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V.27 No.16 | 4/19/2018
"Ice cream? ... My treat."

Film Review

Final Portrait

Artistic biopic revels in surface details

Final Portrait is a microcosmic chamber drama, an old-fashioned two-hander in which two characters meet, interact and part company. It rarely dips below the surface, but—like a great many works of art—it’s a fascinating surface, nonetheless.
V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Back to Burgundy

Film Review

Back to Burgundy

Siblings resolve family strife over a glass of wine in a French dramedy that goes down easy, evaporates quickly

Back to Burgundy may not be complex, but the bottle is awfully pretty. Just don’t go into it expecting something other than perfectly palatable table wine.

Book Review

Beyond Ink and Whiskey

Leslie Jamison's newest work is full of feeling and analysis that leads the way to truth

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath

The heart of Leslie Jamison's The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is the grip of alcohol, its reputation as the literary choice of romantic self-destruction. It's not so much the substance itself so much as “the surplus of mystical properties” that people assign to it.
V.27 No.14 | 4/5/2018
Roma Bakery
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Simple Quality and Charm That’s Hard To Beat

Roma Bakery and Deli will become your local go-to

Breakfast or lunch, you’ll be tempted (and rightly so) by the delightful daily array of baked treats at Roma Bakery and Deli.
Isle of Dogs

Film Review

Isle of Dogs

Meticulously animated feature is a fantastic(al) journey

Akira Kurosawa’s scruffy aesthetic is undoubtedly what’s fueling Isle of Dogs’ creative engines. Feel free to discuss at length—over third wave, cold-brewed coffee, perhaps—whether Wes Anderson’s miniaturization of Japanese culture asks audiences to laugh with or at the stereotypes.
V.27 No.13 | 3/29/2018
The Death of Stalin

Film Review

The Death of Stalin

Stalin meets slapstick in brutally funny political satire

The Death of Stalin is a manic comedy with occasional doses of slapstick, with some of the bleakest gallows humor in recent memory.
V.27 No.12 | 3/22/2018
Loveless

Film Review

Loveless

Icy family drama will make you glad you don’t live in Russia

Loveless is a stark, dark, often beautifully bleak “feelbad” family drama wrapped around the hardened core of a procedural crime thriller. It is, in short, an extraordinarily Russian film.
V.27 No.11 | 3/15/2018
24 Frames

Film Review

24 Frames

Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami ruminates on time, art and image with final film

Abbas Kiarostami evidently began what became 24 Frames by speculating on great works of art. Paintings are designed to capture one specific moment in time. What, he wondered, happened immediately before and after those famous “freeze frames” that the artists chose?
Wild mushroom chile relleno
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Warm and Fed in La Fonda del Bosque

New restaurant at NHCC serves tasty Latin fusion

La Fonda del Bosque is gorgeous inside, having the appearance of an upscale Mexican inn with a formal vibe. Its "Latin Fusion" cuisine makes for a hearty, nap-inducing lunch.
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.