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V.26 No.17 | 4/27/2017
The Transfiguration

Film Review

The Transfiguration

Gritty urban horror-drama contemplates the sad life of a vampire wannabe

By Devin D. O’Leary
Michael O’Shea’s savvy, self-conscious debut film, The Transfiguration, is best exerting its queasy magnetism on lovers of art-house horror, who will appreciate its subtle manipulations of the overworked vampire genre.
Fish tacos

Restaurant Review

Light and Color

MAYA “Latin infusion” cuisine is zesty

By Renée Chavez
There is a vast amount of skill harbored in MAYA's kitchen, but consistency is everything.
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V.26 No.16 | 4/20/2017

Restaurant Review

Baca Boys in the Barrio

Lost and found in Burque’s Downtown

By August March
August March could could not believe what an epicurean turn-on the aroma at Baca Boys Cafe evoked in him.
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V.26 No.15 | 4/13/2017
Drunken noodles

Restaurant Review

Mountains of Chow

Fresh food—and a lot of it—at Fareast Fuzion

By Taylor Grabowsky
Fareast Fuzion overwhelms. Leave with bellies full of tasty food and hearts full of misplaced pride. (Pride that even though you didn't make the food, you made the decision to order the food.)
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Gifted

Film Review

Gifted

Dramedy about brains will hit you in the feels

By Devin D. O’Leary
Gifted is a calculated film, to be sure. Emotions will be manipulated, tears will be jerked. But it’s such a sweet-natured story, filled with such likable people, that it’s hard to remain cynical.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
Cuban-style grilled cheese

Restaurant Review

For Your Consideration …

Delish is a name and a descriptor

By Hosho McCreesh
For a quality breakfast or lunch with stark attention to detail, local sourcing and even artistic presentation, Delish absolutely delivers.
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Your Name

Film Review

Your Name

Hugely popular Japanese anime explodes on American shores

By Devin D. O’Leary
Your Name is the sort of enjoyable, easy-to-access gateway drug that could introduce a whole new audience to the art of anime.
Universal Harvester

Book Review

Midwestern Horror Mise en Scène

Universal Harvester falls short of its promise

By Maggie Grimason

Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester, despite its amazing jacket design and intriguing concepts, fails to ever pull the reader in fully.

V.26 No.13 | 3/30/2017
Green chile cheeseburger

Restaurant Review

Fun with Mary Jane

Coors Cafe is classic

By Renée Chavez
The cook at Coors Cafe must've learned his art from Paula Deen, and in my opinion he's a hero. This little brown café is awesome.
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The Boss Baby

Film Review

The Boss Baby

Weirdly conceived kiddy cartoon bogs down in confusing mythology

By Devin D. O’Leary
The bones of an interesting story are scattered throughout the film, but The Boss Baby is a convoluted idea with no coherent narrative and too many butt jokes.
V.26 No.12 | 3/23/2017
Steamed vermicelli with imitation pork

Restaurant Review

Sugar and Spice

And almost everything nice at Le Bistro

By Maggie Grimason
Everything at Le Bistro is of the highest quality, each singular ingredient living up to a high standard.
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“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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Maggie Grimason
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

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