V.26 No.26 | 6/29/2017
Consistency and kindness reign at St. Clair
Balance seems to be what St. Clair is good at. Their restaurant is upscale without feeling out-of-bounds when you're dressed down, the staff is knowledgeable about the wine list without sounding snobbish, and the food is refined without the price tag.
Sam Elliott’s fictional career looks suspiciously like his real one in slow-going indie drama
In The Hero, what aims to be a self-referential, self-deprecating, late-career look back at regret ends up as a frustratingly predictable film with an overqualified, underutilized star standing front-and-center.
V.26 No.25 | 6/22/2017
Catch the Pizza Bug
Blue Grasshopper has serious pizza and scads of beer
Blue Grasshopper Brewpub on the West Side invented neither beer nor pizza, but does a damn fine job at serving up both to the sweaty Burqueños who crawl into its cool, dark depths.
Sentimental and scenic, trilogy-ending sports flick cruises to the finish line
Cars 3 is no ironclad Pixar classic but it is a well made film that delivers more or less the same sentimental moral as the original and Larry the Cable Guy is hardly in this one at all.
V.26 No.24 | 6/15/2017
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El Portal de la Percepción
Monica’s is the door to delicious
The food at Monica’s El Portal Restaurant resembles and tastes like home-cooked New Mexican fare more than any of the other dozen or so diners August March has visited in the past year.
Paris Can Wait
Rambling romantic trip to Paris should have taken the bullet train
Paris Can Wait is exactly the sort of pretty, pseudo-exotic, post-menopausal romance you’d expect a wealthy, film-obsessed octogenarian to make in conjunction with Lifetime Films.
V.26 No.23 | 6/8/2017
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Beans, Burritos and Office Space
Acapulco will make you want to stay forever
At Acapulco you will find masterfully crafted classics that you might not have realized you were missing so badly.
My Cousin Rachel
Love, marriage and maybe murder in merry olde England
Between My Cousin Rachel's intriguing opening and its punchy ending, the nuanced script and subtle direction successfully elevate du Maurier’s self-consciously old-fashioned source material.
Memory Rendered into Poetry
Jacqueline Woodson's visit and her novel, Another Brooklyn
In Another Brooklyn, two-parts poetry and one-part prose, it's not just the story that resonates, but the knack that Jacqueline Woodson has for infusing the world she creates with the contemplativeness that comes with her earnest poetry.
V.26 No.22 | 6/1/2017
Ride the Wave
Hello Poké is cool, fresh and filling
Rare is the joint that delivers take-away that is focused on a vibrantly fresh and healthy meal. Enter Hello Poké, riding a giant wave of foodie enthusiasm for one of Hawaii’s proudest dishes.
The Wedding Plan
Israeli romantic comedy eschews romance and comedy, but still finds sympathy for its undaunted heroine
The Wedding Plan never fully convinces as a romantic comedy but has a certain charm and velocity that’s hard to escape.
V.26 No.21 | 5/25/2017
Down Home at The Farmacy
Locally-sourced and expertly crafted daytime fare
With its locally-sourced fare and smart, cool vibes, the quiet and cozy Farmacy is the kind of place Albuquerque deserves as an option.
Married couple cheat on the cheaters they’re cheating with in admirably drab domestic dramedy
Yo Dawg, I heard you like cheating, so I put cheating in your cheating so you can cheat on your cheater.
V.26 No.20 | 5/18/2017
Finding Fractious Familiar
La Familar flummoxes foodie
A tale of two enchiladas at La Familiar, wherein August March laments the uncertainty of epicurean life, realizing that nothing is forever.
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Richard Gere commits to character in influence-peddling drama
If your attention span is sturdy enough and your interest in international business/Israeli politics strong enough to get you through a swamp of wordy details, Norman is worth catching for the committed character work of Richard Gere.