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V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Tina Fey: Tigress of Siberia

Film Review

Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are back and they never “felt” so good

All is right with the world ... so long as there’s a Muppets movie in theaters. Here’s another pitch-perfect outing of epic silliness.

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Book Review

Not Here, But Almost

The River

The body of water that snakes through Alessandro Sanna’s The River isn’t Albuquerque’s Rio Grande, but it almost could be.

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V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
“I feel the need ... the need for a movie career.”

Film Review

Need For Speed

Aaron Paul is in the driver’s seat for zippy car chase film that ends up “braking bad”

Need for Speed is based on the popular EA series of the same name. In the original games, players race exotic sports cars and ... Nope, that’s pretty much all there is to it.

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Savory Fare sandwich
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Beyond the Pastry Case

Savory Fare offers an indoor picnic’s worth of food

A Heights shop with indoor-picnic appeal.

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Book Review

The Red Mean vs. The Golden Mean

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: An American Modernist

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, native to Montana’s Sqelix’u (Salish) tribe, and with nearly four decades of roots here in New Mexico, is not a painter so much as a visual narrator. Those with the patience and openness to follow her narrative will be rewarded.

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V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Film Review

Gloria

Honest Chilean drama admits love isn’t any easier the second time around

Gloria doesn’t spend a lot of time introducing us to its main character. This isn’t a first-date situation. Lelio’s sensitive romantic drama simply drops us into her life and lets us discover who she is over the course of time.

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Idiot Box

Unhappy Hour

“Mixology” on ABC

ABC’s latest attempt to plug a post-“Modern Family” gap in its Wednesday night comedy lineup comes in the form of pickup bar-centric midseason replacement sitcom “Mixology.”

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Book Review

Sharing Wanders and Wonders

Places of Mystery, Power and Energy

Worrell is an artist and a storyteller. His book is not so much a volume of polished essays as it is a catalog of his experiences in the Southwest.

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Book Review

Resistance Is Futile

The Resistance Man

French farmhouses? Fine wines? Erudite mystery? At first blush, this novel seemed right up reviewer Suzanne Buck’s alley. So why was it such a clunker?

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V.23 No.9 | 2/27/2014

Book Review

Dear Sister Survivor…

Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence

Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence is a remarkable volume offering words of wisdom and insight to survivors and the allies who want to help them.

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Book Review

Keep Calm and Read

The Jesus Lizard Book

Vicarious thrills await disciples of Yow and co. in this gorgeous trip down memory lane.

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Sundry dishes from Pho 79
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

No Frills Vietnamese

Pho 79

No frills Vietnamese food at its best.

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V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014
This is already looking like a bad idea.

Film Review

In Secret

Americans (with English accents, pretending to be French) contemplate sex and death in gloomy love story

We’re so accustomed to scandal that it’s hard to imagine a 150-year-old novel that could shock modern audiences.

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Book Review

(Almost) Never Buy Beforehand

Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan

“Frugal Fan” Motez Bishara shares his tips for enjoying the best NBA seats at the best deal possible.

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Book Review

Apartheid’s Aperture

Double Negative

Double Negative, Ivan Vladislavic’s fourth novel, accounts for chunks of time in the life of Neville Lister, an anti-war, anti-apartheid, consummate college dropout living with his parents in '80s Johannesburg.

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