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V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
“Did you say something, dear—you bothersome and insufferable twit?”

Film Review

Le Week-End

Love and marriage go through the ringer during a bittersweet anniversary trip to Paris

By Devin D. O’Leary
Middle-class British couple Meg and Nick have been married for 30 years. In an attempt to rekindle the ol’ flame, they decide to spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. From the start it doesn’t look like this expedition is going to bear fruit.

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“Environmental Impact Team Beta”
Sculptures by Andrew Bell

Gallery Review

Creatures Featured

By Elisa McGovern
The new show’s acrylic-on-resin sculptures tell the story of an ominous factory in a world short on resources and long on corporate greed and toxic waste.

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Book Review

Letters, Lovers and Time Travel

Review by Kathy Freise

The Light and the Dark

Shiskin is considered that country’s greatest living novelist. The Light and the Dark may not be as long as some of the Russian classics, but it is as large in its scope. It’s by turns engaging, confusing and erudite.

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Book Review

Being Poetry, Serving Albuquerque

Review by Don McIver

Time Served

Carlos Contreras’ first book of poems, Time Served, brings you the verbal pyrotechnics and heartfelt emotion that many of us have watched being born in this young man’s work. Reading it is a cause for celebration.

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V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
“Welcome to the Grand Budapest Hotel. May we make you uncomfortable?”

Film Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson’s screwball caper finds the art in artifice

By Devin D. O’Leary
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical chocolate box painting of a comedy, could be Wes Anderson’s most Wes Andersony film to date.

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Book Review

Recovery in Aztlan

Review by Suzanne Buck

The Unholy

Paul DeBlassie III’s The Unholy is a frightening thriller that details the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Set in the mythical land of Aztlan, DeBlassie’s novel is infused with the scents, sounds, and traditions of the author’s native New Mexico.

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V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Seligman (Stellan Skarsgard) talk sex and fly-fishing.
Zentropa

Film Review

Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Lars von Trier’s fetish is the specialization of knowledge

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
The first volume of the final installment in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy," Nymphomaniac finds a battered sex addict talking sex, polyphony and fly-fishing with a bookish fisherman.

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Cubed steak broken rice
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Straight From District 5

Kim Long Asian Cuisine

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux discovers that “Asian Cuisne” means “mostly Vietnamese.” But it’s good!
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Book Review

The Age of Innocence Lost

Review by Ian Wolff

Kicking the Sky

“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”

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Book Review

Nurturing Nature

Review by Leo P. Neufeld

Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home

There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.

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V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
Kashk bademjan
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Put a Spell On You

The Kabab House

By Ty Bannerman
A small University Area café offers a taste of Persia.
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Tina Fey: Tigress of Siberia

Film Review

Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are back and they never “felt” so good

By Devin D. O’Leary
All is right with the world ... so long as there’s a Muppets movie in theaters. Here’s another pitch-perfect outing of epic silliness.

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Book Review

Not Here, But Almost

Review by Lisa Barrow

The River

The body of water that snakes through Alessandro Sanna’s The River isn’t Albuquerque’s Rio Grande, but it almost could be.

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V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
“I feel the need ... the need for a movie career.”

Film Review

Need For Speed

Aaron Paul is in the driver’s seat for zippy car chase film that ends up “braking bad”

By Devin D. O’Leary
Need for Speed is based on the popular EA series of the same name. In the original games, players race exotic sports cars and ... Nope, that’s pretty much all there is to it.

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Savory Fare sandwich
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Beyond the Pastry Case

Savory Fare offers an indoor picnic’s worth of food

By Gail Guengerich
A Heights shop with indoor-picnic appeal.
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