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V.24 No.27 | 7/2/2015
Earl and me (not pictured: dying girl)

Film Review

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Teenage dramedy avoids cliché, but not sympathy

By Devin D. O’Leary
Dying is easy thanks to sweetly snarky teenage dramedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
V.24 No.26 | 6/25/2015
5 Star Burger

Restaurant Review

I Will Gladly Pay You Tuesday

For a 5 Star burger today

By Ty Bannerman
Ty Bannerman scarfs down a burger and considers the philosphical lessons of J. Wellington Wimpy.
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Inside Out

Film Review

Inside Out

Pixar’s emotional new fantasy has all the feels

By Devin D. O’Leary
Pixar’s cerebral new cartoon Inside Out has all the feels.
V.24 No.25 | 6/18/2015
Crawfish

Restaurant Review

Fat Tuesday Every Day

N’awlins Mardi Gras Café brings authentic Cajun to Albuquerque

By Ty Bannerman
N’awlins Mardis Gras Café has damn good cajun food.
“ ... It’s the tie, isn’t it?”

Film Review

The Connection

French crime film makes connection to classic American gangster sagas of yesteryear

By Devin D. O’Leary
The French version of The French Connection is known as The Connection. (The “French” part is implied.)
V.24 No.24 | 6/11/2015
Pork belly tacos

Restaurant Review

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Kasey’s Restaurant & Pub

By Ty Bannerman
Ty Bannerman checks out the new kid on the block.
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“Groovy, baby!”

Film Review

Saint Laurent

French biopic about famed fashion designer gives us glorious surface, poor structure

By Devin D. O’Leary
French biopic Saint Laurent takes languid look at fashion icons life.
V.24 No.23 | 6/4/2015
Rock and roll sounds so much better with matching suits.

Film Review

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll

Musical documentary charts the sounds of love and war

By Devin D. O’Leary
Musical documentary charts the sounds of love and war in swingin’ ’60s Cambodia.
Gaming at Empire Board Game Library

Restaurant Review

Play With Your Food

Empire Board Game Library offers coffee and Catan

By Ty Bannerman
A new café in Nob Hill offers a selection of dozens of board games to go with your coffee.
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V.24 No.22 | 5/28/2015
Goat curry

Restaurant Review

Going for the Goat

India Grill

By Ari LeVaux
India Grill has good northern India food, with plenty of goat.
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V.24 No.21 | 5/21/2015
Window view

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.
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