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V.26 No.15 | 4/13/2017
Gifted

Film Review

Gifted

Dramedy about brains will hit you in the feels

By Devin D. O’Leary
Gifted is a calculated film, to be sure. Emotions will be manipulated, tears will be jerked. But it’s such a sweet-natured story, filled with such likable people, that it’s hard to remain cynical.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
Your Name

Film Review

Your Name

Hugely popular Japanese anime explodes on American shores

By Devin D. O’Leary
Your Name is the sort of enjoyable, easy-to-access gateway drug that could introduce a whole new audience to the art of anime.
V.26 No.13 | 3/30/2017
The Boss Baby

Film Review

The Boss Baby

Weirdly conceived kiddy cartoon bogs down in confusing mythology

By Devin D. O’Leary
The bones of an interesting story are scattered throughout the film, but The Boss Baby is a convoluted idea with no coherent narrative and too many butt jokes.
V.26 No.12 | 3/23/2017
“What do you mean, you’ve never seen White Men Can’t Jump?”

Film Review

Wilson

Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation

By Devin D. O’Leary
The humor employed here is angry and uncomfortable (and frequently quite funny, if you’re so inclined), but the script stops short of plumbing the crushing, existential loneliness at the center of it all.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
The Sense of an Ending

Film Review

The Sense of an Ending

Modest British drama pits the past against the present, but neither one is really that big a deal

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Sense of an Ending features some subtle performances and an intrigue-filled setup, but squanders much of its potential with a too-teasing narrative and an inability to pay off properly in the end.
V.26 No.10 | 3/9/2017
The Ottoman Lieutenant

Film Review

The Ottoman Lieutenant

Period romance is predictable but pretty

By Devin D. O’Leary
It’s no Doctor Zhivago, but in its own thrifty way, The Ottoman Lieutenant delivers polished, well-paced (if entirely predictable) costumed romance.
V.26 No.9 | 3/2/2017
Get Out

Film Review

Get Out

Jordan Peele turns racial tension into all-out terror in timely horror-comedy

By Devin D. O’Leary
Horror films, at their best, have always served as a mirror for society’s most up-to-date fears. Now comes another timely take on the genre, exploiting a topic that could not be more ripped-from-the-headlines: racism in America.
V.26 No.8 | 2/23/2017
The Red Turtle

Film Review

The Red Turtle

Silent tale of survival holds surprising depth

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle has surprising depth and is positively hypnotic.
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Feature: Film Guide

2017 Oscar Ballot

Use this year’s Weekly Alibi-generated Academy Awards ballot to shock co-workers, impress neighbors or just to enjoy the tastiest fruit from this year’s filmic tree!

V.26 No.7 | 2/16/2017
Toni Erdmann

Film Review

Toni Erdmann

German comedy-drama finds odd connection between ridiculous father and uptight daughter

By Devin D. O’Leary
One sure sign of this German dramedy's success is how quickly the American remake rights were snapped up.
V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Film Review

2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Animated)

This year’s short films are long on talent

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Oscar-nominated animated short films screening at the Guild Cinema are a diverse collection.
V.26 No.5 | 2/2/2017
Julieta

Film Review

Julieta

Spanish provocateur returns with a surprisingly low-key melodrama about familial guilt

By Devin D. O’Leary
Almodóvar is back with a colorful new melodrama, Julieta.
V.26 No.4 | 1/26/2017
Black bean burger

Restaurant Review

Come for the Flicks, Stay for the Fries

Flix Brewhouse opens on West Side

By Robin Babb
Flix Brewhouse is the newest movie theater in Albuquerque, and it comes with the added perk of being a full-service restaurant and brewery.
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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Film Review

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

The Xander Zone returns, taking us all back to the era of exxxtreme

By Devin D. O’Leary
Is there any point to criticizing a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie for being a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie? Get ready for the Xander Zone.
V.26 No.3 | 1/19/2017
20th Century Women

Film Review

20th Century Women

Coming-of-age dramedy looks for family in friends

By Devin D. O’Leary
20th Century Women is an ensemble cast character sketch, imagining its people as products of their late 1970s era and environment.
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