V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017
Oddball indie comedy looks at the dangers of nostalgia and the joys of fandom
Brigsby Bear is a bit too self-conscious of the dorkiness of its main character and of the hipster profundity in his Quixote-esque quest, but the overall intent is sincere and openhearted enough to overcome the script familiarities and character tropes.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017
Farm to Table at Farm & Table
A celebration, steeped in the agrarian history of the North Valley
Farm & Table is definitely upscale, with delicious surprises across the board and exacting detail to every dish, but still approachable enough for anyone’s special occasions.
Impolite BBC drama is bad romance at its best
Far too stark to call Gothic, way too bleak to call romantic, Lady Macbeth is a violent heartbreaker for those who prefer broken hearts to happy endings.
New Mexico After Dark
The high desert underworld of Buckskin Cocaine
There is a particular emotional distance with which each character is held, until the moment when zooming in close and revealing vulnerability will be most wrenching.
V.26 No.30 | 7/27/2017
Eric Williams Photography
The Squash of Thailand
Thai Boran’s unique menu holds some surprises
Josh Lee is overwhelmed by pumpkin curry at Thai Boran and then keeps eating and eating.
A Ghost Story
Minimalist tale of life and death may be saying something, but it’s keeping awfully quiet
A Ghost Story is self-consciously arty and aggressively dull. If you cut out the scenes in which nothing moves, nothing happens and no one speaks, the entire film would be about 10 minutes long.
V.26 No.29 | 7/20/2017
Eric Williams Photography
The Progress of the North
Garduños rules the Heights
August March enjoys Garduños as much as he did a third of a century ago.
Christopher Nolan goes to war in a heart-pounding, historical drama about victory in the jaws of defeat
Dunkirk expresses the panic, fear and sheer chaos of war better than just about any previous film.
V.26 No.28 | 7/13/2017
Flavor blooms at Mazaya Cafe
Mazaya excels in creating a wide variety of mouthwatering and intriguing flavors that keep you reaching for just one more bite.
The Little Hours
Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci are naughty nuns in oddball literary adaptation
The Little Hours is a send-up of the absurd idea of sin and that human beings can actually give up their sins of the flesh, but Jeff Baena’s attentions are focused on the fact that cursing, drunken, fornicating nuns are funny as hell.
V.26 No.27 | 7/6/2017
Take Me Home, Corrales Road
Bistro Brewery is the place where you belong
Hidden along Old Corrales Road are a few spots for rock-solid casual dining that are downright easy on the wallet—and Corrales Bistro Brewery is a prime example.
Edgar Wright takes an eclectic cast on a high-speed joyride with the stereo cranked to 11
Baby Driver isn’t all testosterone-fueled explosions and physics-defying stunts. It’s a gritty, guns-and-bullets character study done with panache, skill and a slice of humor.
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.