Las Vegas Weekly

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 90%

The Honorable Woman: Season 1 (TV, 2014-2015)

" The self-conscious weightiness overshadows the thrills, leaving the audience as drained and numb as the characters. "

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Josh Bell

2 81%

Get On Up (2014)

"Get on Up is full of standard-issue biopic moments, but they're played slightly out of order, with a fractured chronology that's more confusing than illuminating."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Josh Bell

3 90%

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"A rollicking, B-movie-style adventure that doesn't need to rely on a cameo from the Avengers to secure its place in the superhero canon."

Posted Jul 31, 2014

Josh Bell

4 47%

Le Chef (2014)

"As insubstantial and flavorless as one of the newfangled molecular dishes that Lagarde so vehemently despises."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Josh Bell

5 90%

A Most Wanted Man (2014)

"The details aren't always compelling enough to compensate for the movie's slow pace, but they build to a satisfyingly bleak conclusion. "

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Josh Bell

6 60%

Lucy (2014)

"In overselling his movie's supposed intelligence, Besson just makes it look even stupider."

Posted Jul 24, 2014

Josh Bell

7 77%

You're the Worst: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" It feels like a more balanced dramedy, as much about chronicling the lives of mid-20s hipsters as it is about the development of the central romance. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Josh Bell

8 56%

Married: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Married is filled with recognizable comedic performers, which makes it even more disappointing that it just isn't very funny. "

Posted Jul 17, 2014

Josh Bell

9 97%

Life Itself (2014)

"For critics, Ebert's greatness is a given, but Life Itself doesn't do enough to reach beyond that."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Josh Bell

10 44%

Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014)

"Dull, predictable and flat, with decent animation but lifeless characters and a perfunctory narrative."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Josh Bell

11 57%

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

"DeMonaco expands on his ideas a bit, but most of the potentially fruitful explorations are eventually tossed aside in favor of more firefights and foot chases."

Posted Jul 16, 2014

Josh Bell

12 24%

Third Person (2014)

"Even when Haggis seems to acknowledge that he actually has nothing to say, he does so in the most obnoxious, smug way he can."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Josh Bell

13 91%

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

"Dawn is admirable for its efforts to tell a completely new story infused with social commentary, but those efforts too often amount to very little."

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Josh Bell

14 87%

The Strain: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" As a delivery system for nasty gore, The Strain is a success, but as a sweeping story of the end of days, it's pretty underwhelming. "

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Josh Bell

15 95%

Snowpiercer (2014)

"The political message of Snowpiercer is delivered without much finesse, but Bong succeeds in other ways."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Josh Bell

16 49%

Earth to Echo (2014)

"Kids may not realize how blandly derivative Earth to Echo is, but their parents, at least, should know better."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Josh Bell

17 24%

Tammy (2014)

"It's hard to see what qualifies this modest, meandering comedy as a passion project."

Posted Jul 3, 2014

Josh Bell

18 69%

The Leftovers: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" More frustrating is the show's relentlessly bleak, unpleasant tone, its grating characters and its almost pompous self-seriousness. "

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Josh Bell

19 66%

The German Doctor (2014)

"The gray visual palette matches the sedate tone of the film, which occasionally builds suspense but mostly unfolds too sleepily for any real excitement."

Posted Jun 26, 2014

Josh Bell

20 64%

The Last Ship: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The plotting is often suspenseful, but the characters are one-dimensional, and the dialogue is a mix of cheesy one-liners and cliched grandstanding. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Josh Bell

21 69%

Mystery Girls: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Can't we have nostalgia for stuff that was actually good to begin with? "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Josh Bell

22 57%

Tyrant: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The family dynamics make the show feel like a cross between Homeland and Dallas, and the soapier elements are often the most entertaining. "

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Josh Bell

23 54%

Jersey Boys (2014)

"Makes an infectious stage musical into just another showbiz biopic."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Josh Bell

24 25%

Think Like a Man Too (2014)

"An improvement only in that it doesn't feature a single reference to [Steve] Harvey's book."

