review


V.26 No.18 | 5/4/2017

Restaurant Review

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.
Creepy

Film Review

Creepy

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
The Transfiguration

Film Review

The Transfiguration

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.

Restaurant Review

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

Restaurant Review

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

Restaurant Review

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.)
Gifted

Film Review

Gifted

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

Restaurant Review

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.
Your Name

Film Review

Your Name

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.
Universal Harvester

Book Review

Midwestern Horror Mise en Scène

Universal Harvester falls short of its promise

Universal Harvester

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

Restaurant Review

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

Film Review

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

Restaurant Review

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.
“What do you mean, you’ve never seen White Men Can’t Jump?”

Film Review

Wilson

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

Film Review

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.