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Surprises in Store
Primus' genre-hopping sound a perfect fit at Brooklyn Bowl
Friday, April 25, 2014
Primus recently covered the Willy Wonka soundtrack. Sounds like a golden ticket to us.
On the Offensive
Stand-up comic transitions from roasting to hosting
Friday, April 25, 2014
If Daniel Tosh is king of Comedy Central’s youth-skewing programming, Anthony Jeselnik is the prince.
Megadeth and Motörhead bring metal history and intensity to the Pearl
Friday, April 18, 2014
Dave Mustaine is still a monster on the guitar.
Simply Hilarious
Get ready for some serious laughs when Tracy Morgan performs at TI
Friday, April 18, 2014
Tracy Morgan sheds his Tracy Jordan character and is still every bit as funny
Jamming With Gogol Bordello
Band integrate world sounds with punk edge
Friday, April 18, 2014
Gypsy punk band brings creative vibe to Vegas stage.
2014 Summer Movie Preview!
Ninja turtles, sex tapes and well-trained dragons: Please silence your cell phone; it's time for our sneak preview of the coming season's flicks!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Superheroes, sequels and a sex tape: Weekly's look at the upcoming season's flicks.
Weekly Q&A: Former MMA fighter Gina Carano on her career as an action-movie star
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The UNLV alum talks her latest film, a possible return to MMA and more.
Film review: Kermit and Co. deserved better than 'Muppets Most Wanted'
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Star cameos are fine, but what's the point of this movie?
Ten damn years of Dam Short Film Fest
An interview with co-founder Lee Lanier
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
"They’re very concise pieces of art. They’re short and tell a story in a very complex way."
Village Square fills a unique niche with cinema of the world
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
For nurse Marilou Aguilar-Galdo and student Ravi Kumar, seeing movies from their home countries maintains important connections and creates new ones.
Local filmmaker Neil Breen's unique (and terrible) movies earned him a cult following
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
"Neil is a serious filmmaker not in on the joke of how bad his films are."
George Strait is simple and direct on his farewell tour
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014
The country crooner played 33 songs (!) at his MGM Grand Garden Arena tour stop.
Three new series highlight independent and classic films at Galaxy Green Valley
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
First up is the debut of the Cinema Society of Las Vegas series.
Six gems among the Oscar nominations
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
With much ado about nomination snubs, film editor Josh Bell focuses on the positive.
There’s no intelligence in ‘Intelligence’
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
The only intelligent response to this show is to change the channel.
Concert review: The Britney Spears machine rolls into Planet Hollywood
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
The people behind the headliner actually made the strongest impression during 'Piece of Me.'
Scoping out NFR week's country music highlights
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Get your boots and Stetson ready.
Three-network event 'Bonnie & Clyde' comes up short
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
The new version is just going through the motions, nothing like Arthur Penn’s landmark 1967 film.
'Frozen' is Disney’s best animated movie in a long time
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
Maybe this new princess flick will mark the beginning of a new golden age for Disney animation.
Taking in fascinating indie and international films at LA’s AFI Fest
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
The trip to Hollywood is worthwhile for any Vegas cinephile looking for the experience CineVegas once offered.
‘Vanilla Ice Goes Amish’ is less entertaining than it sounds
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
The rapper travels to Ohio's Amish country to learn the art of hand-craftsmanship.
Five thoughts on Stone Temple Pilots at Fremont Street Experience
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park fame) isn't a bad replacement for former lead singer Scott Weiland.
Taking a look at Las Vegas’ booming comic-book fan community
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
"Tthe geek community is banding together everywhere and strengthening communities across the country.”
Veteran Vegas-based comics writer Steven Grant on making '2 Guns' into a movie
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
The idea behind the crime series, his involvement with the movie and more.
Coachella Week: How to Destroy Angels’ live show emphasizes art over rock
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Trent Reznor's latest project played its third-ever show at the Pearl on April 13.
Horror and more at the third annual PollyGrind Film Festival
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
The fest celebrates independent and underground horror and grindhouse movies.
The dubious history of horror movies set in Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
Sin City has had its fair share of terror.
TV spin-off 'Major Crimes' makes a poor case for itself
Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
"The Closer" was a clever crime drama that deserves better.
'Go On' awkwardly mixes snark and sentiment
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012
Friends alum Matthew Perry leads new NBC comedy.
Notable highlights at the Las Vegas Film Festival
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A look at military families, Asian films, Lea Thompson, Louis Gossett Jr. and Bob Marley
Actress Cerina Vincent returns to Vegas with the thriller 'MoniKa' at the Las Vegas Film Festival
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
“I grew up going to Mount Charleston and Lake Mead, and shooting guns out in the middle of the desert and riding four-wheelers.”
'Beasts of the Southern Wild' is unique but disjointed
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
'Rather than making a poignant statement about poverty or natural disasters, it mashes together a bunch of disparate elements into a clumsy (if sometimes striking) mess.'
‘Bill W.’ is a dull tribute to the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
Friday, July 13, 2012
Josh Bell says the movie is "almost completely fawning and uncritical."
TV review: 'Political Animals'
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Sigourney Weaver's new political show is only weak when it focuses on ... politics
More of the same prehistoric antics with latest 'Ice Age'
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Mediocre, innocuous animated filmmaking equals worldwide phenomenon.
‘OC87’ documents one man’s recovery process
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Filmmaker turns the camera on his own mental illness.
How Las Vegas became Hair Metal, U.S.A
Homegrown talent and onetime hitmakers have made the Valley into the new capital of spandex and swagger
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Welcome to the new capital of spandex and swagger.
Hair metal memories
Local PR pro reminisces on Vegas rock connections
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Local PR pro reminisces on Vegas rock connections.
What do hair metal rockers (and insiders) think of the term 'hair metal'?
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Can we get a fan in here?
Film review: 'To Rome With Love'
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
The latest Woody Allen flick hits theaters Friday.
The new 'Spider-Man': an amazing retread
The Amazing Spider-Man is a tired superhero rehash
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man is a tired superhero rehash.
'Anger Management' feels like leftovers from an unsatisfying meal
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
What the heck is this show doing on FX?
'Magic Mike' is a dull story in a slick package
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Magic Mike turns out to be an unremarkable story of excess and remorse, and even Soderbergh can’t make it into much more than that.
Touring Las Vegas through the eyes of best-selling author Vicki Pettersson
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A number of authentic Vegas locations play important roles in Vicki Pettersson’s novels. The Zodiac series, about an epic struggle between forces of good and evil, used Vegas landmarks as touchstones for a supernatural world, and Pettersson works hard to ground her fantastical stories in the reality of the city. “Las Vegas is malleable anyway,” she says. “Even its reality can be distorted easily.”
Film review: 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World'
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
We're seeking a slightly better movie
'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' sounds awesome, but it's ... not
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Skip this crap and read a history book; you'll thank us later
Aaron Sorkin repackages the familiar on HBO's The Newsroom
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Despite the noble efforts from Sorkin and the cast, The Newsroom ends up closer to Studio 60 than to The West Wing.
CD review: The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Oceania'
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Corgan's "album within an album" sounds woozy and unremarkable.
CineKink mixes steamy sex and good storytelling
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
There wasn't a huge turnout for this year's CineKink, but it was still a lot of fun
'Hysteria': Vibrators! Brits! And Maggie Gyllenhaal!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
For a movie about the invention of the world’s most popular sex toy, Hysteriais rather coy and giggly about sexual relations.

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