review


V.26 No.42 | 10/19/2017
Only the Brave

Film Review

Only The Brave

Hotshots fight fire with fire in true-life tragedy

Celebrating the bravery and brotherhood of cocky, good-looking American boys battling a nameless, faceless foe is Only the Brave’s job and it does so with a single-mindedness that makes it strong, tense and emotionally gripping.
V.26 No.40 | 10/5/2017
Thirst Street

Film Review

Thirst Street

Erotic thriller or winking parody: sexy indie straddles the line

The softcore European erotica of the ’70s had a dark, cautionary edge to it, and Thirst Street carries this inspiration forward into its natural, horror movie extreme.
V.26 No.39 | 9/28/2017
Battles of the Sexes

Film Review

Battle of the Sexes

Sporting flashback has a lot to say about gender, sexuality

Battle of the Sexes is about two people trying to figure out who and what they are—at a time when society is happy to dictate exactly who and what they are.
V.26 No.38 | 9/21/2017
A stuffed sopaipilla
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Plateful of Tortillas, Please

On Duran Central Pharmacy and the Himalayas

Since 1965, Duran Central Pharmacy has been serving la comida Nueva Mexicana to people that crave an authentic dining experience, with everything made in-house by an OG gang of gastronomes whose loyalty to tradition is unmatched in Burque.
Stronger

Film Review

Stronger

Unvarnished memoir of the Boston bombings trades exploitation for emotion

Stronger is a refreshingly down-to-earth look at recent, real-world horrors that is neither “too soon!” nor too manipulative.
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.