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V.26 No.12 | 3/23/2017

Restaurant Review

Sugar and Spice

And almost everything nice at Le Bistro

Everything at Le Bistro is of the highest quality, each singular ingredient living up to a high standard.
“What do you mean, you’ve never seen White Men Can’t Jump?”

Film Review

Wilson

Woody Harrelson is your friendly neighborhood misanthrope in softhearted graphic novel adaptation

The humor employed here is angry and uncomfortable (and frequently quite funny, if you’re so inclined), but the script stops short of plumbing the crushing, existential loneliness at the center of it all.
V.26 No.11 | 3/16/2017
The Sense of an Ending

Film Review

The Sense of an Ending

Modest British drama pits the past against the present, but neither one is really that big a deal

The Sense of an Ending features some subtle performances and an intrigue-filled setup, but squanders much of its potential with a too-teasing narrative and an inability to pay off properly in the end.
Junk Yard Dogs

Poetry Review

Junk Yards, Church Yards, Everything In-Between

Damien Flores translates the life of the city into poetry

Damien Flores' work is strongly rooted in Albuquerque, speaking with such specificity that Burqueños will read things in these textured lines that no reader from outside could ever, but at the same moment Flores trains his eye on the universal.
V.26 No.10 | 3/9/2017
The Ottoman Lieutenant

Film Review

The Ottoman Lieutenant

Period romance is predictable but pretty

It’s no Doctor Zhivago, but in its own thrifty way, The Ottoman Lieutenant delivers polished, well-paced (if entirely predictable) costumed romance.

Restaurant Review

Come Together Over Tapas

Gecko's: where size really doesn't matter

At Gecko's, the servers are personable and available no matter the crowd, and even though the meals are small, I was still full when finishing.
V.26 No.9 | 3/2/2017

Restaurant Review

“What’s Good to Eat Around Here?”

A serene gem in the Far North Valley

Thai Kitchen is an easy place to overlook in the far northern reaches of the city, but that would be a mistake.
Get Out

Film Review

Get Out

Jordan Peele turns racial tension into all-out terror in timely horror-comedy

Horror films, at their best, have always served as a mirror for society’s most up-to-date fears. Now comes another timely take on the genre, exploiting a topic that could not be more ripped-from-the-headlines: racism in America.
V.26 No.8 | 2/23/2017
Base Bowl
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Yelling About Fish

Poki Poki is for the quick-tripper

It was busy. It was loud. There was fish. If you're looking for some delicious, fresh brain food that you can shovel in while you run between point A and B, then Poki Poki is perfect.
The Red Turtle

Film Review

The Red Turtle

Silent tale of survival holds surprising depth

The Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle has surprising depth and is positively hypnotic.
V.26 No.7 | 2/16/2017

Restaurant Review

Taco Sal and the Suburban Sopaipillas

An entrance to the fabled Heights still shines

Taco Sal, a symbol of how a type of food moved up to the Heights, absorbed some of the cultural conveniences and contrivances of a thing called America but kept its native funk and far-out New Mexican identity.
Toni Erdmann

Film Review

Toni Erdmann

German comedy-drama finds odd connection between ridiculous father and uptight daughter

One sure sign of this German dramedy's success is how quickly the American remake rights were snapped up.
V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017
Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Film Review

2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films (Animated)

This year’s short films are long on talent

The Oscar-nominated animated short films screening at the Guild Cinema are a diverse collection.
N.Y. strip steak with grilled radicchio
Renée Chavez

Restaurant Review

The Goodish, the Badish and the Frenchish

Jennifer James goes casual-ish

Jennifer James' Frenchish has some balance and flavor issues to work on, but definitely has some dishes to be very, very proud of.

Book Review

Who Comes for the Girls

Zadie Smith's inquiry into race, belonging and privilege

Swing Time

A reader could easily pick up this novel and enjoy it without putting any thought to the underpinnings of all the drama; just as likely, what underpins each scene might be what others find most compelling and important.
 

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