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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.
The fresh and floral lavender ‘99
Eric Williams Photography

Bar Review

Bar Campo’s Elegant Drinks

The bar at Los Poblanos serves herby, fresh-tasting cocktails

Bar Campo has herb-forward, fragrant cocktails made from good, fresh ingredients in simple pairings that produce tasty results.
V.27 No.29 | 7/19/2018
platillo feliz
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Satisfying Salvadoran Food

El Papaturro makes mouthwatering Central American fare

Robin Babb visits El Papaturro and gets the best possible drunk food (pupusa) rounded out with refried beans, fried plantain and fried eggs. Naptime soon followed.
Sorry to Bother You

Film Review

Sorry To Bother You

Upward mobility gets weird in off-kilter comedy

Sorry to Bother You is not the work of a practiced, disciplined filmmaker. It’s the work of a manic, committed, wildly creative first-timer.
V.27 No.28 | 7/12/2018
Eating Animals

Film Review

Eating Animals

Farming documentary hopes to influence food choices

Eating Animals spends its time talking about sustainable alternative solutions to factory farms, giving in to neither hardcore carnivores nor militant animal lovers.
V.27 No.27 | 7/5/2018

Restaurant Review

The Taste of Redemption

Ichiban has leveled up their sushi game

Ichiban is back on the upswing. If you're new to sushi, a regular or ready to gamble on some flavors, this is a great spot to do it.
V.27 No.26 | 6/28/2018
The Great Silence
Courtesy of Film Movement

Film Review

The Great Silence

Classic Italian Western is restored to its cold, dark glory

Sergio Corbucci's 1968 masterpiece The Great Silence has been digitally restored for its 50th anniversary and it's brutal, uncompromising and visually sweeping.
V.27 No.25 | 6/21/2018
It’s not truly a “heist” until disguises are involved.
Courtesy of The Orchard

Film Review

American Animals

Genre-bending crime thriller incorporates documentary techniques in its true(?)-life narrative

American Animals intercuts interview footage of the real-life people behind the story with scripted scenes of the actors portraying them, but subverts the docudrama trappings.
The sublime steak frites with bone marrow butter
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Live Flame and a Long Name

Devon’s Pop Smoke is a great night out

If you’re after a relaxed dinner out with a pleasant atmosphere and wood smoke as primary seasoning, Devon’s has got your number.
V.27 No.24 | 6/14/2018
Yup, those are mountains, all right.
Greenwich Entertainment

Film Review

Mountain

This mountain is certainly high, but not very deep

Australian writer-director Jennifer Peedom’s rather bluntly titled Mountain could have easily expanded its title to Mountains: What Are They, and Why Are They So Popular?