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Josh Bell

Josh Bell
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2/5 42% xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Diesel already has one blockbuster franchise built on explosions, nonsensical plotting and makeshift families; asking for another one is really pushing his luck. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 20, 2017
4/5 90% 20th Century Women (2017) Mills has crafted a loving tribute to the women in his life, and all three of Jamie's would-be maternal figures are fascinating, fully realized characters. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 18, 2017
3.5/5 76% Split (2017) It retains the same scrappy B-movie charm, telling a sometimes familiar horror story with confidence and a surprising amount of depth. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 18, 2017
3/5 82% The Founder (2017) It succeeds most in exploring how business ambitions can ruin craft and ingenuity. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 18, 2017
2/5 15% Sleepless (2017) Both Las Vegas and the movie's overqualified cast deserve better. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 14, 2017
3.5/5 34% Live By Night (2017) It's a worthy addition to Affleck's Boston crime canon. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 12, 2017
2.5/5 79% Patriots Day (2017) The movie becomes more about its own heroism than the people who lived through the harrowing events. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 11, 2017
3.5/5 88% Elle (2016) A fascinating and unexpected character study, balancing playful titillation with serious questions that linger long after the final inscrutable moment. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 11, 2017
2.5/5 87% A Monster Calls (2017) Handles a delicate subject with clumsy bluster. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2/5 92% Hidden Figures (2017) A movie about great people is not the same thing as a great movie. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Jan 5, 2017
2.5/5 85% The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) Once the movie shifts from looming dread to outright horror, it loses most of its elegance. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 29, 2016
2.5/5 95% Fences (2016) Feels entirely stage-bound and artificial, with set design and performances that might make sense for live theater, but which feel stilted and ineffective onscreen. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 22, 2016
1.5/5 17% Assassin's Creed (2016) The cast members probably deserve some kind of special Oscar for their straight-faced delivery of such ludicrous dialogue. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2016
3.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) An impressionistic portrait that says more in images than in words. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/5 31% Passengers (2016) A compromised, sanitized mess that misses its mark in multiple genres. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2/5 70% Sing (2016) To paraphrase George Orwell, if you want a picture of the future of Hollywood animated movies, imagine a cartoon pig belting out a Taylor Swift song -- forever. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 20, 2016
2.5/5 79% Barry (2016) Too often it's only looking forward to a future the characters know nothing about. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2016
2/5 12% Collateral Beauty (2016) Howard never blames his partners for their emotional manipulation, and the movie expects the same unreasonable indulgence from its audience. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 14, 2016
3.5/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) If The Force Awakens was an exercise in giving Star Wars fans exactly what they want, Rogue One does its best to show them what else there is in the galaxy. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 13, 2016
2/5 42% Office Christmas Party (2016) Most of the movie feels like standing around at a social gathering where no one has anything interesting or clever to say. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 70% Miss Sloane (2016) Chastain is fiercely compelling as the ruthless, hyper-intelligent Sloane, but the need to drop periodic bombshells keeps her from building a fully realized character. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 93% The Eagle Huntress (2016) When Aisholpan stands on a ledge and uses a wild call to get her massive, dangerous bird to land calmly on her arm, it's hard not to smile and root for her. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2016
3/5 66% Frank & Lola (2016) The story may get a bit muddled, but Ross delivers a promising debut that marks him as a talent to watch. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 8, 2016
1.5/5 11% Man Down (2016) It's a cynical cheat for both the audience and the characters. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) [Huppert] manages to make Hansen-Løve's sometimes flat writing come alive at the right moments. ‐ Film Racket
Posted Dec 1, 2016
3.5/5 76% The Eyes of My Mother (2016) The movie's visual style is as haunting as its narrative. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Dec 1, 2016
2/5 54% Rules Don't Apply (2016) It's clear that Beatty is fascinated with Hughes, but the movie makes it tough to figure out what exactly the filmmaker wanted to say about this larger-than-life figure. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 24, 2016
3/5 95% Moana (2016) Crowd-pleasing and upbeat, an ideal movie for families to see together over the holiday weekend. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2/5 23% Bad Santa 2 (2016) The replacement filmmakers have gone straight for vulgarity and grossness without capturing the genuine subversion of the original. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 23, 2016
2.5/5 75% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Bob initially rose to fame thanks (of course) to YouTube videos, and he's probably still best appreciated in those small doses. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 17, 2016
2.5/5 71% Bleed For This (2016) Unremarkable, predictable and forgettable, slotting its real-life main character into a familiar formula. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 17, 2016
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) The humor and the heartbreak are equally affecting and real, making for the most satisfying American teen movie in years. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3/5 73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Doesn't make a strong case for itself as an essential addition, but it's an entertaining ride nonetheless. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 16, 2016
3.5/5 86% Christine (2016) As successful it is as a character study, the movie is also an effective look at the state of local TV news in the 1970s, with impeccable period detail. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 11, 2016
3.5/5 98% Moonlight (2016) A soulful, meditative character study of a character who doesn't even understand himself. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 9, 2016
2/5 91% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) Holm tugs so hard on the audience's heartstrings that they eventually wear out. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2016
3/5 90% Doctor Strange (2016) Entertaining and enjoyable even when it's formulaic and a bit underwhelming. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2.5/5 75% Trolls (2016) For kids entertained by bright colors and catchy music, it will be a great time-passer, although adults could end up with a slight headache. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson lays on the sentiment and the blood and guts in equal measure, and both drown out the genuine heroism of the true story. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Nov 3, 2016
2/5 19% Inferno (2016) The plot twists are both far-fetched and perfunctory, the performances are bland and the frenetic shooting style is ill-suited for the generally staid Howard. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 27, 2016
2.5/5 81% Denial (2016) When it sticks to facts and legal arguments, Denial has a certain pull, but as drama, it falls short. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 19% Keeping Up With The Joneses (2016) The actors are barely going through the motions, the screenplay is sloppily constructed, and the direction from the usually reliable Mottola is listless. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 20, 2016
2/5 37% Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016) So generic that it's hard to imagine anything about it having come from a clear artistic vision, let alone a series of 20-plus novels with a devoted fan base. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 20, 2016
3/5 76% Kevin Hart: What Now? (2016) What Now? may not represent the height of Hart's comedic cleverness, but it will no doubt appeal to his devoted and ever-growing fan base. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 14, 2016
3/5 53% Mascots (2016) It's familiar enough to be welcome and comforting, but often feels like a pale imitation of what the people involved created during their heyday. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2.5/5 79% American Honey (2016) The result is meandering and shapeless, but it has a bracing authenticity that's tough to dismiss completely. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 13, 2016
2/5 51% The Accountant (2016) The action is surrounded by increasingly far-fetched and clumsily delivered exposition. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 13, 2016
3/5 88% Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla) (2016) Anno succeeds in offering a new perspective on the decades-old franchise, without losing sight of what has made Godzilla endure for so many years. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 10, 2016
2.5/5 38% Come What May (2016) The movie has some nice quiet moments, but it lacks the emotional power necessary to make up for its slow pace. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 7, 2016
3/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Often powerful but just as often clumsy and heavy-handed. ‐ Las Vegas Weekly
Posted Oct 6, 2016