review


V.27 No.7 | 2/15/2018
Have a Nice Day

Film Review

Have a Nice Day

Handcrafted crime film looks up at China from the animated gutter

Modern economic forces and old-fashioned crime collide in Liu Jian’s offbeat, Quentin-Tarantino-meets-Adult-Swim animation, Have a Nice Day.
Beef hot pot and water land hot pot
courtesy of The Bird Hot Pot

Restaurant Review

Hot Pot Finally Hits Albuquerque

The Bird Hot Pot serves adventurous eats and cheap drafts

The Bird Hot Pot is notable for being Albuquerque's first dedicated hot pot restaurant, where you dip raw ingredients into a boiling pot of broth on your dining table to cook them, then into a dipping sauce, and then into your mouth.
V.27 No.6 | 2/8/2018
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Film Review

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Wannabe actor meets faded star in romantic memoir

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is happy to serve out its time as a teary-eyed, tragic romance played out in the long shadows of Old Hollywood.
Neon in Daylight

Book Review

New York Moments

Neon in Daylight finds a story for the directionless

Neon in Daylight

Neon in Daylight is a New York story, and ever-lurking, edgy side of the city inserts itself into the story as though it were a character as vital as any human one.
V.27 No.5 | 2/1/2018

Restaurant Review

Got the Money, Honey?

Level 5 has sublime food in posh setting

If you’re prepared for a bit of sticker shock, find yourself a reason to go and devour some tasty new offerings alongside some breathtaking views of the city.
S’mores latte
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Better Mornings with Coffee and Yoga

Helix offers yoga, friendly vibe, tasty coffee

Helix aims to draw the work-from-home parent type with their playroom, yoga classes and extensive and well-illustrated coffee menu.
V.27 No.4 | 1/25/2018
In the Fade

Film Review

In the Fade

Cross-cultural crime drama puts a match to modern European society

There is power in In the Fade, and much of it comes from actress Diane Kruger. She holds nothing back, letting the grief, pain and anger of her character spill out onto the screen in tears and blood. Even in moments of quietude and stillness, there’s a keening sadness to her performance. Pay closer attention and you’ll notice a lot of the hot button issues writer/director Fatih Akin folds into this deceptively simple story.
V.27 No.3 | 1/18/2018
12 Strong

Film Review

12 Strong

Latest war movie proves Hollywood is still soldiering on

Those inclined to see a movie about the unquestioned heroism of American soldiers (and cannily employing the word “strong”) will like the patriotic dustup of 12 Strong just fine.
V.27 No.2 | 1/11/2018

Restaurant Review

The Acre Makes Farm-to-Table Easy

Buffalo wings and mac n’ cheese for the conscious eater

The Acre is a farm-to-table restaurant that’s accessible, family-friendly and not astronomically priced. Let's hope they've truly found a formula to get the next generation of Burqueños to eat more sustainably and healthily.
Call Me By Your Name

Film Review

Call Me By Your Name

Languid romance withers under the Tuscan sun

Stripped of its postcard beauty and its academic pretensions, Call Me By Your Name is little more than a soapy, overlong melodrama.
V.26 No.52 | 12/28/2017

Restaurant Review

New Cuisine for the New Year

Jambo Café is a delicious new culinary opportunity

If it’s Jambo Café’s intrigue and adventure that brings you in, it’ll be their refined menu that brings you back—turning gamble into tradition.
V.26 No.51 | 12/21/2017

Restaurant Review

Europa Brings European Charm to Los Lunas

The farm-owned cafe offers simple fare with a comfy vibe

Whether you’re a Los Lunas resident or simply passing through, Europa is a great place to take friends or family for a long morning of shooting the shit and catching up.
The Shape of Water

Film Review

The Shape of Water

Peculiar romance finds the beating heart below the scaly surface of a misunderstood monster

Surrender to the sensual cinematic visuals and the humid air of sexual tension surrounding The Shape of Water and you’re sure to be swept up in its particular, peculiar tide.
V.26 No.50 | 12/14/2017
Hedy Lamarr

Film Review

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Hollywood documentary embraces beauty and brains

Hedy Lamarr, actress and inventor, gets the documentary biopic treatment she so sorely deserves with Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.

V.26 No.49 | 12/7/2017
The Disaster Artist

Film Review

The Disaster Artist

Actor-director James Franco transforms into actor-director Tommy Wiseau

The Disaster Artist is both a hilarious comedy of errors and a touching love letter to Hollywood. Add to that The Disaster Artist’s meta-humorous “film within a film”/“good actors playing bad actors” japery, and you’ve got the makings of a cult film about making a cult film.