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Hair metal memories
Local PR pro reminisces on Vegas rock connections
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Local PR pro reminisces on Vegas rock connections.
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.
'Rock of Ages' takes all the fun out of hair metal
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
It might be a good idea to just hold off on seeing Adam Shankman’s new film adaptation.
Tropfest a study in contrasts: film culture vs. Strip nightlife
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Cosmopolitan hosts awkward but exciting exploration of short films.
Film festival Cinekink offers a mix of sophistication and smut
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Selections range from coy, tongue-in-cheek sex comedies to full-on hardcore pornography.
'Prometheus' falls just short of being a classic
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Ridley Scott's followup to Alien is visually stunning but thematically a bit hollow
TV review: 'Dallas'
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
It's nice to see J.R. back, but not this show
Short films shine at Tropfest Las Vegas
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Cosmopolitan to host three-day showcase event.
Brit Marling mesmerizes in 'Sound of My Voice'
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Sundance sensation also co-wrote the sci-fi film.
'Snow White and the Huntsman' makes a familiar story darker and duller
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"It takes a tale that can be read to a child in 10 minutes before bed and drags it out past two hours."
Henderson Symphony Orchestra brings new life to another Chaplin classic
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Modern Times coming to Henderson Pavilion.
Concert review: Van Halen at MGM Grand
Monday, May 28, 2012
No obvious signs of tension. Just David Lee Roth's antics overshadowing his band's songs.
Film review: 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"The movie has all the liveliness of a retiree taking an afternoon nap."
Posturing outweighs pedigree in 'Hemingway & Gellhorn'
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Film critic Josh Bell calls Hemingway "Oscar bait through and through."
CD review: Garbage's 'Not Your Kind of People'
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Garbage's first disc in seven years is well worth your time
Film review: 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A sushi master gets his due in this inspiring documentary
Hard-working Vegas rockers Otherwise finally hit it big
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Frontman Adrian Patrick talks new album, hit single and soldiering on.
Sacha Baron Cohen is back -- sort of -- in the uneven 'The Dictator'
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Dictator relies more on script than previous Cohen films -- and that's not always a good thing
'Battleship' and 'Expecting': Products as movies
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
They're not just a board game and self-help book anymore: Battleship and What to Expect When You're Expecting are now movies
Film review: 'Dark Shadows'
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
'Dark Shadows' finds Tim Burton in a scary place: Autopilot
Film review: 'The Lady'
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Luc Besson's latest film The Lady is a bit ... ordinary
UNLV’s Francisco Menendez and Roger Corman are 'Stealing Las Vegas'
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
It’s pretty unlikely for a filmmaker to get his big break after spending more than 20 years as a university professor, but that’s exactly what happened to Francisco Menendez.
Country fest Stagecoach succeeds despite its musical segregation
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Brad Paisley got a bigger stage than Steve Martin and his Steep Canyon Rangers, but they both drew crowds to Indio, California.
'The Avengers' is one sequel that truly delivers
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
It's the culmination of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. And The Avengers doesn't disappoint
Celebrate Free Comic Day in style -- win a free copy of the original 'Avengers'
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Because who doesn't like free comic books?
The 'Sarah Marshall' team strikes gold again in 'Five-Year Engagement'
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Yeah, it's a romantic comedy that's actually romantic and funny
New film trends: A report from CinemaCon
Headed to a theater near you, automatic bartenders and higher frame rates?
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Headed to a theater near you, automatic bartenders and higher frame rates?
Film review: 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits'
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The folks who brought you Wallace & Gromit keep the goodness coming
Summer movie preview 2012: Superheroes! Pregnant ladies! And Abraham Lincoln?
Monday, April 23, 2012
From superhero movies to remakes and sequels, a look at what promises to be this summer's theater blockbuster hits and, surely, some flops among them. And don't forget to check out the critics' picks for your best bets.
Summer movie preview 2012
Superheroes! Pregnant ladies! And Abraham Lincoln?
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Superheroes! Pregnant ladies! And a vampire-killing Abraham Lincoln?
The Sci Fi Center scares up a new first-run horror series
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Venue to show IFC Films releases, beginning with Stephen Dorff's 'Brake.'
Film Review: 'Footnote'
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
"Footnote" has moments of humor and pathos, even if they seem to be coming from different films.
TV Review: 'Veep'
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays second banana for mild laughs in 'Veep.'
Film Review: 'Think Like a Man'
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
‘Think Like a Man’ offers weak comedy and weaker advice.
Film Review: 'The Lucky One'
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
"The Lucky One" is anyone who avoids this tepid romance.
Action sensation ‘The Raid: Redemption’ falls short
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Film-festival smash The Raid: Redemption is just monotonous fighting
Kelly Clarkson delivers a short but satisfying Vegas show
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
She could have performed a bit longer, but when she's this good, who cares?
TV review: 'Girls'
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Girls is an an extension of Tiny Furniture, but not a very good one
'The Cabin in the Woods' is not your average slasher flick
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The slasher genre gets a bit of deconstruction in the clever The Cabin in the Woods
Film review: 'The Three Stooges'
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Despite good impersonations, there's just no reason for this movie to exist

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