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
23% Iron Mask (2019) One hopes Chan and Schwarzenegger were well-compensated for lending their names to this disaster. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2020
3.5/5 94% Run (2020) Run is a smart, well-crafted thriller that knows exactly how to hold its audience's attention from beginning to end. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
68% Dreamland (2019) With its gorgeous cinematography, haunting score, careful pacing, evocative use of cross-cutting, and great performance from Margot Robbie, this is one of the best movies of 2020. - KTNV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
100% Blood from Stone (2020) The story is slow-moving but engaging, with a focus on character relationships, and strong acting from the main stars. - KTNV EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2020
28% Vanguard (2020) Fans of Chan's martial arts prowess and deft physical comedy will find very little to enjoy here. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2020
3/5 100% Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad (2020) Rom Boys is consistently entertaining to watch, and it's easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm that the subjects share for Rom and for skateboarding and BMX. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3.5/5 98% Wolfwalkers (2020) Wolfwalkers is wholly unique, retaining the refreshingly artisanal quality of Cartoon Saloon's work while delivering a fantasy story every bit as grand as anything created by a major studio. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) Most viewers will be too entertained to care too much about the plot holes or cheap fake-outs, and Landon takes advantage of the R rating to throw in plenty of nasty gore for horror fans. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
32% Echo Boomers (2020) Tries to be a rallying cry for unjustly maligned millennials, but the best it can muster for the frustrated generation is a pathetic self-own. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2020
C- 17% Dead Reckoning (2020) The romance is drippy and dull, there's no suspense to the slapdash thriller storyline, and the two elements fit together with the same clumsiness as the chemistry-free stars. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
B No Score Yet ASYLUM: Twisted Horror and Fantasy Tales (2020) As is typical for anthologies, the quality of the segments here is hit-or-miss, although the ratio skews positive enough to make it worthwhile. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
B- No Score Yet The Retreat (2019) Wemple effectively plays with the shifting barrier between visions and reality. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
C 20% My Summer as a Goth (2019) Johnson-Medinger demonstrates a Disney Channel-level sense of Goth culture in this cloying coming-of-age comedy about a teen girl's toxic romance with her corpse-painted neighbor. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
C 38% Chick Fight (2020) The silly jokes and the cheesy empowerment messages are both stale, and Akerman's boundless energy isn't enough to carry the thin story. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2020
3.5/5 90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Bertino never lets up on that terror, and the movie is all the more horrifying for its lack of explanation. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2020
69% Kindred (2020) Marcantonio and co-writer Jason McColgan build the tension slowly and methodically. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
55% Come Play (2020) Makes a bumpy transition from five-minute short to full-length feature, adding some clunky, sentimental family drama to its basic initial horror concept. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
100% His House (2020) May be more effective as an old-fashioned ghost story than as a work of politically aware horror. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
47% The Craft: Legacy (2020) The entire movie feels rushed, from its truncated character development to its underwhelming climax. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
C No Score Yet Emily and the Magical Journey (2020) It's hard to convey the necessary epic scope on such a small-scale production, when characters just wander around the same limited patches of wilderness. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
C+ 33% Darkness in Tenement 45 (2020) There are some timely, uncanny parallels between writer-director Nicole Groton's film and the ongoing pandemic situation, but Groton's storytelling is too clumsy to deliver any incisive social commentary. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
C No Score Yet Welcome to the Circle (2020) Relies on repetitive, meaningless mystical pronouncements and irritating characters who mostly just yell at each other. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
C 22% Friendsgiving (2020) A lot of funny people try very hard, only to generate meager laughs in writer-director Nicol Paone's feature debut. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2020
81% Synchronic (2020) Suffers from many of the same problems as [Benson and Moorhead's] previous movies, presenting an intriguing set-up and a disappointing follow-through. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
49% The Witches (2020) It feels less like a unique nightmare vision and more like something plastic and prefabricated, despite its muddled efforts to introduce an element of social commentary into Dahl's story. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
