V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Muppets Most Wanted
The Muppets are back and they never “felt” so goodAll is right with the world ... so long as there’s a Muppets movie in theaters. Here’s another pitch-perfect outing of epic silliness.
Not Here, But Almost
The body of water that snakes through Alessandro Sanna’s The River isn’t Albuquerque’s Rio Grande, but it almost could be.
V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
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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Beyond the Pastry Case
Savory Fare offers an indoor picnic’s worth of foodA Heights shop with indoor-picnic appeal.
The Red Mean vs. The Golden Mean
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.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: An American Modernist
V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014
Honest Chilean drama admits love isn’t any easier the second time aroundGloria 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.
“Mixology” on ABCABC’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.”
Sharing Wanders and Wonders
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.
Places of Mystery, Power and Energy
Resistance Is Futile
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?
The Resistance Man
V.23 No.9 | 2/27/2014
Dear Sister Survivor…
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.
Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence
Keep Calm and Read
Vicarious thrills await disciples of Yow and co. in this gorgeous trip down memory lane.
The Jesus Lizard Book
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No Frills Vietnamese
Pho 79No frills Vietnamese food at its best.
V.23 No.8 | 2/20/2014
Americans (with English accents, pretending to be French) contemplate sex and death in gloomy love storyWe’re so accustomed to scandal that it’s hard to imagine a 150-year-old novel that could shock modern audiences.
(Almost) Never Buy Beforehand
“Frugal Fan” Motez Bishara shares his tips for enjoying the best NBA seats at the best deal possible.
Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan
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.