adaptation of French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved 1943 children’s book.
It’s so heartwarming! ‘The Sound of Music’ comes to Vegas
Friday, July 29, 2016
Broadway's classic tale and timeless songs touch on love and family.
Barbra Streisand is simply fabulous
Friday, July 29, 2016
Beloved performer hits Vegas in first North American tour since 2012.
Film review: 'Bad Moms'
Thursday, July 28, 2016
At most, it’s Slightly Imperfect Moms.
'Jason Bourne' makes an entertaining but inessential return
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
As an action hero, Bourne is as effective as ever. As a character, though, he probably should have been allowed to stay off the grid.
Viggo Mortensen plays an unconventional dad in festival favorite ‘Captain Fantastic’
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
A movie about challenging conventional wisdom eventually succumbs to just that.
Social-media thriller ‘Nerve’ lacks the courage of its convictions
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The film takes a long time to get beyond ABC Family levels of teen drama.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ makes another strong addition to the rebooted series
Friday, July 22, 2016
It’s just like a Star Trek episode—in only the best way.
Hard rock pioneers enjoy strong revival
Friday, July 22, 2016
Rob Zombie and Korn's continued creativity proves they're here to stay.
Duran Duran keeps music fresh for fans
Friday, July 22, 2016
Band's greatest hits and recent material bring energy to latest tour.
The five greatest 'Star Trek' movie villains of all time
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Our list starts with Shinzon. But who took the top spot?
Film review: 'Lights Out'
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Audiences just looking for a handful of jump moments might find the horror flick satisfactory.
Not so fab: 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie' tests the limits of nostalgia
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
This movie may test the patience of even the most ardent Ab Fab fans.
‘Collision Course’ proves the ‘Ice Age’ series has run out of ideas
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
It's easily the worst one yet, a lazy, unfocused, cluttered mess.
Korean zombie movie ‘Train to Busan’ offers disposable popcorn entertainment
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Compared to much of what Hollywood has been churning out this summer, the South Korean blockbuster is high-quality entertainment.
Narrative styles clash in Chinese drama ‘One Night Only’
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
It turns out to be more Nicholas Sparks than Wong Kar-wai.
The Dixie Chicks make a welcome return in concert
Sunday, July 17, 2016
During a stripped-down, mostly acoustic segment, the trio delivered a lovely version of hit “Travelin’ Soldier.”
Eagles of Death Metal swoop into Vegas
Friday, July 15, 2016
Collaborators bring strong sounds and strong convictions to Vegas stage.
Blink-182 mounts up for the latest ride in punk field
Friday, July 15, 2016
With their newest album, band shows they can grow without losing relevancy.
The new 'Ghostbusters' offers an appealing update
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The remake features strong comedy with an impressively talented cast, but eventually ends up overwhelmed by the demands of its large-scale action storyline.
TV review: HBO's 'Vice Principals'
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
It doesn’t offer much of a twist on the familiar high-school setting, or even on the idea that teachers and administrators are despicable.
Vegas’ JT Mollner brings his feature-film debut home
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
With Outlaws and Angels, the Vegas native has a burgeoning career as a filmmaker.
Heartwarming New Zealand comedy ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is a crowd-pleasing delight
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
It's already the highest-grossing homegrown movie of all time in New Zealand.
Western ‘Outlaws and Angels’ wallows in sleaze
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
No amount of style can compensate for the aimless ugliness of the story.
Bryan Cranston goes undercover in the generic ‘The Infiltrator’
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Has an undercover agent in a movie ever gotten in just deep enough?
Dixie Chicks stop in Las Vegas on their first U.S. tour in 10 years
Friday, July 8, 2016
They're still in touch with their country roots, but they've expanded their sound.
Cheyenne Jackson salutes the music of the 'Mad Men' era
Friday, July 8, 2016
With his clean-cut good looks and penchant for snappy suits, he's just the man to do it.
HBO crime drama 'The Night Of' makes its case very slowly
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The drawn-out, plodding miniseries stretches every one of its meager strengths beyond its breaking point.
'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' unevenly mixes humor and heart
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Basing a movie on a Craigslist ad leaves a lot of room for embellishment.
Film review: 'The Secret Life of Pets'
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
It’s a solid summer time-passer as eager to please as an adorable dog wagging its tail.
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler goes his own way at the Venetian
Monday, July 4, 2016
If anyone missed Tyler’s usual bandmates, they didn’t show it, and the singer himself commanded the stage effortlessly on his own.
Influential musician John Waite to perform at Golden Nugget
Friday, July 1, 2016
He's known primarily for 'Missing You,' but the rocker is so much more than that.

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