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V.27 No.37 | 9/13/2018
“… And I say 102 Dalmatians is the best Glenn Close performance to date!”

Film Review

The Wife

The family that writes together fights together in A-list acting display

They say that, “behind every great man there is a great woman.” That axiom gets taken apart like a Swiss watch and examined under the loupe in the high-class literary drama/handcrafted Oscar bait The Wife.
Peruvian corn in crema sauce
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

When Fusion Cuisine Grows Up

Poki Poblano Fusion serves original, tasty dishes in classy atmosphere

Poki Poblano has hit a lovely balance in this new restaurant: It not only has great food, but it also happens to be a very cool place to hang out.
V.27 No.36 | 9/6/2018
Madeline's Madeline

Film Review

Madeline’s Madeline

Teenage girl is having an art attack in theatrical indie

We’re all actors, Madeline's Madeline seems to imply, acting as ourselves.
Key lime pie from Los Ranchos Bakery
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

A Taste of Home, Wherever You’re From

Los Ranchos Bakery has big city vibe with neighborhood charm

So often forgotten in the world of breakfast pastries, the scone is the effortless liaison between sweet and savory, and can work perfectly with eggs, or as a stand-in for a doughnut. The underlying base of Los Ranchos Bakery's scones is truly what carries the day—be they savory or sweet.
V.27 No.35 | 8/30/2018
Far From the Tree

Film Review

Far From the Tree

Documentary addresses the difficulty of “different” families

How do families deal with children who are very different from them? That’s the probing premise behind Rachel Dretzin’s honest and empathetic documentary Far From the Tree.
The classic Laguna burger
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Worth the Wait

New Laguna Burger location proves as tasty as ever

With their first in-town location opening last December, Laguna Burger has taken the I-40 road trip reluctance and instantly replaced it with nearby convenience—not to mention quality casual dining at prices that'll have mall chain franchises gulping and tugging at their collar.
V.27 No.34 | 8/23/2018
Papillon

Film Review

Papillon

New take on famed French tale of prison life can’t escape the past

Despite the inadvisability of taking another run at 1973’s highly regarded, Academy Award-nominated Papillon, someone has gone and done just that.

pistachio cake
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Like Running Into An Old Friend

Le Quiche Parisienne’s new digs

What was the best kept secret in Downtown has become the best kept dining secret in the Northeast Heights.

Poetry Review

The Liberated Poem

An Infected Sunset by Demian DinéYazhi'

DinéYazhi' writes the hard stuff without obscuring or embroidering it with language and An Infected Sunset explores the potential of form to underscore its content.
V.27 No.33 | 8/16/2018
Never Goin' Back

Film Review

Never Goin’ Back

Teenage stoner comedy lets the ladies do the dirty work for a change

Whether you find Never Goin’ Back a hilarious tribute to the wild shenanigans of youth or a depressing wake-up call about the horrors of the Millennial Generation may depend largely on your age group.
V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Who’s hungry for seafood?

Film Review

The Meg

Wait 20 minutes after eating to view this movie

The Meg is nature disaster monster movie fare at its biggest, loudest and silliest.

The heirloom tomato, beet and burrata salad
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Veggies Are the Stars

Modern, simple fare at Rosemary

Rosemary's menu contains huge dinner salads filled with lots of produce, plenty of veggie-centric dishes and big portions.
V.27 No.31 | 8/2/2018
Eighth Grade

Film Review

Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham studies tweenage angst in writing-directing debut

Hilarious and painful and perfectly well-observed, Eighth Grade takes the tired “coming-of-age” indie dramedy genre and refreshes it for the iPhone age.
The kitchen sink burger at Bosque Burgers
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

On the Road Again

El Vado offers a wide variety of eats and drinks

Plucked from the bulldozer's path and renovated to a high shine, the El Vado is a proud piece of once-crumbling Route-66-era Americana, with many casual dining options.
V.27 No.30 | 7/26/2018
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

Film Review

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

True-life tale of alcoholism and cartoons is unexpectedly uplifting

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot is a disarmingly empathetic biopic that surprises with its sincerity and its down-to-earth charm.