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March 27, 2017

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Josh Bell

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.

Story Archive

Old 97's are crossover veterans
Friday, March 24, 2017
The Texas-based band straddles the line between country and indie rock.
LoCash is ready to party
Friday, March 24, 2017
Cowboy duo continues to prove why they're ones to watch.
Sound Tribe Sector 9 creates its own kind of jam
Friday, March 24, 2017
With an emphasis on instrumental play, band has brought new fans into fold.
‘Power Rangers’ fails as a movie and as a nostalgia trip
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.
'Wilson' explores the life of an off-putting weirdo
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Woody Harrelson throws himself into the title role but isn’t enough to hold together a disjointed movie.
‘Power Rangers’ and ‘CHiPs’ are the latest results of Hollywood’s brand obsession
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Hollywood studios remain fixated on virtually any recognizable brand name.
Shirley MacLaine prepares for the end in the phony ‘The Last Word’
Thursday, March 23, 2017
It’s barely a step above the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie she showed up in last year.
Concert review: Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell steps up for a receptive first-time Vegas audience
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.
Biffy Clyro: Not so underground
Friday, March 17, 2017
The Scottish outfit has been putting out successful music since the mid-'90s.
Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett share the stage
Friday, March 17, 2017
Laid-back country music veterans team up for a night of songs and stories.
‘Shots Fired’ tells a politically charged crime story
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.
Marvel missteps with latest superhero series ‘Iron Fist’
Thursday, March 16, 2017
While Marvel’s three previous Netflix shows established distinctive worlds for their characters, Iron Fist is rote and uninspired.
The Disney remake machine marches on with ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Thursday, March 16, 2017
As has been the case with all of Disney’s live-action updates, bigger does not equal better.
Low-key British drama ‘The Sense of an Ending’ keeps things too quiet
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.
Umphrey's McGee puts frosting on the jam
Friday, March 10, 2017
Indiana-based group brings their ever-evolving sound to Vegas.
Neil Sedaka, an original teen pop star
Friday, March 10, 2017
Singer brings all his hits to the stage at The Orleans.
Gorilla warfare: Humans disturb a monster’s habitat in 'Kong: Skull Island'
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.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd stays grounded
Friday, March 3, 2017
Overcoming the pressures of being a child prodigy, the guitarist still wows audiences.
George Thorogood keeps on the blues train
Friday, March 3, 2017
For fans of singer’s energetic style, there's no need to ask who they love.
Teen drama ‘Before I Fall’ keeps repeating its basic life lessons
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.
Period drama ‘A United Kingdom’ plays it safe
Thursday, March 2, 2017
The true story is fascinating, but the dramatization is boring.
Goodbye, Wolverine: 'Logan' sends the X-Man out on a somber note
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Logan’s self-healing ability isn’t what it used to be, and Xavier’s mental state is breaking down.
'Table 19' stumbles through a series of stale jokes
Thursday, March 2, 2017
The premise sounds like the idea for a mediocre network sitcom—possibly because it was.
How Hugh Jackman made Wolverine his own
Thursday, March 2, 2017
He took a pay cut so that Logan could have the R rating filmmakers felt it needed.
'Feud: Bette and Joan' explores a battle of Hollywood royalty
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The latest season-by-season anthology series from Ryan Murphy is set to cover a different celebrity rivalry each season.
Blake Shelton’s star never seems to set
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
‘The Voice’ coach's success means fans have more hits to love.
Railroad Earth comes chugging in
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Mastering the art of the jam band, the group improvises with vision and purpose.
Oscar-nominated documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ powerfully examines race relations
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.
Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize Winner comes to Netflix
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’ marks a promising directorial debut for Macon Blair.
Album review: Ryan Adams keeps making Ryan Adams music on ‘Prisoner’
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
Inspired by Adams’ divorce from Mandy Moore, most of the songs are melancholy and downbeat.
‘Taken’ makes a failed transition to TV
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
For a show called ‘Taken,’ there’s shockingly little taking.
ABC miniseries ‘When We Rise’ tells the story of the gay rights movement
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
The show is admirable, but as a drama, it falls short of its ambitions.
‘Get Out’ taps into socially relevant fear
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Its dark, gruesome horrors mark a departure for Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele.
Concert review: A subdued AFI leaves fans wanting more
Monday, Feb. 20, 2017
The California goth-punk veterans are an efficient hard-rock machine, as they proved over the course of 70 minutes.
Jefferson Starship is keeping the legacy alive
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
They've gone through a lot of lineups and name changes, but the great music remains.
Circa Survive is bringing back the love
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
As nostalgia for emo bands rises, the group catches a second wind.
International action movie ‘The Great Wall’ represents a failed compromise
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Chock full of international stars and low-rent CGI, this money-driven compromise seems designed to please no one.
Comedy ‘Fist Fight’ deserves to be knocked out
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Charlie Day's Mr. Campbell is far from the only character in this movie who deserves a pop in the mouth.
'Big Little Lies' picks apart the lives of the privileged
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
HBO's new drama doesn't need dragons or robots to achieve greatness.
Horrors creep up in 'A Cure for Wellness'
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
The film has a carefully composed visual style that makes for an enveloping, unsettling experience.
Boulder City’s Dam Short Film Festival smoothly expands its reach
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
New this year was an evening of special showcases before the first full day of the festival, including the entertaining Dealer, a linked collection of short films from Vegas filmmakers.
Bonnie Raitt celebrates decades worth of blues-rock hits
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Guitarist, singer, songwriter in a class of her own.
R. Kelly is still a relentless talent
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
He'll bring his impressive string of hits to the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel.
‘Fifty Shades Darker’ manages to make kinky sex boring
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Dakota Johnson is again playful and mischievous, at times coming across like she’s mocking the material.
Keanu takes out more bad guys in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Add in some colorful underworld figures and you have the ingredients for an entertaining, ultraviolent and occasionally witty thriller.
Building a franchise: ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ continues the winning streak
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
What seemed likely to be a cynical corporate cash-in turned out to be a clever, funny, self-aware and heartfelt movie.
Katherine Heigl returns in dull procedural ‘Doubt’
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
State of Affairs didn’t work out, so she’s back with probably the safest bet: a CBS crime show.
Sensory cinema: From shaking seats and scents to room-filling visuals, which experience fits you?
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017
We’re not content with stadium seats and a massive screen anymore. The cinema experience is all about the extra dimensions and sensations.
‘The Space Between Us’ drowns its potentially smart sci-fi in romantic cheese
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson star.
Diana Ross continues her legendary Las Vegas run
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
She's performed in a variety of venues over the years, and returns to the Venetian this week.

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