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V.24 No.4 | 1/22/2015
Kara miso
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Back from the Heart of Japan

Kokoro Japanese Restaurant returns to Albuquerque

By Ari LeVaux
An Asian favorite returns after the owner’s sabbatical in Japan.
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Film Review

Blackhat

When it comes to information technology, Hollywood just can’t hack it; or the history of bad computer movies in one review

By Devin D. O’Leary
Michael Mann’s preposterous thriller Blackhat proves that Hollywood just can’t hack high tech.

Book Review

More Human Than Not

Review by Mark Lopez

Of Small Children / And Other Poor Swimmers

An ABQ poet’s elegant debut “echoes through bars, beaches and roads.”
V.24 No.3 | 1/15/2015
“Why did you change your name from Leaf Phoenix? Leaf Phoenix was awewome. ... What’s the matter, Leaf?”

Film Review

Inherent Vice

Trippy mystery gets lost (albeit pleasantly) in a fog of drugs and weirdness

By Devin D. O’Leary
Paul Thomas Anderson tackles Thomas Pynchon with drug-addled mystery Inherent Vice.

Book Review

Texts from a Hilarious Mind

Review by Mike Smith

Texts From Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters

A simple premise—literary characters and authors texting—leads to hilarious results.
V.24 No.2 | 1/8/2015
Nepali bhojan
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

All Over the Map

The inconsistent authenticity of Taste of Himalayas

By Ari LeVaux
Ari LeVaux wonders if this Nepalese restaurant might be too authentic.
Now that’s what I call sexy.

Film Review

Wetlands

German sex comedy proves your body is a wonderland—an icky, smelly, disease-infested wonderland

By Devin D. O’Leary
Raunchy German sex comedy Wetlands proves your body is a wonderland—an icky, smelly, disease-infested wonderland.

Book Review

Perl in the Rough

Review by Renee Chavez

Easy Street (The Hard Way)

Ron Perlman’s new memoir offers rock-solid wisdom on the movie industry and growing up weird. But maybe skip the end?
V.24 No.1 | 1/1/2015
Dumplings
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Traveling Fare

Pop-Up Dumpling House

By Ari LeVaux
It’s only open two days a week, but it’s definitely worth scheduling for.

Book Review

Family Lineage and Bathroom Psychotic Breaks

Review by Amelia Olson

Mexican Eskimo Book 1: Exmikan

A hyper-emotional landscape invigorates this generation-spanning novel of family history, memory and dreams.
V.23 No.52 | 12/25/2014
Stranger danger, honey.

Film Review

Into the Woods

Disney’s latest fairy tale mashup is fun but fractured

By Devin D. O’Leary
Disney’s latest fairy tale heads Into the Woods for a fun but fractured take on Sondheim’s musical mashup.
V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Rude Boy Cookies

Gourmet treats and Mighty Mighty milk

By Eric Castillo
Eric Castillo checks out this University area bakery where the cookies are skankin’ and the milk is always on tap.
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“You ever see Booty Call, kid? I was great in that.”

Film Review

Annie

It’s a hard-knock life for a former orphan and a guy who used to be Daddy Warbucks in this not-so-expertly updated musical

By Devin D. O’Leary
Tone-deaf update of Annie can’t find its rhythm.

Book Review

Boom For Real

Review by Erik Gamlem

Widow Basquiat: A Love Story

A revealing and sometimes dark love story shows that pioneering ’80s artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was more than the “Radiant Child.”
V.23 No.50 | 12/11/2014
Poor, deluded fools. You think you can keep the blackness of tooth decay at bay? Choke on your bourgeois ignorance!

Film Review

Force Majeure

Natural disaster kills the mood in icy Swedish examination of love and marriage

By Devin D. O’Leary
Happy family falls apart after escaping avalanche in ice-cold drama Force Majeure.
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