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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.
What do hair metal rockers (and insiders) think of the term 'hair metal'?
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Can we get a fan in here?
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.
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

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