V.26 No.18 | 5/4/2017
A Citizen of World Cuisine
Pars balances the exotic and the comfortable
The next time you and your friends are hungry for anything but the same old thing, step into Pars Cuisine, and step out of the ordinary—comfortable in the knowledge that it'll probably be a lot more familiar than you thought.
Unsettling Japanese horror-hybrid knows how to make skin crawl
Creepy makes the most of its long-simmering atmosphere of tension and dread, shying away from clear psychological and supernatural resolutions, to provide enough unwholesome suggestions to make you look askance at your fellow man.
V.26 No.17 | 4/27/2017
Gritty urban horror-drama contemplates the sad life of a vampire wannabe
Michael O’Shea’s savvy, self-conscious debut film, The Transfiguration, is best exerting its queasy magnetism on lovers of art-house horror, who will appreciate its subtle manipulations of the overworked vampire genre.
Light and Color
MAYA “Latin infusion” cuisine is zesty
There is a vast amount of skill harbored in MAYA's kitchen, but consistency is everything.
V.26 No.16 | 4/20/2017
Baca Boys in the Barrio
Lost and found in Burque’s Downtown
August March could could not believe what an epicurean turn-on the aroma at Baca Boys Cafe evoked in him.
V.26 No.15 | 4/13/2017
Mountains of Chow
Fresh food—and a lot of it—at Fareast Fuzion
Fareast Fuzion overwhelms. Leave with bellies full of tasty food and hearts full of misplaced pride. (Pride that even though you didn't make the food, you made the decision to order the food.)
Dramedy about brains will hit you in the feels
Gifted is a calculated film, to be sure. Emotions will be manipulated, tears will be jerked. But it’s such a sweet-natured story, filled with such likable people, that it’s hard to remain cynical.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
For Your Consideration …
Delish is a name and a descriptor
For a quality breakfast or lunch with stark attention to detail, local sourcing and even artistic presentation, Delish absolutely delivers.
Hugely popular Japanese anime explodes on American shores
Your Name is the sort of enjoyable, easy-to-access gateway drug that could introduce a whole new audience to the art of anime.
Midwestern Horror Mise en Scène
Universal Harvester falls short of its promise
Universal Harvester, despite its amazing jacket design and intriguing concepts, fails to ever pull the reader in fully.
V.26 No.13 | 3/30/2017
Fun with Mary Jane
Coors Cafe is classic
The cook at Coors Cafe must've learned his art from Paula Deen, and in my opinion he's a hero. This little brown café is awesome.
The Boss Baby
Weirdly conceived kiddy cartoon bogs down in confusing mythology
The bones of an interesting story are scattered throughout the film, but The Boss Baby is a convoluted idea with no coherent narrative and too many butt jokes.
V.26 No.12 | 3/23/2017
Sugar and Spice
And almost everything nice at Le Bistro
Everything at Le Bistro is of the highest quality, each singular ingredient living up to a high standard.
Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation
The humor employed here is angry and uncomfortable (and frequently quite funny, if you’re so inclined), but the script stops short of plumbing the crushing, existential loneliness at the center of it all.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
The Sense of an Ending
Modest British drama pits the past against the present, but neither one is really that big a deal
The Sense of an Ending features some subtle performances and an intrigue-filled setup, but squanders much of its potential with a too-teasing narrative and an inability to pay off properly in the end.