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June 28, 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.

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Film review: ‘Baby Driver’ gets by on musical energy
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Director Edgar Wright attempts to do for music geekery what his Scott Pilgrim vs. the World did for video gamers.
Rammstein, Korn and Stone Sour rock T-Mobile Arena
Friday, June 23, 2017
Expect heavy metal and a lot of pyrotechnics.
Chris Young's meteoric rise
Friday, June 23, 2017
Fourth-season 'Nashville Star' winner is topping the country charts.
Disjointed Netflix sci-fi parable ‘Okja’ delivers a blunt message
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The title character is a genetically engineered “super-pig,” created by corporate agribusiness Mirando, led by a weirdly childlike CEO played by Tilda Swinton.
Film review: ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ makes the political personal
Thursday, June 22, 2017
A tense dinner confrontation between right- and left-wing perspectives might sound unpleasant, but this movie has more depth than a simple political shouting match.
‘GLOW’ captures the heartfelt cheese of ’80s pro wrestling
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The Netflix show is full of gloriously terrible fashions and endearingly trashy pop culture.
‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ can’t shape-shift into a good movie
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Just getting through Michael Bay’s fifth—and, for the third time, reportedly final film in the series—makes for an exhausting endeavor.
Tupac Shakur deserves better than dull biopic ‘All Eyez on Me’
Friday, June 16, 2017
Shipp’s resemblance to Shakur is not enough to build a nearly two-and-a-half-hour biopic around.
PotterCon conjures magic and charm
Friday, June 16, 2017
Devotees of J.K. Rowling's beloved novels can celebrate fandom over trivia, games and adult beverages.
Don't stop Queen now
Friday, June 16, 2017
Fronted by 'American Idol' star Adam Lambert, the iconic rock band lives on.
Black Seeds have grown and grown
Friday, June 16, 2017
Reggae band's New Zealand roots may surprise fans.
Uneven comedy ‘Rough Night’ lives up to its title
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Some timely, progressive talking points are occasionally shoehorned in, but they’re lost amidst the formulaic plot, vulgar jokes and one-note characters.
Diane Lane gets her groove back in tepid rom-com ‘Paris Can Wait’
Thursday, June 15, 2017
At 80 years old, Eleanor Coppola has finally joined the family business, writing and directing her first narrative feature film,
The Las Vegas Film Festival marks 10 years with a change of venue
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Landing at the Palms' Brenden Theaters sacrificed some of the community feel, but offered a much better facility for showing the movies.
'47 Meters Down' offers smarter shark attacks
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The recent trend in shark movies has been to go sillier, but this one goes deeper and darker.
'Cars 3' takes a slow trip to nowhere
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
It has elements that might make for fun toys for kids, but combine into an underwhelming movie.
Katy Perry's 'Witness' is a shameless attempt at 'purposeful pop'
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
She's never been above pandering to her audience, has she?
Sister Hazel cracks open a new genre
Friday, June 9, 2017
Fans of alt-rock band following group into country explorations.
Phoenix is still rising
Friday, June 9, 2017
French indie-rockers to perform at Brooklyn Bowl.
‘The Mummy’ fails to reinvent a classic franchise
Thursday, June 8, 2017
This version is structured like a blockbuster action movie, rather than the creeping horror of its inspiration.
‘My Cousin Rachel’ promises thrills it can’t deliver
Thursday, June 8, 2017
It has all the necessary ingredients for a great Gothic potboiler, but writer-director Roger Michell rarely gets it above lukewarm.
A Marine and her dog form an unbreakable bond in ‘Megan Leavey’
Thursday, June 8, 2017
What could easily have ended up as two hours of patriotic pandering mostly avoids taking the easy way out.
‘It Comes at Night’ explores the horror of uncertainty
Thursday, June 8, 2017
The movie answers none of its questions, but writer-director Trey Edward Shults builds an effective atmosphere of mistrust and dread.
What’s being planned for Universal’s Dark Universe?
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man and more.
SoMo success story keeps getting bigger
Friday, June 2, 2017
Singer parlays YouTube popularity into burgeoning career.
