review


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.
V.26 No.48 | 11/30/2017

Restaurant Review

Prepare To Be Complimented

Chocolate Cartel/Van Rixel Bros. Gelato & Sorbet

Whether you’re shopping for a work potluck, family dinners or you’re just looking for some Albuquerque-specific gifts, the Chocolate Cartel/Van Rixel Bros. Gelato & Sorbet deliver insane flavor combinations.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Film Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Crime doesn’t pay and neither does justice in pitch perfect comedy-drama

Between its corrosive sense of humor, its jaundiced look at small-town Americana and its cynicism about the entire concept of “justice,” Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri probably isn’t for mainstream audiences looking for a simple larf, but those attracted to interesting shadows will find a wealth of rewards here.
V.26 No.47 | 11/23/2017
The red chile combo plate at El Sabor de Juarez
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Taste of Aztlán

El Sabor de Juarez balances north and south

Meet El Sabor de Juarez, a joint where eaters can relish the best chuleta a la Mexicana ($9.95) in town or feast on a combo plate complete with challengingly piquant carne adovada and perfectly hot, fresh and pillowy sopaipillas.
"I'm applying to clown college, mom."

Film Review

Lady Bird

Great Gerwig’s witty charm is undiluted in savvy coming-of-age comedy

With her newest, the coming-of-age semi-memoir Lady Bird, Gerwig steps fully behind the camera to write and direct, leaving the acting duties to others.
V.26 No.46 | 11/16/2017
“Pick a card, any card.”

Film Review

Dealt

Magic-minded documentary switches hands on audiences

Dealt follows Richard Turner, master of prestidigitation who doesn't let his lack of sight slow him down.

Restaurant Review

An “Instant” Favorite

Burritos Alinstante

Burritos Alisante New Mexican fast food, with that like-your-grandma-made-it love, has withstood each test, delivering their downright affordable menu “in an instant.”
In in Water

Book Review

From Ink Black to Paper White

Graphic novel Ink in Water doesn't shy away from the hard stuff

Lacy J. Davis gives structure to her life in meaningful ways in her new graphic novel Ink in Water.
V.26 No.45 | 11/9/2017
Baingan bhartha
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

More Than a Menu

Curry Leaf’s fare is expansive, creative and supremely gratifying to eat

Curry Leaf is a restaurant worth visiting—probably many times—in order to sample their interesting dishes which are rooted in India and amalgamated with the tastes of New Mexico.
The Divine Order
Zeitgeist Films

Film Review

The Divine Order

Vox pop as engine of reeducation

Swiss screenwriter-director Petra Volpe deftly illustrates the subversive power of communal coercion in the Swiss suffrage dramedy The Divine Order.
V.26 No.44 | 11/2/2017
The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Film Review

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Absurdist filmmaker scares up a new film

The Killing of a Sacred Deer looks gorgeous in its own grim, spare way and builds an air of tension and mystery, but lacks director Yorgos Lanthimos' usual deadpan sense of humor.
Green Chile Cheese Bread

Restaurant Review

Strike Forth For Trail(er)s Unknown

Trail Rider Pizza

Trail Rider Pizza is exactly the kind of kitschy-cool spot you’ll want to see to believe.
V.26 No.43 | 10/26/2017
Goodbye Christopher Robin

Film Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Literary biopic explores bonds and barriers between fathers and sons

Goodbye Christopher Robin emerges on screen as a wonder-filled, emotion-packed reminder of the joys of childhood and the attendant pains of growing up.
Riley Mitchell
courtesy of the artist

Book Review

Into the Unknown

Investigate the paranormal through the pages of Riley Mitchell's book

The Essential Paranormal Bucket List

The Essential Paranormal Bucket List rounds up paranormal wonders from the world over.
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.