Josh Bell

Josh Bell

Agrees with the Tomatometer 72% of the time.

Biography:
Josh Bell has been a film and TV critic for Las Vegas Weekly since 2002.
Favorites:
Heathers, Fight Club, South Park, Clerks, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Craft, Scream, The Big Lebowski, Bound, Wild Things, Almost Famous, Batman (Tim Burton-style), Rosemary's Baby, The Birds, Manhattan, Bring It On, Gattaca, Carrie, Pulp Fiction, Terminator 2, Breathless, Lone Star, La Femme Nikita, Romy & Michele's High School Reunion, Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Heat, To Die For, Interview With the Vampire, Hannah and Her Sisters, Rear Window, The Silence of the Lambs, Quick Change, Clueless, Chasing Amy, The Conversation, Out of Sight, Misery, Annie Hall, Before Sunset, North by Northwest, Face/Off, The Last Picture Show, The Truman Show, The Matrix, Three Kings, Halloween, Memento, The Fly, About Schmidt, Wayne's World
Publications:
Film Racket , Filmcritic.com , Las Vegas Weekly
Critics' Group:
Broadcast Film Critics Association, Las Vegas Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
1178
Location:
Las Vegas

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 96% The Lunchbox (2014) " As convincing a story about aging and compromise as it is a romance." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3/5 59% Dom Hemingway (2014) " Law's committed performance is the biggest selling point for the inconsistent movie." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 16, 2014
2/5 19% Transcendence (2014) " Tosses out some intriguing ideas, and then spends the next two hours completely squandering them." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 16, 2014
3.5/5 98% Fargo: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A show about Deputy Solverson would be worth watching even without ties to a beloved movie. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/5 91% Le Week-End (2014) " A small-scale, well-observed drama." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2.5/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " It's like sitting in a meeting with your affable but dull boss." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/5 71% Oculus (2014) " Flanagan creates characters worth caring about and puts them through hell, which is the smartest way to make a horror movie, no matter what the premise." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 10, 2014
3.5/5 59% Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2014) " While the story isn't complete until the end of Volume II, many of the heady pleasures of Volume I stand a little better on their own. " — Film Racket
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/5 48% Turn: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A mostly dull period drama, enlivened by occasional pulpy elements and a couple of mustache-twirling villains. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3/5 96% Silicon Valley: Season 1 " Judge and co-creators John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky are good at skewering the oblivious self-importance of techies, but they aren't quite as good at plotting. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2014
2.5/5 45% In the Blood (2014) " While Carano is still a top-notch fighter (an early scene of her taking down sleazy dudes in a nightclub is a highlight), she's got a ways to go as an actor. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The most effective standalone Marvel movie since the first Iron Man, and the most consistently entertaining since The Avengers." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Apr 3, 2014
3.5/5 77% Noah (2014) " A powerful, singular vision." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 31, 2014
2.5/5 40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " Cesar Chavez is a decent history lesson, but it's not much of a drama." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 26, 2014
2.5/5 22% Sabotage (2014) " Sabotage is unusually dark and serious for a Schwarzenegger vehicle, but the star doesn't quite have the acting chops to pull off the moral gray areas." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 26, 2014
4/5 76% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " Audacious, powerful and consistently entertaining, which is not always the case with von Trier's difficult work." — Film Racket
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1/5 23% Shirin In Love (2014) " From the choppy pacing to the grating soundtrack to the flat visual style, Shirin in Love fails on almost every level." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2014
2.5/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " Every bit the dutiful franchise-extender that 2011 comeback vehicle The Muppets was not." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2014
2.5/5 41% Divergent (2014) " Throws together a lot of familiar sci-fi and coming-of-age elements, but can't make any of them connect." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 19, 2014
2.5/5 66% Doll & Em: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The most rewarding moments still end up getting crowded out by the stale jabs at celebrity culture and narcissism. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1.5/5 61% Crisis: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " A sort of endearingly terrible thriller that makes CBS' similar Hostages look sane. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 88% Tim's Vermeer (2014) " Even when Jenison's process becomes a little tedious, the movie makes sure to remind us that tedium is often an essential part of how art is created." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1.5/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " Some of the racing stunts are impressive, but the overall tone is grim and mean-spirited, with the repetitive story broken up only by crass, sexist humor." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 —— Cosmos: Season 1 " Cosmos' grand scope and upscale production values can sometimes seem a little excessive, but it never lacks ambition. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 5, 2014
2/5 38% Believe: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The impressive shot composition isn't matched by the vague, clunky storytelling. " — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 5, 2014
2/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " Excessive in a humorless, mind-numbing way." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Mar 5, 2014
2.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Starts with some decent suspense before devolving into utter idiocy." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 45% In Secret (2014) " Stratton sticks close to the events of the novel, but his tone is decidedly skewed, taking a tragic story of guilt and repression and turning it into a campy potboiler." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Feb 20, 2014
3/5 99% Gloria (2014) " A sometimes fascinating, sometimes obtuse character study." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Feb 15, 2014
2.5/5 48% RoboCop (2014) " The new version of RoboCop exhibits much less personality, even if it does have a stronger cast and more impressive special effects." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2014
3/5 70% About Last Night (2014) " Getting to the inevitable end is a refreshingly pleasant experience." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2.5/5 33% The Monuments Men (2014) " Clooney ends up turning a unique story into something mediocre and generic." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
3.5/5 96% The Lego Movie (2014) " Far better than a film based on toy blocks has any right to be." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Feb 5, 2014
2.5/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " There's nothing new about the movie's contrived misunderstandings and cringe-worthy comic set pieces." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3/5 76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Its period-piece trappings may be a little dull, but the story they tell is worthwhile." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2014
1.5/5 23% Gimme Shelter (2014) " Heavy-handed and clumsy, with some seriously terrible performances." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 22, 2014
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " Hart's shtick gets tired quickly, and Cube only has one note to play as the humorless straight man." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 16, 2014
2/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " Wells lets his actors run wild with Letts' script, which is full of opportunities for shameless showboating." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 9, 2014
4/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " An often heartbreaking look at the way that even the most talented artists can end up with nothing but thwarted dreams." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/5 39% Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) " It's obvious that the series has nowhere left to go." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 3, 2014
2/5 30% Grudge Match (2013) " The actors are just going through the motions, and the uninspired writing and direction give them little reason to put in any effort." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2.5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " As entertaining as many of the individual scenes and set pieces can be, the movie drags as it passes the 90-minute mark." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 24, 2013
2.5/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " A formulaic bullet-point biopic that does little to capture Mandela's personality or political significance." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " As overstuffed and muddled as the story may be, it's still consistently funny." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2.5/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " At least when Disney butchered Travers' book, he created a classic film in the process; Saving Mr. Banks just makes his company look like sore winners." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2013
2/5 25% Walking With Dinosaurs (2013) " An awkward combination of nature documentary and kids' movie, with dubious educational value." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 18, 2013
2/5 61% Hours (2013) " Called upon to carry almost the entire movie by himself, Walker has a tough time mustering genuine emotion, although he does better in the few legitimately tense scenes." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/5 74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " At this point, Jackson is basically just offering another glimpse into his never-ending Middle-earth saga every year. If you're looking for more, well, here it is." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 13, 2013
3/5 76% Bettie Page Reveals All (2013) " As a film, Reveals All may be lacking, but as a historical document (of a sort of underground, alternative history), it does exactly what its title promises." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 5, 2013
2/5 52% Out of the Furnace (2013) " Cooper seems to want to make a profound statement about the hollowness of revenge or the struggles of the working class, but the movie has only the illusion of depth." — Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 5, 2013
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