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November 23, 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

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Pixar mostly succeeds with the gorgeous ‘Coco’
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
It’s a welcome original story from a studio that has been a little too focused on mediocre sequels in recent years.
‘Three Billboards’ can’t help overstating its case
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Writer-director Martin McDonagh’s third film has more genuine humanity than his first two, but the British playwright still overwrites nearly every line of dialogue.
A stand-up star is born in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
It takes a special kind of talent to handle the lightning-fast patter of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Five thoughts: Guns N’ Roses at T-Mobile Arena (November 17)
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
The band played for a marathon three and a half hours, ending right around the time one of their concerts might have started back in the ’90s.
Molotov: A perfect storm
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
One of Latin America's most successful bands brings its singular sound to the House of Blues.
Periphery and Animals as Leaders show heavy metal's range
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
The two bands are both notable in their own right. Together, they promise an unforgettable night.
‘Justice League’ delivers minor comic-book competence
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
The action is rote, the special effects are surprisingly poor and the character interactions are only occasionally entertaining.
Netflix’s ‘Godless’ stretches its simple Western story until it breaks
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Like too many prestige TV shows, the seven-episode limited series is basically a feature film dragged out over multiple episodes.
‘The Punisher’ and ‘Runaways’ mark Marvel’s latest uneven TV efforts
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
So far neither captures the excitement and creativity of the best Marvel movies (or comic books).
‘Lady Bird’ tells a smart and funny coming-of-age story
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
The title character is the kind of role writer/director Greta Gerwig might have played a decade ago.
Great White, Slaughter join for a rocking night
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Heavy metal bands bring classic hits to Vegas.
$uicide Boy$ create a new order
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
New Orleans rap duo thrives in the age of streaming.
There’s no mystery left to ‘Murder on the Orient Express’
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Part of the problem is the general fustiness of Poirot’s adventures, which are often more like word problems than narratives.
The Florida Project explores the lives of Orlando’s forgotten
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Although the inexperienced cast and extensive improvisation give the movie a gritty naturalism, it isn’t depressing or pessimistic.
‘Wonderstruck’ uses movie magic to convey childlike astonishment
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
The story takes place during two eras, both of which filmmaker Todd Haynes re-creates with the look of movies that were released contemporaneously.
Teenagers kill for likes in ‘Tragedy Girls’
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
At its best, it’s a smart, cynical high school satire, but at its worst it’s merely cynical.
Common Kings create a well-rounded vibe
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Group blends an appealing mix of reggae, rock, pop and R&B.
The Front Bottoms climbing toward the top
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Duo takes punk/indie aesthetic higher and higher.
Thor returns in the colorful, funny 'Ragnarok’
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Director Taika Waititi gets to play with the established MCU format a bit, without deviating significantly from what Marvel movies do best.
‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ tells a dark but unaffecting story
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
It’s a sort of modernized folk tale with all of the unsparing brutality of an unfiltered Brothers Grimm tale.
Netflix’s ‘Alias Grace’ explores the mind of a notorious murderer
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
The six-episode show gradually questions its own narrative integrity, turning into a story about the unknowability of events whose participants have conflicting views on the truth.
Weezer slides back into glossy pop with ‘Pacific Daydream’
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
“Feels Like Summer” sounds like Maroon 5’s recent dance-pop efforts.
The first-ever Sin City Horror Fest makes a promising start
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Starting up any new film event, especially in Las Vegas, is an uphill battle.
LANY winds down its own path
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Indie band build success through multipronged efforts.
Bayside Carries On
Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
Emo stalwarts celebrate 10-year anniversary of 'Walking Wounded.'
Soldiers struggle to readjust in ‘Thank You for Your Service’
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
It’s an admirable effort that never quite transcends its hokey educational trappings.
There’s nothing worth watching in the dull ‘All I See Is You’
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Director Marc Forster uses ominous sound cues and skewed camera angles to create an atmosphere of low-level dread.
Screen screams: What to watch over the Halloween weekend
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
The Sin City Horror Fest, Stranger Things Season 2 and more.
Kelly Clarkson shakes up her approach on ‘Meaning of Life’
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
The highlight is the attitude-filled “Whole Lotta Woman,” featuring members of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Five thoughts: Nine Inch Nails at the Joint (October 20)
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
The show never felt rushed, and the band never sounded anything but polished, whether on new songs or slightly tweaked versions of old favorites.
Disjointed crime thriller ‘The Snowman’ should be left out in the cold
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
Michael Fassbender plays Harry Hole, a brilliant but self-destructive Oslo police detective
Hollywood Undead breathes new life into rap-rock
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Group's newest album keeps the elements that made it popular.
‘Only the Brave’ fails to translate real-life heroism into effective cinema
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
The tribute to the firefighters who died in 2013’s Yarnell Hill wildfire is honorable and well-intentioned.
Watergate whistleblower Mark Felt gets a dull biopic
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Known for decades only as “Deep Throat,” he revealed his identity in 2005.
Stephen King story ‘1922’ explores murder in the heartland
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
It’s a solid, straightforward thriller that gets the job done without much fuss.
The intense vulnerability of Stone Sour
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Founder Corey Taylor continues to pour his emotions into the music.
In This Moment evolves its sound
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
With newest album, band shows how far it’s come.
Noah Baumbach delivers another sharp, witty dramedy with ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller play brothers who’ve been messed up in different ways by their overbearing, narcissistic father (Dustin Hoffman).
The entertaining ‘Marshall’ makes for a better courtroom drama than a biopic
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
The entire arc of Marshall’s life probably deserves a lengthier and more sophisticated treatment, but this minor episode still makes for an appealing primer.
Horror movie ‘Happy Death Day’ makes the most of its goofy premise
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
A spoiled sorority girl relives the day of her own murder multiple times.
‘Professor Marston’ explores the kinky origins of a comic-book icon
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
Wonder Woman is a bondage fantasy of sorts, but Robinson depicts the characters’ interest in BDSM in a positive, understanding way.
Billy Corgan adopts his full name for the forgettable ‘Ogilala’
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
It’s an improvement over 2005’s muddied, electronic-heavy solo debut, at least.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ infuses sci-fi with style and philosophy
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Anyone looking for an action-packed sci-fi blockbuster will instead find a slow rumination on what it means to be human.
Evanescence’s grand sound
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Amy Lee is back for the band’s forthcoming fourth album.
The Church is always exploring new horizons
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Expect to hear an eclectic mix of straightforward rock and experimental compositions.
Cutesy biopic ‘Victoria and Abdul’ lets its subjects down
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
The screenplay by Lee Hall treats the dynamic like something out of Perfect Strangers, with goofy fish-out-of-water comedy.
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba get lost in ‘The Mountain Between Us’
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
They don’t have enough chemistry to justify the kind of sweeping, fateful love that the film tries to convey.
Kings of Leon make it a family affair
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Sound is rooted in their Tennessee upbringing.
Megadeth is still a creative force
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Metal pioneers pick up their first-ever Grammy award.
Tom Cruise plays a freewheeling smuggler in ‘American Made’
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
It’s fun to watch at first, thanks largely to one of Cruise’s most purely enjoyable performances in a while, but it eventually becomes repetitive.

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