F No Score Yet Bad President (2020) The ugly sets are as flimsy as Rector's Trump impression, and at least one bit is stolen directly from Saturday Night Live. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
3/5 100% Chasing Einstein (2019) At its best, Chasing Einstein exhibits a kind of Herzogian curiosity about the wonders of the world and the strange, obsessive people who pursue them. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
3/5 74% Spark: A Burning Man Story (2013) As a documentary, Spark is slick and fast-paced, and the filmmakers give each interview subject enough time to make an impression without digging particularly deep. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
64% Bad Hair (2020) Despite its unevenness, Bad Hair is full of so many creative ideas and inventive touches that it's nearly always engaging. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2/5 75% Clouds (2020) Clouds follows a predictable cancer melodrama formula, and it presents Zach as such a saintly, self-sacrificing creative genius that it's hard to believe he was actually a real person. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
2.5/5 81% Trick 'r Treat (2007) Trick 'r Treat deserves points for avoiding cheap thrills and excessive gore, but its limited old-school charms are not nearly as impressive as its inflated reputation suggests. - Las Vegas Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
C+ No Score Yet Seized (2020) Seized is just good enough to make you wonder what Adkins and Florentine could pull off with a decent script and a decent budget. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2020
C 38% Tremors: Shrieker Island (2020) While it isn't a particularly good movie, it's a nice showcase for a character who has become an unlikely cinematic institution. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B- 83% The Opening Act (2020) Byrne's personal connection to the material shines through, and the stand-up scenes deliver genuine laughs. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
B 75% The More You Ignore Me (2018) It's a disjointed but affecting story with the emotional rush of a good pop song. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3.5/5 85% Yellow Rose (2020) More effective as the story of a shy young musician discovering her talent than as a drama about America's broken immigration system. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
1.5/5 29% The War with Grandpa (2020) As in a real war, there are no winners -- either among the characters, or in the audience. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
C 30% American Pie Presents: Girls' Rules (2020) There's none of the emotional core that carries the American Pie movies at their best, but at least no one gets anally raped by a moose. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
26% Books of Blood (2020) Braga seems to be reaching for a way to justify the adaptation as a feature film, but there's no thematic unity to the stories, and the bland, TV-level presentation never captures the weird horror tone of Barker's stories. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
43% The Lie (2020) It's a portentous dud that ends by jeering at its own audience for wasting their time with it. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
3/5 92% Give or Take (2020) Offers enough variations on a familiar set-up to feel unique and authentic. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2020
3.5/5 86% On The Rocks (2020) Spending 90 minutes with Laura and Felix is a wonderful experience, even if the story doesn't amount to much and the themes rarely delve below the surface. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
3.5/5 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Within the framework of a relatively familiar story about an assassin who gets too close to her target, Cronenberg delivers visceral horror and a bleak meditation on the nature of identity. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2020
C 40% The Rising Hawk (2019) This would-be historical epic, inspired by a classic of Ukrainian literature, aims to be the country's version of Braveheart or 300, but ends up closer to a cheesy American B-movie. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C 40% Let's Scare Julie (2020) Cremata throws in a late-breaking, half-formed anti-bullying message, which just makes his movie feel more like a school presentation rather than an intense thriller. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C 40% Alien Addiction (2020) The plotting is choppy, the comedy is simplistic and rarely funny, and the human characters are mostly annoying. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
C- 64% She's in Portland (2020) It's the cinematic equivalent of a polo shirt with a popped collar. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
55% Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (2020) The screenplay tries to sell the audience on a vast world of heroes and villains, but all director Anna Mastro has to work with is a Canadian college campus and a few dark blue jumpsuits. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
88% Jay Sebring: Cutting to the Truth (2020) DiMaria understands the prurient interest that may draw viewers to stories like this, but once he has their attention, he presents them with a thorough, heartfelt tribute to his uncle's life and talent. - Eat More Art EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
2/5 28% Antebellum (2020) It's provocative and striking at first, but ultimately can't use its hot-button concept to say anything meaningful. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020