The Inlander (Spokane, WA)

The Inlander (Spokane, WA) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Josh Bell
Rating Title/Year Author
3/4 Thunder Road (2018) Josh Bell Witnessing [Jim's] struggle is difficult but rewarding. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2019
3/4 Midsommar (2019) Josh Bell It's a sort of cathartic ritual, in which the characters and the audience are equally unwitting participants. EDIT
Posted Jul 4, 2019
2/4 Dark Phoenix (2019) Josh Bell [Kinberg's] attempt at redemption only highlights how far he still falls short. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
3/4 Long Shot (2019) Josh Bell Smarter and warmer than the typical studio rom-com, showing two serious, multifaceted people coming together in mutual respect -- and a surprising amount of genuine sweetness and passion. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/4 The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Josh Bell The scares are basic and underwhelming, and there's no mounting sense of dread to the danger that the family is supposedly facing. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
2/4 Shazam! (2019) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/4 Gloria Bell (2018) Josh Bell Lelio has created a cover version of his previous film, and in the process he's managed to give it new life. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
1.5/4 Wonder Park (2019) Josh Bell Surprisingly morbid, with a severe lack of wonder. EDIT
Posted Mar 14, 2019
2/4 Never Look Away (2018) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
2.5/4 Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Josh Bell Even when the plotting is shaky, Rothe's fantastic performance sells every twist and turn in Tree's journey. EDIT
Posted Feb 14, 2019
2.5/4 The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2019
2.5/4 Stan & Ollie (2018) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/4 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Josh Bell It's perfectly adequate as a feel-good rallying cry, even if it's cinematically pedestrian, dramatically forgettable and politically unsophisticated. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/4 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
2/4 Vice (2018) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 27, 2018
2/4 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 Aquaman (2018) Josh Bell Sure, it's memorable, but it's far too unwieldy to be effective. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/4 Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words (2017) Josh Bell Volf clearly hangs on Callas' every word and gesture, but moviegoers who don't share his unquestioning adoration may not be nearly as fascinated. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
2/4 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Josh Bell Rather than breaking (or wrecking) the internet, this movie just sort of indifferently pokes at it. EDIT
Posted Nov 21, 2018
3/4 Widows (2018) Josh Bell What could have been a throwaway thriller ends up as a smart and involving drama -- that's still completely thrilling. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
2/4 Beautiful Boy (2018) Josh Bell 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
1.5/4 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Josh Bell Even as a celebration of Queen's music, Rhapsody is superficial and unconvincing, functioning only as a collection of mediocre music videos. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018
2.5/4 The Hate U Give (2018) Josh Bell Even though it belabors some of its points, the movie as a whole makes an effective and lasting emotional impact. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
2/4 Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Josh Bell The more that Goddard reveals about his characters and their true motivations, the less interesting the movie becomes. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2018
1.5/4 Smallfoot (2018) Josh Bell Has a slick, anonymous style that seems designed to smooth out anything potentially distinctive or memorable. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2018
2/4 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Josh Bell Anybody following Moore online over the last couple of years could probably have compiled most of this movie themselves. EDIT
Posted Sep 20, 2018
2/4 The Predator (2018) Josh Bell The simplicity of an implacable alien hunter tracking down its human prey gets lost under a whole lot of noisy chatter and incoherent action movie nonsense. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2018
2/4 Puzzle (2018) Josh Bell It's all pretty low-stakes stuff, and director Marc Turtletaub presents it in a subdued manner that often drains the urgency from even the most dramatic moments. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2018
2.5/4 Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Josh Bell Crazy Rich Asians delivers an unabashedly glamorous love story, with a predictable but mostly satisfying narrative arc and plenty of entertaining, likable characters. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/4 The Meg (2018) Josh Bell Uneven and choppy, The Meg is certainly no Jaws, but at least it's no Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre, either. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2018
2.5/4 BlacKkKlansman (2018) Josh Bell The story's inherent outrageousness is more than enough to grab audiences' attention without Lee adding an extra layer of shock value. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2018
2.5/4 Teen Titans GO! to the Movies (2018) Josh Bell The characters and the tone are so affable and engaging that the movie is never less than pleasant to watch. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 Mission: Impossible -- Fallout (2018) Josh Bell Fallout continues the series' tradition of making every choice count. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2018
3/4 Leave No Trace (2018) Josh Bell All of the movie's relationships, even those that last for a single scene, are quietly affecting. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2018
2.5/4 Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Josh Bell Frank and Sam are lovely people to spend 90 minutes with; you just might not remember much about them afterward. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2018
2.5/4 Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018) Josh Bell It keeps things small-scale and low-key, and for the most part turns out better for it. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2018
2.5/4 American Animals (2018) Josh Bell The combination of the two approaches is ambitious and daring and often exciting to watch, but like the bold and foolhardy crime it depicts, the end result is a bit of a mess. EDIT
Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/4 Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Josh Bell [Neville] knows how to craft a story, to get out of the way of his subjects and let them share their insights and anecdotes. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2018
2/4 Tag (2018) Josh Bell Mildly pleasant but entirely forgettable. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2018
2.5/4 Incredibles 2 (2018) Josh Bell The characters accomplish pretty much the same things that they accomplished in the first movie, just on a slightly larger scale, and the same goes for the filmmakers. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2018
3/4 Ocean's 8 (2018) Josh Bell Like its con artist characters, it keeps you entertained while taking your money. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
2.5/4 Hereditary (2018) Josh Bell Has enough memorably disturbing images to stick in viewers' minds without any explanation needed. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2018
3/4 Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Josh Bell As long as it sticks to that straightforward action-adventure premise, Solo is a blast. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2018
2/4 Deadpool 2 (2018) Josh Bell It mostly just puts a loud, explosion-filled gloss on the same few jokes. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2018
2.5/4 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Josh Bell There is plenty of time for huge superhero battles, though, and for the geek-out moments that fans will go crazy for. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2018