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V.26 No.8 | 2/23/2017
Base Bowl
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Restaurant Review

Yelling About Fish

Poki Poki is for the quick-tripper

By Joshua Lee
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.
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The Red Turtle

Film Review

The Red Turtle

Silent tale of survival holds surprising depth

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Academy Award-nominated The Red Turtle has surprising depth and is positively hypnotic.
V.26 No.7 | 2/16/2017
Taco plate

Restaurant Review

Taco Sal and the Suburban Sopaipillas

An entrance to the fabled Heights still shines

By August March
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.
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Toni Erdmann

Film Review

Toni Erdmann

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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

By Devin D. O’Leary
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

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

Who Comes for the Girls

Zadie Smith's inquiry into race, belonging and privilege

Review by Maggie Grimason

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.
V.26 No.5 | 2/2/2017
Tio Juanito pizza

Restaurant Review

“You Wanna Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name ...”

Become a regular at Eclectic

By Hosho McCreesh
Eclectic Urban Pizzeria & Tap House offers casual and utilitarian dining with a comfy flair.
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Julieta

Film Review

Julieta

Spanish provocateur returns with a surprisingly low-key melodrama about familial guilt

By Devin D. O’Leary
Almodóvar is back with a colorful new melodrama, Julieta.
V.26 No.4 | 1/26/2017
Black bean burger

Restaurant Review

Come for the Flicks, Stay for the Fries

Flix Brewhouse opens on West Side

By Robin Babb
Flix Brewhouse is the newest movie theater in Albuquerque, and it comes with the added perk of being a full-service restaurant and brewery.
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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Film Review

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

The Xander Zone returns, taking us all back to the era of exxxtreme

By Devin D. O’Leary
Is there any point to criticizing a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie for being a lunkheaded Vin Diesel action movie? Get ready for the Xander Zone.
V.26 No.3 | 1/19/2017
The Mexican Plate

Restaurant Review

Un Modelo para Llevar a Hogar

El Modelo as archetype; ribs as revelation

By August March
El Modelo’s Nuevo Mexicano cuisine is nearly mythic in presentation and flavor.
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20th Century Women

Film Review

20th Century Women

Coming-of-age dramedy looks for family in friends

By Devin D. O’Leary
20th Century Women is an ensemble cast character sketch, imagining its people as products of their late 1970s era and environment.
V.26 No.2 | 1/12/2017
Italian mushroom pocket
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Bite of Sunshine

Vibrance offers up plant-based dining in a bright, leafy space

By Maggie Grimason
Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free foodies are not likely to be disappointed if they take the time to slow down with Vibrance.
“I’ll take two.”

Film Review

Elle

Script-flipping European thriller finds Isabelle Huppert getting down with her bad self

By Devin D. O’Leary
Alibi film expert Devin O’Leary discusses Paul Verhoeven’s latest work, Elle.
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