Josh Bell

Josh Bell
Tomatometer-approved critic
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
Location: Las Vegas

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/4 33% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) The scares are basic and underwhelming, and there's no mounting sense of dread to the danger that the family is supposedly facing. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
3.5/5 90% Missing Link (2019) For the most part, Missing Link is lively and fun. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 84% Her Smell (2019) Becky is her own unique entity, and Perry and Moss (in their third film together) make her completely unforgettable. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
1.5/5 46% Little (2019) It plays like, well, a movie conceived by a 10-year-old. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
58% Pet Sematary (2019) It captures some genuinely unsettling moments, and it builds to an ending that's both darker and pulpier than the original. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
2/4 90% Shazam! (2019) The movie's one joke gets old quickly, and what's left is a slow, underwhelming superhero story, along with some equally slow family drama. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Lelio has created a cover version of his previous film, and in the process he's managed to give it new life. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2.5/5 47% Dumbo (2019) It's a smart branding exercise for both Burton and Disney, but it exhibits about as much soul and passion as V.A. Vandevere's Dreamland. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
94% Us (2019) Its unrelenting creepiness is more than enough to cement Peele's position as a master horror filmmaker. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
1.5/4 33% Wonder Park (2019) Surprisingly morbid, with a severe lack of wonder. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
3.5/5 78% Captain Marvel (2019) A movie that could have been bold and iconic, but instead settles for good enough. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
2/4 77% Never Look Away (2019) The characters at its core remain inert, swept along on the tide of history without making much of an impact either on the course of their nation or on the viewer watching it all unfold. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) It's just more dull busy work for the humans and dragons to move past. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
2.5/4 68% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Even when the plotting is shaky, Rothe's fantastic performance sells every twist and turn in Tree's journey. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3/5 86% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Lord and Miller once again prove that they can take the most unlikely corporate assignment and turn it into something delightful. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
2.5/5 71% Lords of Chaos (2019) As the story turns darker, more churches burn and the violent acts escalate, the tone falters. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
3.5/5 71% Piercing (2019) All the way through the abrupt, cheeky final line, the audience is rooting equally for the main characters to kill each other and to fall in love. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Demonstrates the same warmth and humor as Cornish's previous film, along with a throwback style that recalls 1980s-era tween pulp adventures like The Goonies. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) The pleasures of the film come mainly from its gentler moments, as Coogan and Reilly expertly re-enact the dynamic between the two veteran performers. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
37% Glass (2019) It's an awkward conclusion to a trilogy that started out with great promise, which in a way makes it perfect for the Shyamalan brand. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
2/5 41% The Upside (2019) The aggressively uplifting messages and bonding between two unlikely friends come off as phony as the green-screened view of New York City from Phillip's penthouse balcony. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/4 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) It's perfectly adequate as a feel-good rallying cry, even if it's cinematically pedestrian, dramatically forgettable and politically unsophisticated. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) It's impossible to watch these tender, fragile, indomitable characters and not empathize with their experience, whether that's falling in love or facing injustices that persist to this day. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/4 66% Vice (2018) McKay doesn't have to sympathize with Cheney in order to make an interesting movie about him, but Vice has virtually no insights about its title character. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
2/4 79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Marshall and his team painstakingly recreate, and in some cases re-enact, elements of the beloved classic, but Returns has a sense of forced nostalgia, often more cloying than charming. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 65% Aquaman (2018) Sure, it's memorable, but it's far too unwieldy to be effective. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 92% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Pawlikowksi condenses the entire world into the connection between these two flawed, beautiful people. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
92% Bumblebee (2018) The movie features such a charming coming-of-age story that it's sort of a shame it has to incorporate so much Transformers mythology. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
27% Mortal Engines (2018) Rather than the opening chapter of a grand, new saga, it's a hyperactive dead end. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
2/4 91% Maria By Callas (2018) Volf clearly hangs on Callas' every word and gesture, but moviegoers who don't share his unquestioning adoration may not be nearly as fascinated. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) When the story eventually takes a turn for sensational, Kore-eda keeps the action low-key, emphasizing the emotional responses of the family members rather than the external forces that close in around them. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2018
2/4 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Rather than breaking (or wrecking) the internet, this movie just sort of indifferently pokes at it. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/5 84% Creed II (2018) The story's progression is largely predictable, but the filmmakers handle it with seriousness and care, making time for character development on both sides of the monumental fight. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) If Rowling is determined to extend and expand her Wizarding World indefinitely, she's going to need to do better than these tedious and absurdly detailed footnotes. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/5 81% Instant Family (2018) Both the parents and the kids are completely insufferable and unsympathetic, and their moments of bonding and joy are as unconvincing as the strained moments of wacky comedy. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
3/4 91% Widows (2018) What could have been a throwaway thriller ends up as a smart and involving drama -- that's still completely thrilling. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) Plays out like nearly every other story of drug addiction, with a repetitive sobriety-and-relapse structure that ceases to be illuminating after the second time. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
3.5/5 91% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Ballad may not be a TV series, but if the Coens wanted to open that fake book back up and spin some more yarns, more episodes would be welcome. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
58% The Grinch (2018) Even a handful of funny line deliveries from Thompson can't really justify all the extra padding. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
2.5/5 33% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) This awkward movie is rarely exciting or funny, and uses a visual assault as compensation for a disjointed, uninteresting plot. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
1.5/4 61% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Even as a celebration of Queen's music, Rhapsody is superficial and unconvincing, functioning only as a collection of mediocre music videos. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
3.5/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino and Kajganich have taken Argento's abstract fairy tale and grounded it in reality, while keeping it just as lush and overwhelmingly strange. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
1.5/5 36% Johnny English Strikes Again (2018) While Atkinson remains limber, most of the humor hasn't aged nearly as well. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
2.5/5 47% The Song of Sway Lake (2018) The movie seems lost in its own haze of ethereal confusion. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3/5 80% Halloween (2018) A perfectly respectable addition to the Halloween franchise, an improvement over many of the disreputable sequels and a far better return for Curtis than H20 was. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2.5/4 97% The Hate U Give (2018) Even though it belabors some of its points, the movie as a whole makes an effective and lasting emotional impact. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/4 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) The more that Goddard reveals about his characters and their true motivations, the less interesting the movie becomes. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Gyllenhaal's fantastic performance makes every decision completely believable, keeping Lisa a sympathetic character even when she's methodically ruining her own life. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 71% Hold the Dark (2018) Consistently suffused with eerie atmosphere, thanks to the stark (and gorgeously shot) locations, the sparse but sometimes quasi-mystical dialogue, and the strong performances. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2018
1.5/4 76% Smallfoot (2018) Has a slick, anonymous style that seems designed to smooth out anything potentially distinctive or memorable. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018