review


V.27 No.10 | 3/8/2018
A Fantastic Woman

Film Review

A Fantastic Woman

Chilean drama examines grief and gender

A Fantastic Woman is a tiny character study of a film with an almost gut-wrenching impact.

The House of Broken Angels

Book Review

Magic in the Medium

Luis Urrea's novel works moving literary feats

The House of Broken Angels

The House of Broken Angels is a tremendous work—full of joy, yes, but regret, too—capable of humor typed right on to the page with phrases that will provoke tears.
V.27 No.9 | 3/1/2018
Mango lassi and vegetable samosa
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

New Indian Food on the Block

Add Taste of India to your restaurant rotation

At almost a year old, Taste of India is already a significant contribution to Albuquerque's dining landscape, and is poised to become another go-to for foodies.
V.27 No.8 | 2/22/2018
Black Panther

Film Review

Black Panther

Afrofuturist epic takes superheroics in a fresh direction

Black Panther stakes out its own unique territory, mixing the royal backstabbing and intrigue of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” with the impossibly high-tech, glowing bodysuit action of Disney’s Tron.
Reuben sandwich
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

¿Sí Se Puede? Yes, You Did!

Bocadillos serves solid sammies

Bocadillos, with its confluence of terrific eats, a charming and close-knit crew with deep interest in local teams and athletic talent, is poised once more to become another of Albuquerque’s downtown dining institutions.
The Bien Shur cocktail bar
courtesy of Sandia Casino

Bar Review

A Sandia Staycation

Bien Shur serves drinks that complement the views

A good place to celebrate special occasions is Sandia Resort and Casino, and on the top floor is Bien Shur, with its sweeping views of the Sandias, a roaring fireplace in the dining room and bartenders who roll up their sleeves to mix your drink.
V.27 No.7 | 2/15/2018
Have a Nice Day

Film Review

Have a Nice Day

Handcrafted crime film looks up at China from the animated gutter

Modern economic forces and old-fashioned crime collide in Liu Jian’s offbeat, Quentin-Tarantino-meets-Adult-Swim animation, Have a Nice Day.
Beef hot pot and water land hot pot
courtesy of The Bird Hot Pot

Restaurant Review

Hot Pot Finally Hits Albuquerque

The Bird Hot Pot serves adventurous eats and cheap drafts

The Bird Hot Pot is notable for being Albuquerque's first dedicated hot pot restaurant, where you dip raw ingredients into a boiling pot of broth on your dining table to cook them, then into a dipping sauce, and then into your mouth.
V.27 No.6 | 2/8/2018
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Film Review

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Wannabe actor meets faded star in romantic memoir

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is happy to serve out its time as a teary-eyed, tragic romance played out in the long shadows of Old Hollywood.
Neon in Daylight

Book Review

New York Moments

Neon in Daylight finds a story for the directionless

Neon in Daylight

Neon in Daylight is a New York story, and ever-lurking, edgy side of the city inserts itself into the story as though it were a character as vital as any human one.
V.27 No.5 | 2/1/2018

Restaurant Review

Got the Money, Honey?

Level 5 has sublime food in posh setting

If you’re prepared for a bit of sticker shock, find yourself a reason to go and devour some tasty new offerings alongside some breathtaking views of the city.
S’mores latte
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Better Mornings with Coffee and Yoga

Helix offers yoga, friendly vibe, tasty coffee

Helix aims to draw the work-from-home parent type with their playroom, yoga classes and extensive and well-illustrated coffee menu.
V.27 No.4 | 1/25/2018
In the Fade

Film Review

In the Fade

Cross-cultural crime drama puts a match to modern European society

There is power in In the Fade, and much of it comes from actress Diane Kruger. She holds nothing back, letting the grief, pain and anger of her character spill out onto the screen in tears and blood. Even in moments of quietude and stillness, there’s a keening sadness to her performance. Pay closer attention and you’ll notice a lot of the hot button issues writer/director Fatih Akin folds into this deceptively simple story.
V.27 No.3 | 1/18/2018
12 Strong

Film Review

12 Strong

Latest war movie proves Hollywood is still soldiering on

Those inclined to see a movie about the unquestioned heroism of American soldiers (and cannily employing the word “strong”) will like the patriotic dustup of 12 Strong just fine.
V.27 No.2 | 1/11/2018

Restaurant Review

The Acre Makes Farm-to-Table Easy

Buffalo wings and mac n’ cheese for the conscious eater

The Acre is a farm-to-table restaurant that’s accessible, family-friendly and not astronomically priced. Let's hope they've truly found a formula to get the next generation of Burqueños to eat more sustainably and healthily.