review


V.26 No.25 | 6/22/2017
Meatless Monday pizza
Renée Chavez

Restaurant Review

Catch the Pizza Bug

Blue Grasshopper has serious pizza and scads of beer

Blue Grasshopper Brewpub on the West Side invented neither beer nor pizza, but does a damn fine job at serving up both to the sweaty Burqueños who crawl into its cool, dark depths.
Cars 3

Film Review

Cars 3

Sentimental and scenic, trilogy-ending sports flick cruises to the finish line

Cars 3 is no ironclad Pixar classic but it is a well made film that delivers more or less the same sentimental moral as the original and Larry the Cable Guy is hardly in this one at all.
V.26 No.24 | 6/15/2017
Huevos Rancheros
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

El Portal de la Percepción

Monica’s is the door to delicious

The food at Monica’s El Portal Restaurant resembles and tastes like home-cooked New Mexican fare more than any of the other dozen or so diners August March has visited in the past year.
Paris Can Wait

Film Review

Paris Can Wait

Rambling romantic trip to Paris should have taken the bullet train

Paris Can Wait is exactly the sort of pretty, pseudo-exotic, post-menopausal romance you’d expect a wealthy, film-obsessed octogenarian to make in conjunction with Lifetime Films.
V.26 No.23 | 6/8/2017
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Beans, Burritos and Office Space

Acapulco will make you want to stay forever

At Acapulco you will find masterfully crafted classics that you might not have realized you were missing so badly.
My Cousin Rachel

Film Review

My Cousin Rachel

Love, marriage and maybe murder in merry olde England

Between My Cousin Rachel's intriguing opening and its punchy ending, the nuanced script and subtle direction successfully elevate du Maurier’s self-consciously old-fashioned source material.

Book Review

Memory Rendered into Poetry

Jacqueline Woodson's visit and her novel, Another Brooklyn

In Another Brooklyn, two-parts poetry and one-part prose, it's not just the story that resonates, but the knack that Jacqueline Woodson has for infusing the world she creates with the contemplativeness that comes with her earnest poetry.
V.26 No.22 | 6/1/2017

Restaurant Review

Ride the Wave

Hello Poké is cool, fresh and filling

Rare is the joint that delivers take-away that is focused on a vibrantly fresh and healthy meal. Enter Hello Poké, riding a giant wave of foodie enthusiasm for one of Hawaii’s proudest dishes.
The Wedding Plan

Film Review

The Wedding Plan

Israeli romantic comedy eschews romance and comedy, but still finds sympathy for its undaunted heroine

The Wedding Plan never fully convinces as a romantic comedy but has a certain charm and velocity that’s hard to escape.
V.26 No.21 | 5/25/2017

Restaurant Review

Down Home at The Farmacy

Locally-sourced and expertly crafted daytime fare

With its locally-sourced fare and smart, cool vibes, the quiet and cozy Farmacy is the kind of place Albuquerque deserves as an option.
The Lovers

Film Review

The Lovers

Married couple cheat on the cheaters they’re cheating with in admirably drab domestic dramedy

Yo Dawg, I heard you like cheating, so I put cheating in your cheating so you can cheat on your cheater.
V.26 No.20 | 5/18/2017
Another lonche Nuevo Mexicano for August March

Restaurant Review

Finding Fractious Familiar

La Familar flummoxes foodie

A tale of two enchiladas at La Familiar, wherein August March laments the uncertainty of epicurean life, realizing that nothing is forever.
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Film Review

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Richard Gere commits to character in influence-peddling drama

If your attention span is sturdy enough and your interest in international business/Israeli politics strong enough to get you through a swamp of wordy details, Norman is worth catching for the committed character work of Richard Gere.
V.26 No.19 | 5/11/2017

Restaurant Review

When You’re Here, You’re Family

Next level bar food at Sister

Sister is a great place to chill out, talk and enjoy next level bar food—possibly the Central Perk of Albuquerque.
Sunshine State

Book Review

All Roads Lead to Florida

Sarah Gerard's dark evocations of the sunshine state

Sarah Gerard's book of essays, Sunshine State, is an ode to the many faces of her home state, with a the dizzying toggle between internal landscapes and external forces, shifting between the poetic and the starkly unsentimental.