review


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.
Buckskin Cocaine

Book Review

New Mexico After Dark

The high desert underworld of Buckskin Cocaine

Buckskin Cocaine

There is a particular emotional distance with which each character is held, until the moment when zooming in close and revealing vulnerability will be most wrenching.
V.26 No.30 | 7/27/2017
Mango sticky rice
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Squash of Thailand

Thai Boran’s unique menu holds some surprises

Josh Lee is overwhelmed by pumpkin curry at Thai Boran and then keeps eating and eating.
A  Ghost Story

Film Review

A Ghost Story

Minimalist tale of life and death may be saying something, but it’s keeping awfully quiet

A Ghost Story is self-consciously arty and aggressively dull. If you cut out the scenes in which nothing moves, nothing happens and no one speaks, the entire film would be about 10 minutes long.
V.26 No.29 | 7/20/2017
Enchilada combination plate
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Progress of the North

Garduños rules the Heights

August March enjoys Garduños as much as he did a third of a century ago.
Dunkirk

Film Review

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan goes to war in a heart-pounding, historical drama about victory in the jaws of defeat

Dunkirk expresses the panic, fear and sheer chaos of war better than just about any previous film.
V.26 No.28 | 7/13/2017

Restaurant Review

Eat Everything

Flavor blooms at Mazaya Cafe

Mazaya excels in creating a wide variety of mouthwatering and intriguing flavors that keep you reaching for just one more bite.
The Little Hours

Film Review

The Little Hours

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci are naughty nuns in oddball literary adaptation

The Little Hours is a send-up of the absurd idea of sin and that human beings can actually give up their sins of the flesh, but Jeff Baena’s attentions are focused on the fact that cursing, drunken, fornicating nuns are funny as hell.
V.26 No.27 | 7/6/2017

Restaurant Review

Take Me Home, Corrales Road

Bistro Brewery is the place where you belong

Hidden along Old Corrales Road are a few spots for rock-solid casual dining that are downright easy on the wallet—and Corrales Bistro Brewery is a prime example.
Baby Driver

Film Review

Baby Driver

Edgar Wright takes an eclectic cast on a high-speed joyride with the stereo cranked to 11

Baby Driver isn’t all testosterone-fueled explosions and physics-defying stunts. It’s a gritty, guns-and-bullets character study done with panache, skill and a slice of humor.