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October 30, 2014

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Sailing Through
Three decades later, pop duo's still got it
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell's catalog runs deep
Film review: 'Dear White People' is often funny, but tries too hard
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Still, why can't more movies try to be this ambitious?
Film review: Revenge thriller 'John Wick' gets by on impressive style
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The plot is simplistic in the extreme and more than a little silly, but John Wick is delivered with style and energy.
TV review: 'Constantine' is a generic approach to supernatural drama
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The third new fall drama based on a DC Comics character, Constantine is neither as fun as The Flash nor as grandiose as Gotham.
Q&A: Kacey Musgraves
Country up-and-comer joins Life is Beautiful stars
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
The critically acclaimed country singer is Nashville's lone representative at the Life is Beautiful Festival.
Local fans bring superhero Nightwing to life online
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
The biggest complaints from fans? It's too short.
Film review: 'The Book of Life' takes all the life out of a rich cultural tradition
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
And the animation sucks, too!
Who Can It Be Now?
Funnyman Frank Caliendo delivers impressions with the best of them
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Funnyman Frank Caliendo brings his cast of characters back to Las Vegas.
Breaking Boundaries
Zac Brown Band stretches its style in multiple directions
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
For the Zac Brown Band, country music makes perfect base for eclectic experimentation.
Film review: Overwrought emotions spoil 'The Judge'
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The strain for respectability can be felt in virtually every moment of David Dobkin’s hokey dramedy.
Film review: 'Dracula Untold' fails at both horror and spectacle
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
And this is supposed to launch a franchise? Good luck, guys.
Film review: 'Alexander' is very, very, very mediocre
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Based on a great children's book—and that's about it.
Get a Little Love
Loni Love latest female comedian in The Venetian's Lipshtick series
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Comedian Loni Love keeps it real with her lighthearted lessons on love and laughter.
Drink It In
Train and Blink-182 headline the two-day Wine Amplified festival
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Wine Amplified celebrates with two days of music and more than 150 varieties of wine.
Film review: Fincher racks up another riveting movie with 'Gone Girl'
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
It contains some fantastic performances to boot.
Film review: 'Annabelle' is a completely unnecessary prequel
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Stop with The Conjuring. Trust us.
Concert review: Katy Perry drowns her music in kitsch
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The biggest musical makeover came in an ill-advised cabaret-jazz version of “Hot N Cold.”
The Start of Something
Inaugural Route 91 Harvest pulls in some of country's biggest names
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean in the festival saddle for Route 91 Harvest.
Rising to the Top
Teen sensation Lorde comes up from Down Under for return Vegas appearance
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
A hitmaker three times over, Lorde returns to Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel.
TV review: 'How to Get Away With Murder' revels in hysteria from the get-go
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
Let's put it this way: It makes Scandal look tame.
Film review: ‘My Old Lady’ awkwardly mixes comedy and drama
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
The movie, starring Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith, fails to make either mode entirely convincing.
A Pop Star in Three Dimensions
Katy Perry combines her biggest hits and intricate sets for the Prismatic World Tour
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
You can't stop Katy Perry. You can only hope to contain her.
Film review: Lame 'Maze Runner' ultimately goes nowhere
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Can we all just admit that YA-based entertainment is really getting old?
Film review: Kevin Smith’s 'Tusk' is an ambitious failure
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
It's an incredibly awkward mix of horror and comedy.
TV review: 'Gotham' explores Batman's early days
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Do we really need a Batman-focused police procedural?
Legend’s Essence
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace welcomes Diana Ross
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
No matter which decade it is, original diva Diana Ross still shines.
Music is the Answer
iHeartRadio packs in stars of every genre
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
iHeartRadio Music Festival's fourth installment boasts a star-studded, wide-ranging lineup.
TV review: Diseased teens spout platitudes in 'Red Band Society'
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The dialogue is self-consciously quirky, except when it’s manipulatively sentimental.
Film review: The trilogy based on Ayn Rand’s 'Atlas Shrugged' ends with a whimper
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
The final installment fulfills its function of flattering the worldview of Rand’s fans and followers, while completely failing as a piece of narrative cinema.
Passion for Music
Marc Anthony turns on the talent
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
In English or Spanish Marc Anthony's musical talents shine in any language.
Lately, Laughter Comes Easily
Comics make the leap from E! to The Venetian
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
The latest Lipshtick ladies go from the small screen to the stage.
Film review: 'Innocence' is lost among worn-out horror clichés
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Something is obviously not right at Beckett Warner's new school.
Film review: 'The Identical'
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
Elvis has truly left the building.
A strong cast anchors the low-key 'Life of Crime'
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
This Elmore Leonard adaption does a better job of translating his work than plenty of other movies have.
Punk rock nostalgia: The Offspring, Bad Religion and Pennywise party like it’s 1994
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
There were loud sing-alongs and vigorous mosh pits throughout the night, but it was all still fueled by nostalgia.
Words of Wisdom
Comedian-turned-author Susie Essman is back with barbs at The Venetian
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
The acerbic Curb Your Enthusiasm star is back on the Strip and funnier than ever.
2014 Fall A&E Guide: Film
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
The Hunger Games returns -- and so does Dumb and Dumber.
2014 Fall A&E Guide: TV
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Here are 10 shows with some amount of promise, plus two old ones to keep watching.
An Edge in Folk
Singer-songwriter David Gray offers up his most acclaimed material since ‘White Ladder’
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
David Gray goes beyond “Babylon” touring his latest release, Mutineers.
Bringing the Indie Love
Evolved Americana sound comes to Brooklyn Bowl
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
By drawing on the past, the Avetts have achieved huge success in the present.
Film review: Gleeson's wonderful performance anchors the otherwise uneven 'Calvary'
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Too many one-dimensional characters. Not good.
Film review: 'If I Stay' is TV-movie bland
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
Comas. Check. Flashbacks. Check. Cheesiness. Check.
Film review: The ponderous 'Zero Theorem' suffers from a poor central performance
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
The man who gave us Twelve Monkeys now gives us ... this.
The Oath of Fun
The Presidents of the United States of America keep rock fun
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
From a goofy little band, Presidents of the United States of America has become an institution.
A Panel of One
Joy Behar returns to her roots in stand-up comedy
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Joy Behar joins other funny females in the Lipshtick comedy series.
The Consummate Actor
Al Pacino delivers a special one-night-only peformance at The Mirage
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
If you've ever wanted to find out where "Hoo-ah!" came from, go see Al Pacino.
Disaster flick 'Into the Storm' is no whirlwind
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
For a superstorm, this tornado underwhelms.
Meager meal: 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' is a little too tasteful
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
Its characters may cook up dishes that are vibrant and daring, but this food flick is strictly bland comfort food.
Conquering the New Frontier
Electronic DJ duo Disclosure is making moves in pop music
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Disclosure, featuring brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, at the forefront of DJ-friendly pop music.
Taking Country Seriously
When it comes to music, fun-at-heart Jake Owen is all business
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
“Beachin’” singer Jake Owen is at home at Mandalay Bay’s Concerts on the Beach series.

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