Posted Jun 18, 2014

Josh Bell

25 43%

Words And Pictures (2014)

"Owen and Binoche are both strong actors, but they can't salvage this bran muffin of a movie."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Josh Bell

26 85%

22 Jump Street (2014)

"Pointing out the emptiness of a cash-in franchise sequel doesn't excuse that very same emptiness."

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Josh Bell

27 92%

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

"The plot is unfocused and jumbled, borrowing elements from other fantasy movies without bringing them together into a cohesive whole. "

Posted Jun 12, 2014

Josh Bell

28 63%

For No Good Reason (2014)

"The artist often doesn't even get to take center stage in his own movie."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Josh Bell

29 94%

Ida (2014)

"Pawlikowski unfolds the story quietly and deliberately, with stunning black and white cinematography giving the movie an austere, otherworldly feel."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Josh Bell

30 80%

The Fault In Our Stars (2014)

"Fault is, in many ways, a typical romantic melodrama, but it's delivered with some uncommon thoughtfulness and respect."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Josh Bell

31 90%

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

"Edge of Tomorrow is clever and even poignant during its first two-thirds."

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Josh Bell

32 49%

Maleficent (2014)

"Instead of replicating classic Disney magic, Maleficent feels more like one of the CGI-cluttered fairy tale retellings of recent years."

Posted May 30, 2014

Josh Bell

33 61%

Crossbones: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" A star like Malkovich deserves an impressive showcase for his first foray into series TV, but all he gets is second-rate summer filler. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Josh Bell

34 79%

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" So heavy-handed that it comes off as a little silly. "

Posted May 29, 2014

Josh Bell

35 33%

A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

"MacFarlane has upped his cinematic ambitions, but he's failed to improve his joke-crafting, his narrative sense or his acting."

Posted May 29, 2014

Josh Bell

36 70%

Labyrinth: Season 1 (TV, 2012)

" After two tedious installments, the vast conspiracy remains frustratingly vague. "

Posted May 22, 2014

Josh Bell

37 93%

The Normal Heart (2014)

"After the third or fourth time Ned starts screaming about the same injustices, it becomes all too easy to tune him out."

Posted May 22, 2014

Josh Bell

38 88%

Chef (2014)

"The shapeless story takes way too long to get to Carl's big moment of change, and the tension in both his professional and personal lives feels forced."

Posted May 22, 2014

Josh Bell

39 83%

Belle (2014)

"Finds its strongest moments in making the personal political (and vice versa)."

Posted May 22, 2014

Josh Bell

40 92%

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Both a satisfying capstone for the series so far and a solid starting point for future installments."

Posted May 22, 2014

Josh Bell

41 89%

Locke (2014)

"Hardy's strong performance holds the movie together, but after nearly 90 minutes in the car with him, it's a bit of a relief when the ride is over."

Posted May 14, 2014

Josh Bell

42 61%

Million Dollar Arm (2014)

"In its efforts to inspire, the true story eventually comes off as phony."

Posted May 14, 2014

Josh Bell

43 74%

Godzilla (2014)

"The movie's final battle is pretty awe-inspiring, even if the plight of the human characters is never half as interesting as the showdown between Godzilla and his prey."

Posted May 14, 2014

Josh Bell

44 31%

Rosemary's Baby: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" The creators of this show are shooting for a timeless horror classic, but they end up with something more along the lines of 666 Park Avenue. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Josh Bell

45 79%

Penny Dreadful: Season 1 (TV, 2014)

" Wildly silly. "

Posted May 8, 2014

Josh Bell

46 73%

Neighbors (2014)

"The laughs are pretty thin, and the war between the grown-ups and the frat boys doesn't so much build to a climax as dissipate indifferently."

Posted May 8, 2014

Josh Bell

47 84%

24: Live Another Day (TV, 2014)

" For fans who stuck around for all eight original seasons, Live Another Day offers more of what they loved. For everyone else, there's no reason to start now. "

Posted May 1, 2014

Josh Bell

48 77%

Bethlehem (2014)

"The movie loses momentum when the strong central duo gets split up, undermining both the suspense and the emotional center of the story."

Posted May 1, 2014

Josh Bell

49 53%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Manages to be just as forgettable as its predecessor, with a poorly paced story built around two lackluster villains and an underserved central love story."

Posted Apr 30, 2014

Josh Bell

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