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September 24, 2016

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Josh Bell

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Alice in Chains is enjoying its second act
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
The band has returned with a new singer and is bringing its sound to a new audience.
It's all country at Route 91 Harvest Festival
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
The biggest stars in country light up the stage at Las Vegas Village.
A great cast can’t overcome the indie clichés of ‘The Hollars’
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
Sharlto Copley gives what may be his first performance as a normal human being.
Indie drama ‘Max Rose’ has Jerry Lewis, but not much else
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
For fans who find even the footnotes worthwhile, there’s something to appreciate.
The new MacGyver recaptures the original’s hokey action
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Mac is back—now with more violence and sex appeal, fitting in well with CBS' low-ambition crime dramas.
Animated movie Storks takes a bizarre premise in a dull direction
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016
Cute trumps weird as the filmmaker of adult fare like "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" aims for the family.
‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ takes you back in time
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Jukebox musical explores the tapestry of singer-songwriter’s illustrious career.
A well-oiled metal machine
Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Megadeth continues to top the musical genre 30-plus years later.
Kiefer Sutherland plays a president in crisis in ‘Designated Survivor’
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
Like last season’s ABC drama Quantico, Designated Survivor opens with far too much complicated plotting.
‘Lethal Weapon’ loses its unique charm in the transition to TV
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
Roger Murtaugh isn't the only one getting too old for this you-know-what.
Film review: Bridget Jones returns for more romantic entanglements
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
Zellweger is still immensely likable as Bridget, but her antics aren't as endearing as they were 15 years ago.
Rachel Weisz shines in the enticing but frustrating ‘Complete Unknown’
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
She's fantastic as a woman who slips effortlessly into different personas.
Film review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' is surprisingly straightforward
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
For anyone interested in the story, Poitras’ Oscar-winning 2014 documentary Citizenfour is a better starting point.
Ray LaMontagne and his independent ways
Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Even in the spotlight, the smooth, soul-pop singer isn't concerned about mainstream popularity.
'Sully' has trouble expanding on a decisive act of heroism
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.
'Son of Zorn' quickly exhausts its one-joke premise
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.
'Better Things' and 'One Mississippi' find humor in everyday struggles
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
As executive producer, Louis C.K.'s influence is felt throughout both new shows.
The '80s are alive and well at Mandalay Bay
Friday, Sept. 2, 2016
The Lost '80s Live tour brings together some of that decade's best acts.
Fall TV shows worth watching and others to keep an eye on or avoid
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016
Catch Atlanta and Pitch, watch This Is Us at your own risk.
Fall movies to keep you busy all season
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.
'Morgan' offers little variation on its killer-kid premise
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Michelle Yeoh and Jennifer Jason Leigh show up in small roles.
Britney Spears shows more personality on her latest album
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016
The princess of pop is back.
Coldplay still wants to rock
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
As arena rock bands go quietly into the night, the British rockers continue to evolve.
Explosions in the Sky and their musical forces
Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
The ambient instrumental rock band takes their sounds to Brooklyn Bowl.
Horror movie 'Don’t Breathe' makes some fatal missteps
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
What started as an intense, gripping thriller becomes a ridiculous cartoon.
Film review: 'Don't Think Twice'
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
Mike Birbiglia stays focused on the genuine camaraderie among the characters and never forgets the humor.
The Obamas go on a momentous first date in the awkward ‘Southside With You’
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
The film attempts to fit the future Obamas into a sort of Before Sunrise-style indie romance, with uneven results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
Barbra Streisand is simply fabulous
Friday, July 29, 2016
Beloved performer hits Vegas in first North American tour since 2012.
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.
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.

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