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'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
Five observations from Kelly Clarkson at the Pearl + setlist
Pearl at the Palms, April 5, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Clarkson took on Florence and favorites in bare feet.
'American Pie' crew is back (and worth seeing) in 'American Reunion'
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
American Reunion is a pleasantly surprising sequel.
TV review: 'Scandal'
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Despite its high pedigree, Scandal is an unconvincing soap opera
Film review: 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen'
Friday, March 30, 2012
What a bland title -- and a bland movie
Film review: 'Mirror Mirror'
Friday, March 30, 2012
Despite the best intentions, "Mirror Mirror" is a feeble fairy tale
TV review: 'The Pauly D Project'
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Without a breakout personality in the supporting cast, Pauly D has to carry the show on his own. Uh oh.
Steven Seagal vs. a Ford Escape. Who wins?
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Hey, don't laugh. The Ford Escape may be slightly smarter.
Madonna's 'MDNA' shows she's still got a lot to offer
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Madonna's newest album is a testament to her durability
Neon Reverb's film program feels like a missed opportunity
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Film fans and music fans lost out on another chance to bring the two together.
TV review: 'Touch'
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
How to put this lightly? Apart from a promising pilot, Touch just ... sucks.
Film review: 'In Darkness'
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In Darkness is respectable but overlong
'Mad Men' is back ... any questions?
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Got burning questions about the upcoming season of Mad Men? We've got some answers.
Film: '21 Jump Street' adds mediocre humor to an old TV concept
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Yet another show that shouldn't have been made into a movie. At least, not into this movie.
Film review: 'Jeff, Who Lives at Home'
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Duplasses craft a crowd-pleasing comedy while keeping their unique sensibilities intact.
Film review: 'Friends With Kids' starts bold then reels it in
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Will this predictable plot play out exactly as expected?
Film review: 'John Carter' looks good ... and that's about it
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The large-scale action-movie style doesn’t fit the story, and ends up highlighting how stilted and musty it is.
Film review: 'We Need to Talk About Kevin'
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
At its heart, it's a horror movie about discovering that someone you love unconditionally is unconditionally evil.
TV: 'Game Change' dully dramatizes Sarah Palin's '08 election impact
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Watch, if you wanna see actors interacting with clips of real people.
Cop drama ‘Rampart’ focuses on feelings over details
Friday, March 2, 2012
"The dark feeling it captures is more important than the details of the hazy plot."
Stay away from ugly teen comedy ‘Project X’
Friday, March 2, 2012
"It’s a basic teen-movie setup, the only difference being that the party escalates to such grandiose proportions that it essentially turns into a large-scale riot."
TV review: 'Awake' is a crime procedural in sci-fi clothing
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
Mostly, it's another series about grim detectives solving grimmer crimes.
Film review: 'The Lorax'
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012
The animation is lovely, but overall this one's second-rate Seuss.
Film review: 'Act of Valor'
Friday, Feb. 24, 2012
Using real Navy SEALs in a movie sounds promising -- until you realize they can't act
The Oscars are upon us—and the Oscar shorts are headed to town
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012
Also: a nominated-films marathon at the Orleans
TV review: 'Life's Too Short'
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Another year, another mediocre Ricky Gervais HBO project - 'Life's Too Short'
Film review: 'This Means War'
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Is Reese Witherspoon worth fighting over? Not in 'This Means War'
A damn fine festival
Boulder City's Dam Short Film Festival has become an adored institution
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012
Boulder City's Dam Short Film Festival has become an institution
Three days, 100 titles at the Dam Short Film Festival
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Championing an underrated art form in an underrated city.
CD: Van Halen's 'A Different Kind of Truth' is surprisingly decent
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
David Lee Roth's first album with the band in 28 years is much better than its first track would indicate.
Film: Denzel can't save 'Safe House' from action-thriller mediocrity
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012
Even Washington’s mischievous smile can’t elevate it.
TV: Broadway drama 'Smash' is tuneful and smart
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Please, don't call it a Glee rip-off!
TV: 'The River' navigates choppy waters
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
The found-footage trend hits the small screen, with solid enough results.
Film review: 'The Woman in Black'
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Daniel Radcliffe ditches the Harry Potter robe and heads to Creepyville.
Jewish Film Festival scales back on the scope, but not on the quality
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
This year's Jewish Film Festival offered fewer films, but still had plenty of quality
CD review: Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic'
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' feels nothing but anticlimactic
Film review: 'Chronicle'
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Found footage + superhero origin story = meh.
Few thrills in the gimmicky ‘Man on a Ledge’
Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
The movie sure delivered on its title, but did it deliver much else?
HBO horse-racing drama 'Luck' gets stuck in the mud
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
The new series has big names attached. So why is it so lifeless?
Film review: 'Albert Nobbs'
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
Glenn Close is unconvincing as a woman posing as a man.
Hits and misses from today's Oscar nominations
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012
Josh Bell likes the "Man or Muppet" nod but wonders why Albert Brooks didn't make the cut.
Film review: 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close'
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
Josh Bell says Stephen Daldry’s adaptation feels empty and reductive.
Film review: 'Red Tails'
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
George Lucas' turn as uncredited director results in—guess what?—wooden dialogue.
An hour spent in hell -- er, watching 'Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas'
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
Josh Bell watches 'Bad Girls Club: Las Vegas' and lives to tell about it
Tool: concert review + setlist
Monday, Jan. 16, 2012
Guess who showed up to jam with the band ...
Is 'Alcatraz' just another show trying to be the next 'Lost'?
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
Just piling on the mysteriousness isn't enough.
Even Meryl's great acting chops can't save 'The Iron Lady'
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
Hungering for a movie about Margaret Thatcher? You still probably won't find much to like in 'The Iron Lady'
The Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival screens the Sherman Brothers, Gustav Mahler and the history of Nevada's Jewish communities
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
The longest-running film festival returns for its 11th year
Film review: 'Contraband'
Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012
Mark Wahlberg stars in yet another heist movie

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