Brian Setzer's got class and style to spare
Friday, June 2, 2017
His retro ways always seem to be in style, and he brings that sensibility to Las Vegas this week.
Film review: Gal Gadot shines in the entertaining ‘Wonder Woman’
Thursday, June 1, 2017
It’s a bit surprising that the movie around her is mostly a success, given how much of a mess DC has made of its efforts to launch a superhero cinematic universe.
Bush aims high
Friday, May 26, 2017
Since returning in 2010, the popular '90s band fits right back in with the present.
‘Baywatch’ drowns in bad jokes and worse action
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Once again, the only thing it has going for it: attractive stars in skimpy attire.
Clumsy Netflix military satire ‘War Machine’ sends mixed messages
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Brad Pitt plays Gen. Glen McMahon like he’s in an SNL sketch, with exaggerated mannerisms and an affected vocal delivery.
Film review: There’s no life left in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Johnny Depp stumbles and mumbles his way through Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Indie drama ‘The Lovers’ explores infidelity of a different kind
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tracy Letts and Debra Winger make the most of their rare leading roles, and the director trusts them to convey the story’s complex emotions, often wordlessly.
New Kids, Boyz and Paula all form the Total Package
Friday, May 19, 2017
Some of the biggest acts of all time add up to a pop fan’s dream concert.
Ben Harper will open your musical mind
Friday, May 19, 2017
With diverse repertoire, entertainer keeps fans of all stripes satisfied.
Punk Rock Bowling rolls into Vegas
Friday, May 19, 2017
The festival fires three strikes with headliners Iggy Pop, Bad Religion and Cock Sparrer.
‘Alien: Covenant’ refocuses on suspense and horror
Thursday, May 18, 2017
For fans hoping to see more hapless humans eviscerated, the series latest film delivers.
Film review: Love conquers illness in ‘Everything, Everything’
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The romance straddles the line between sweet and cloying, and Amandla Stenberg’s performance is a winning one.
Film review: Richard Gere plays the inscrutable ‘Norman’
Thursday, May 18, 2017
There’s something oddly appealing about him, even if no one can quite figure out what that is.
HBO’s ‘The Wizard of Lies’ does a decent job explaining Bernie Madoff
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The most impressive performance comes from Michelle Pfeiffer as Madoff’s wife, Ruth.
Paramore’s ‘After Laughter’ embraces a candy-coated, synth-heavy ’80s-style sound
Thursday, May 18, 2017
“Hard Times” could fit on an old Blondie album, and the infectious “Fake Happy” could be the “Walking on Sunshine” of sadness.
Kongos' singular sound
Friday, May 12, 2017
Indie rockers bring their worldly, cosmopolitan flavor to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
A lesson in metal history at Brooklyn Bowl
Friday, May 12, 2017
Testament leads the class, joined by Sepultura and Prong.
King Arthur becomes a generic action hero in ‘Legend of the Sword’
Thursday, May 11, 2017
It awkwardly marries Lord of the Rings-style fantasy filmmaking to Guy Ritchie’s hyperactive style.
‘I Love Dick’ turns an experimental novel into experimental TV
Thursday, May 11, 2017
In the tradition of most performance art, the show is both audacious and deeply annoying.
Film review: Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn get lost in ‘Snatched’
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Schumer brings some personality to her role, but it’s a fairly generic part for a writer and performer whose fame has been based on her unique perspective.
The beloved Anne of Green Gables returns in a Netflix series
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Although it was created by Breaking Bad veteran Moira Walley-Beckett, this isn’t a dark or gritty take on the classic tale
Film review: ‘The Wall’ traps two soldiers in a deadly game
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Although it opens with onscreen text about the declared “end” of the Iraq war in 2007, it’s less about social commentary than visceral, sometimes cheap thrills.
Country man Chris Stapleton spreads out on his second album
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
It's another assured, musically accomplished collection of country and roots-rock.
Train keeps moving and grooving
Friday, May 5, 2017
Through each change of scene, Pat Monahan keeps the Bay Area rock unit on track.
Leela James and Daley usher in new soul scene
Friday, May 5, 2017
The two singers are steeped in tradition, yet offer promise for the future of R&B.

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