Contagion

(R) ★★☆☆☆

If you’ve ever wanted to see Gwyneth Paltrow die a horrible death, you’ll love Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion … for the first 10 minutes, anyway. The rest of this pandemic virus disaster flick falls flat, thanks to an overstuffed cast (Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Marion Cottilard) without much to do and a plot that’s more concerned with its complex intersections than with creating a real sense of fear.

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Ben Harper

By Craig Nyman

It was a true rock ’n’ roll show as the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter took to the outdoor stage overlooking the Strip. Backed by his band, Relentless7, Harper offered his distinctive vocals and funkified jam sessions. The packed poolside crowd swayed in unison as the 41-year-old segued from his latest single, “Rock ’n’ Roll is Free,” into “Diamonds on the Inside” before breaking into the soft and elegant “Masterpiece,” one of a few new tracks performed.

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