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V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
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Restaurant Review

Dine with the Fishes

Shark Reef Café

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux joins some fishy hosts for dinner.
“Wanna make out and then milk some cows?”

Film Review

Far from the Madding Crowd

Gritty, 19th-century English romance finds love and hate down on the farm

By Devin D. O’Leary
Far from the Madding Crowd is a rough romance.
V.24 No.20 | 5/14/2015
Pancake flight
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Hitting the Sauce

Gravy adds a little something extra

By Ty Bannerman
Five months after opening, Gravy has overcome its rocky debut.
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Sure, she looks good now. But wait till you see her in the morning.

Film Review

Spring

Can odd indie romance get its act together for love or monsters?

By Devin D. O’Leary
Oddball indie Spring mixes monsters and amore.
The Marble Orchard

Book Review

The Ties That Bind

Review by Erika Hanson

The Marble Orchard

Dark literary thriller The Marble Orchard explores how loyalties can shape a man’s choices—and doom him.
V.24 No.19 | 5/7/2015
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

James, Jennifer James

Undercover at Jennifer James 101

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux checks out one of Albuquerque’s finest restaurants.
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OK, now the party can get started!

Film Review

The D Train

Bromantic dramedy tries to be edgy, settles for “edgeish”

By Devin D. O’Leary
Jack Black and James Marsden buddy up in edgy comedy The D Train.

Book Review

Just Say No to Prohibition

Johann Hari challenges a devastating 100-year experiment

Review by Renee Chavez

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

We’ve lost the War on Drugs. So what’s next?
V.24 No.18 | 4/30/2015
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Nagomi Does It With Feeling

Japanese food for the adventuous and urbane

By Ari LeVaux
This Japanese restaurant offers tasty satisfaction for the adventurous eater, as well as the timid.
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“The hills are alive with the sound of ... Oh, wait. There’s no music. Don’t you think it’s weird there’s no music? Let’s talk about the importance of music in modern cinema.”

Film Review

Clouds of Sils Maria

Film industry drama finds actress caught between art and a hard place

By Devin D. O’Leary
Juliette Binoche stars as Juliette Binoche (more or less) in navel-gazing film industry drama Clouds of Sils Maria.

Book Review

Radical Quest and Loss

Review by Charles Vane

All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

One worked from within the establishment while one sought to overthrow it. David Gessner finds a deep love for the American West in the work of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey.
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V.24 No.17 | 4/23/2015
Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Film Review

The Salt of the Earth

Breathtaking photography forms backbone of life-changing biopic

By Devin D. O’Leary
Wim Wenders profiles Brazilian photjournalist Sabastiao Salgado in life-changing biopic The Salt of the Earth.

Book Review

The Center of Her Own World

Review by Leo P. Neufeld

The First Bad Man

The multitalented Miranda July—filmmaker, short story writer and artist—has finally released her first novel, the story of an unexciting woman who learns karate and finds her careful control over life slipping.
V.24 No.16 | 4/16/2015
NM reuben
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Fork & Fig

A new eatery on Menaul goes for the hip & casual

By Holly von Winckel
A hip new restaurant where “sauce is everything!”
“Gravity? What has it ever done for you?”

Film Review

Merchants of Doubt

If facts have a liberal bias, then emotions love conservatives

By Devin D. O’Leary
Merchants of Doubt shines a light on the tactics lobbyists, PR firms and spin doctors use to convince us that cigarettes are healthy and climate change doesn’t exist.
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