Josh Bell

Josh Bell is a freelance writer and movie/TV critic based in Las Vegas who covers sci-fi cinema for Inverse with a weekly column recommending lesser-known films to watch online. He's the former film editor of Las Vegas Weekly and has written about movies and pop culture for Syfy Wire, Polygon, CBR, Film Racket, Crooked Marquee, and more. With comedian Jason Harris, he co-hosts the podcast Awesome Movie Year.

Retrospective

Zombies Used to do More Than Eat Brains, and Wes Craven Showed Us How Scary Their Masters Could Be

Forget George Romero -- Craven's take on zombies recalls something more primal and real.

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Wednesday has become a smash hit, but it owes much of its success to its ‘90s predecessor

Apparently, you can’t tell an Addams Family story without a dance scene.

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How Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds made a shockingly good Alien ripoff

This take on the claassic is shamelessly derivative and totally thrilling.

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Sick of Marvel? This understated thriller provides a refreshing take on superheroes

This Blumhouse production perfectly combines superhero action, coming-of-age drama and, of course, street magic.

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James Cameron already made the greatest sci-fi action sequel of all time

No matter how Avatar: The Way of Water turns out, this 1991 movie secured Cameron's place in cinema history.

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If you’re tired of sprawling superhero franchises, a Netflix indie has the antidote

Forget cinematic universes. Sit down for a fascinating and heartfelt standalone superhero story.

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Steven Soderbergh’s only sci-fi movie is better than you remember

The filmmaking icon proved himself a master of any genre with this 2002 film.

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You need to watch the most thrilling Star Trek movie on HBO Max ASAP

Out of all the Trek movies, this one set the stage for the mix of sci-fi ideas and action thrills that has since defined the franchise.

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25 years ago, Al Pacino made the wildest legal thriller of all time

This ludicrous 1997 film finds the perfect role for Al Pacino's scenery-chewing.

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You need to watch the grittiest dystopian movie of the century on Amazon Prime ASAP

Dredd provides a model that other comic book adaptations should follow.

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15 years ago, Rob Zombie’s best slasher movie did the impossible

This 2007 horror remake endures while others have been justifiably forgotten.

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You need to watch Tom Cruise’s most gravity-defying action thriller on Netflix ASAP

Brad Bird proved he was the perfect choice to direct a 'Mission: Impossible' movie with 'Ghost Protocol.'

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You need to watch the most underrated high-octane adventure on Netflix ASAP

Maybe the reason 'Last Action Hero' flopped is that it was radically ahead of its time.

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You need to watch the weirdest sci-fi movie of the century on Amazon Prime ASAP

If you think you want to watch a movie called 'The VelociPastor,' then you should definitely watch 'The VelociPastor.'

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You need to watch the most underrated sci-fi movie of 2021 on HBO Max ASAP

It got a bit lost amid more successful and acclaimed movies, but 'Ron's Gone Wrong' deserves a second look.

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