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
C- 37% Primal (2019) Despite the "Cage vs. jaguar" hook that is being relied on to sell the movie, there isn't a whole lot of gnarly animal action. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
D No Score Yet Beyond the Law (2019) Seagal spends the majority of his screen time sitting down, and he only rouses himself for a few seconds at the end of the movie for something that could charitably be called an action sequence. - Crooked Marquee EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
3.5/5 83% Queen & Slim (2019) The movie is full of disappointment and fury at the state of the world, and it expresses that point of view bluntly but with style. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
50% 21 Bridges (2019) There's nothing distinctive about this B-level thriller, other than a star struggling to find his way to the A-list. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen II holds on to its artistic vision carefully, honoring its characters and its world while fumbling its way toward their next destination. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
2.5/5 65% The Good Liar (2019) Most of the story is too sedate to build up much excitement, and despite the glee with which McKellen and Mirren deliver their juiciest lines, the characters aren't interesting enough to either cheer on or despise. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
3/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) The movie is slick and crowd-pleasing, a very American story of capitalist-driven ingenuity, and it rarely goes beyond its surface pleasures. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
2.5/5 47% Last Christmas (2019) [Feig] plays this one disappointingly straight, delivering a generic but sometimes charming holiday tale. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
2/5 43% Midway (2019) The situation is pretty dire if Emmerich can't even get the explosions right. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2019
3/5 61% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Norton's ambition is impressive, and there are just enough intriguing characters, suspenseful sequences and fascinating period details to mostly hold the movie together. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) It's a consistently entertaining action movie with some solid performances and special effects, and unlike the last two movies, it doesn't do any damage to the franchise. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 73% Sunday Girl (2019) The movie's structure, abruptly shifting into lengthy flashbacks, is disjointed and awkward, and the jarring cuts, while perhaps meant to be funny or surprising, are mostly just confusing. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3.5/5 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) The jokey first half lets the more serious second half sneak up on the audience, and some of the most devastating moments work because they immediately follow laughter. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
2.5/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) The story aims to compete with the Jason Bourne or Mission: Impossible franchises, but comes closer to those '90s action movies featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme acting opposite himself. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
69% Joker (2019) Phillips' Joker doesn't have the depth or clarity of vision to match up to its star's performance. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
3.5/5 83% Judy (2019) Judy feels raw and real, a messy portrait of a woman who was under constant pressure to embody glamorous perfection. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
2.5/5 80% Abominable (2019) Inoffensive and forgettable, the kind of thing that parents can nap through while their kids spend half the time watching it and half the time fidgeting in their seats. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
84% Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra is stately, meticulous and largely dull, with a kind of stale classicism that replicates the rhythms but not the vitality of past visionaries. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
3/5 67% Human Capital (2019) The talented cast does solid work, most of them finding hidden depths in these generally privileged, self-centered people. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
2/5 61% The Riot Act (2018) Parks aims admirably high, refusing to be constrained by budget or technical limitations, but his ambition consistently outstrips his abilities. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
2/5 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) Estes seems almost ashamed of the supernatural elements of his movie, focusing instead on dull crime-solving details, even though the central case is sloppily constructed and full of holes. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
89% Ready or Not (2019) Often suspenseful, turning laughs into tension within the space of a single edit. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3.5/5 89% Blinded by the Light (2019) Javed's unabashed fandom should win over even the most hardened skeptic. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2/5 80% Good Boys (2019) The humor and the heart all fall to the young stars to carry, but the adults behind the camera only give them the bare minimum to work with. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
2.5/5 70% The VelociPastor (2019) A haphazard mess no matter how self-aware it is about its own stupidity. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2019
2/5 44% The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019) The cheap tearjerking ploys are just as phony as the idea of a talking, philosophizing dog. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
2.5/5 84% Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Struggles to balance its toddler-focused origins with the demands of blockbuster filmmaking, mostly landing in an awkward middle ground. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
22% The Kitchen (2019) Just another derivative crime drama, regardless of its time period or the gender of its lead characters. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
No Score Yet Chris Hardwick: Mandroid (2012) Mandroid plays like a victory lap rather than the first major special from a cult-favorite comedian, and anyone not already on Hardwick's wavelength will probably find little to draw them in. - The Spit Take EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
2/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) A CGI-filled behemoth, with little weight or impact to its monotonous action sequences. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/4 96% Thunder Road (2018) Witnessing [Jim's] struggle is difficult but rewarding. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
100% Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (2013) While some of his relationship material is familiar, a lot of the perspective he offers in his new Netflix special Buried Alive is unique while also being immediately relatable. - The Spit Take EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
3.5/5 93% Sword of Trust (2019) Mostly this movie is just about putting some talented, funny people together and letting them riff. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
42% Stuber (2019) As their ordeal drags on, Vic and Stu come to appreciate each other's strengths, but audiences are less likely to feel the same goodwill toward either of them. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/4 83% Midsommar (2019) It's a sort of cathartic ritual, in which the characters and the audience are equally unwitting participants. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2019
3/5 63% Yesterday (2019) Yesterday fulfills its modest ambitions with warmth and gentle humor. It wouldn't, however, make any impact if it were magically erased from existence. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Along the way, it works as a warm and funny high-school dramedy, an exciting action-adventure, and an old-fashioned superhero/supervillain battle. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
2/5 32% Shaft (2019) Jackson and director Tim Story help turn a beloved icon into a crass cartoon. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
23% Men in Black International (2019) The effects may look amazing, but none of the wit has carried over. - CBR EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
2/4 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) [Kinberg's] attempt at redemption only highlights how far he still falls short. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
2/5 59% The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) Kids will probably laugh at the poop and fart jokes and clamor for merchandise featuring the animal characters, but Secret Life 2 doesn't teach them anything valuable or achieve any emotional resonance. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
2/5 33% Domino (2019) It's just another dull, rote straight-to-video thriller, and that's the worst thing a talent like De Palma could possibly make. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
2/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) The monster battles aren't worth much if they're murky, indistinguishable smudges of CGI. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 97% Booksmart (2019) Easily takes its place in the overall pantheon of teen comedies. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
2/5 50% A Dog's Journey (2019) Bailey remains annoyingly dim and hyperactive, and Gad's voice performance is still cutesy and cloying. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/4 81% Long Shot (2019) 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. - The Inlander (Spokane, WA) EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2019
1.5/4 29% 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 89% 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 83% 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 47% Little (2019) It plays like, well, a movie conceived by a 10-year-old. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019