review


V.26 No.38 | 9/21/2017
The Counter at Duran Central Pharmacy
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Plateful of Tortillas, Please

On Duran Central Pharmacy and the Himalayas

What's in a tortilla? Well, besides flour, water and some fat—either vegetable or animal, depending on individual preference or health requirements—there's often a story. Or two. Or many, perhaps even a dozen.

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V.26 No.37 | 9/14/2017

Restaurant Review

The Idiot

Nick and Jimmy’s proves that Joshua Lee is dumb

After four trips to Nick and Jimmy’s, the reviewer has to admit “eclectic” and "fusion" aren't bad words.
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Book Review

Getting to Know Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life inspires the desire to ... meet in real life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Samantha Irby's varied collection of essays makes the topics truly felt, accessible to all and approached with unflinching realness.
V.26 No.36 | 9/7/2017
Eric Williams

Restaurant Review

Roots Farm Cafe: A Neighborhood Gathering Spot

Tijeras farm-to-table cafe serves up fresh veggies and small-town charm

Roots Farm Cafe has a take-it-easy vibe, with flavorful and fresh food in reasonable portions, without the ridiculously high prices that usually come along with anything vaguely “farm-to-table.”
Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Film Review

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Roadtrip through Lakota country is slow but sincere in its message

In Neither Wolf Nor Dog, a Minnesota-based writer travels to meet an inscrutable elder Native, to learn and tell his story.
V.26 No.35 | 8/31/2017
Fried green chile strips
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Toasting & Tasting

Steel Bender stays busy on Second Street

Steel Bender Brewyard's flavor and service could be improved but it does not have a popularity problem.
Patti Cake$

Film Review

Patti Cake$

8 Mile goes to Jersey in beat-dropping indie drama

There’s just enough charisma and likability on display throughout Patti Cake$ to make you wish the man behind it were as interested in originality as he was in sentimental manipulation, crowd-pleasing formulas and rhyming insults.
V.26 No.34 | 8/24/2017
Lobster ravioli

Restaurant Review

Filling in the Blanks

Hanging at Joe's Pasta House

Joe's Pasta House has the relaxed comfort of a familiar neighborhood mom-and-pop diner, but with the staff and menu of a fine dining establishment.
David Bowie and Mick Ronson

Film Review

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story

Portrait of unsung guitar god lets you doc out with your rock out

Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story provides an enlightening crash-course in the glitter-and-guitar-heavy glam rock era while simultaneously singing the praises of one of the music industry’s most talented hidden figures.
V.26 No.33 | 8/17/2017
Red chile enchiladas
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

“He’s an Eatin’ Lad”

March goes all Jethro on y’all at Kap’s Coffee Shop

Diner fare and New Mexican cuisine are somehow related. They’re both a sort of comfort food available in America, after all. Kap’s Coffee Shop & Diner has both.
Shot Caller

Film Review

Shot Caller

Prison drama succeeds in making life behind bars look bad—which isn’t much of a challenge, really

Despite some committed acting and some gloomy cinematography, Shot Caller is far too melodramatic and drags its twisty story out far too long to have the solid, gut-punch impact it so desperately wants.
V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017

Restaurant Review

Lota Years, Lota Yum

Blake’s turns 65

Renée Chavez orders almost every item on the menu at Blake's Lotaburger.
Brigsby Bear

Film Review

Brigsby Bear

Oddball indie comedy looks at the dangers of nostalgia and the joys of fandom

Brigsby Bear is a bit too self-conscious of the dorkiness of its main character and of the hipster profundity in his Quixote-esque quest, but the overall intent is sincere and openhearted enough to overcome the script familiarities and character tropes.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017

Restaurant Review

Farm to Table at Farm & Table

A celebration, steeped in the agrarian history of the North Valley

Farm & Table is definitely upscale, with delicious surprises across the board and exacting detail to every dish, but still approachable enough for anyone’s special occasions.
Lady Macbeth

Film Review

Lady Macbeth

Impolite BBC drama is bad romance at its best

Far too stark to call Gothic, way too bleak to call romantic, Lady Macbeth is a violent heartbreaker for those who prefer broken hearts to happy endings.