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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
Concert review: Guns N' Roses
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
Guns N' Roses returned to Vegas for New Year's Eve, and it was something to celebrate
Film review: 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
A spy thriller without explosions or car chases? Josh Bell is so there
TV review: 'House of Lies'
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
Showtime's newest show, 'House of Lies', is a mixed bag
TV review: 'The Firm'
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012
Is 'The Firm' still fresh 19 years later? Josh Bell has the answer
Guns N' Roses puts on a surprisingly strong NYE show
Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012
Axl Rose's 'new' crew ushers in 2012 in entertaining fashion.
The Year in Review: Film and TV
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
Our critics pick their favorite films and shows from 2011.
Film review: '8 Murders a Day'
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011
Great title, but that's about it for '8 Murders a Day'
Steven Spielberg is back with two new films. Should we be excited?
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011
'The Adventures of Tintin' and 'War Horse' are both family-friendly ... and fairly skippable.
Film review: 'We Bought a Zoo'
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011
It's corny, sure, but not in a bad way.
Film review: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Sherlock Holmes is known as a guy who solves mysteries. But he does more booty-kicking in Guy Ritchie's interpretation.
Charlize Theron is stunningly awful in the great 'Young Adult'
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Can you go back home? Charlize Theron finds out the hard way in 'Young Adult'
Josh Bell's week of entertainment at this year's NFR
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011
Weekly critic Josh Bell takes in the entertainment during this year's NFR
Film 'New Year's Eve' is a perfect storm of bland superficiality
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
No joke, the team behind 'Valentine's Day' is taking another holiday.
TV review: 'Bag of Bones'
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
The latest Stephen King adaptation fails to capture its source material.
Pet Project
The Thompson prepare their next movie
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Local filmmakers Jerry and Mike Thompson follow Thor at the Bus Stop with another project.
Film review: 'The Sitter'
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011
Josh Bell recommends you don't spend time with 'The Sitter'
Peter Pan's world gets gritty in 'Neverland,' and not in a good way
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Sci-fi dreck just a step or two above Sharktopus.
CD review: Michael Jackson
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Immortal doesn’t function well as a hits package, but it works for Cirque.
Whose CD sucks more? Nickelback's or Daughtry's?
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
Both CDs are pretty lame, but which one is lamer -- Nickelback's or Daughtry's? Josh Bell investigates
Film review: Grief feels overly pleasant in 'The Descendants'
The Descendants
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
Latest from 'Sideways' director doesn't sting the way it should.

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