V.26 No.21 | 5/25/2017
Down Home at The Farmacy
Locally-sourced and expertly crafted daytime fare
With its locally-sourced fare and smart, cool vibes, the quiet and cozy Farmacy is the kind of place Albuquerque deserves as an option.
Married couple cheat on the cheaters they’re cheating with in admirably drab domestic dramedy
Yo Dawg, I heard you like cheating, so I put cheating in your cheating so you can cheat on your cheater.
V.26 No.20 | 5/18/2017
Finding Fractious Familiar
La Familar flummoxes foodie
A tale of two enchiladas at La Familiar, wherein August March laments the uncertainty of epicurean life, realizing that nothing is forever.
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Richard Gere commits to character in influence-peddling drama
If your attention span is sturdy enough and your interest in international business/Israeli politics strong enough to get you through a swamp of wordy details, Norman is worth catching for the committed character work of Richard Gere.
V.26 No.19 | 5/11/2017
When You’re Here, You’re Family
Next level bar food at Sister
Sister is a great place to chill out, talk and enjoy next level bar food—possibly the Central Perk of Albuquerque.
All Roads Lead to Florida
Sarah Gerard's dark evocations of the sunshine state
Sarah Gerard's book of essays, Sunshine State, is an ode to the many faces of her home state, with a the dizzying toggle between internal landscapes and external forces, shifting between the poetic and the starkly unsentimental.
V.26 No.18 | 5/4/2017
A Citizen of World Cuisine
Pars balances the exotic and the comfortable
The next time you and your friends are hungry for anything but the same old thing, step into Pars Cuisine, and step out of the ordinary—comfortable in the knowledge that it'll probably be a lot more familiar than you thought.
Unsettling Japanese horror-hybrid knows how to make skin crawl
Creepy makes the most of its long-simmering atmosphere of tension and dread, shying away from clear psychological and supernatural resolutions, to provide enough unwholesome suggestions to make you look askance at your fellow man.
V.26 No.17 | 4/27/2017
Gritty urban horror-drama contemplates the sad life of a vampire wannabe
Michael O’Shea’s savvy, self-conscious debut film, The Transfiguration, is best exerting its queasy magnetism on lovers of art-house horror, who will appreciate its subtle manipulations of the overworked vampire genre.
Light and Color
MAYA “Latin infusion” cuisine is zesty
There is a vast amount of skill harbored in MAYA's kitchen, but consistency is everything.
V.26 No.16 | 4/20/2017
Baca Boys in the Barrio
Lost and found in Burque’s Downtown
August March could could not believe what an epicurean turn-on the aroma at Baca Boys Cafe evoked in him.
V.26 No.15 | 4/13/2017
Mountains of Chow
Fresh food—and a lot of it—at Fareast Fuzion
Fareast Fuzion overwhelms. Leave with bellies full of tasty food and hearts full of misplaced pride. (Pride that even though you didn't make the food, you made the decision to order the food.)
Dramedy about brains will hit you in the feels
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
For Your Consideration …
Delish is a name and a descriptor
For a quality breakfast or lunch with stark attention to detail, local sourcing and even artistic presentation, Delish absolutely delivers.
Hugely popular Japanese anime explodes on American shores
Your Name is the sort of enjoyable, easy-to-access gateway drug that could introduce a whole new audience to the art of anime.