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The Bell Breakdown for your Feb. 26 weekend

Posted at 11:58 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 16:00:54-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Two very different options if you're looking for something to watch.

From an intimate glimpse into the life of a popular singer, to a supernatural horror film.

Film critic Josh Bell gives his take on his two picks in this week's Bell Breakdown.

First up this week is the documentary "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry," now streaming on Apple TV+. Pop star Billie Eilish gets the behind-the-scenes documentary treatment in this film from veteran documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler. It's an impressively intimate look at a star who's very forthcoming and vulnerable in her songs but tends to be private and elusive in the press. The filmmaker follows Billie Eilish at home with her family, as she records some of her biggest hits, and on tour as she plays larger and larger venues. He sticks with a candid, you-are-there approach, without any retrospective interviews or narration. At 140 minutes long, the movie is a bit excessive, but there are moments of insight and poignancy even for casual fans. That's "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry," now on Apple TV Plus.

On a very different note, the well-crafted horror movie "The Vigil" is now available for video on demand rental. Writer-director Keith Thomas proves that Jewish rituals can be just as scary as Christian ones. The Vigil packages some familiar horrors in a unique cultural setting, with the story of a young man who's left the insular Orthodox Jewish enclave in Brooklyn but is drawn back to sit vigil over a recently deceased Holocaust survivor. There are a lot of standard horror-movie mysterious noises and lurking apparitions and brief glimpses of a demon, all handled effectively. The movie tells a layered story about breaking free of an oppressive community while also delivering plenty of suspense and creepiness. That's "The Vigil", now on VOD.