review


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?

Restaurant Review

Seafood, but Not Evil

SlapFish makes quality seafood from sustainable sources

Hundreds of miles from the sea, SlapFish has sustainably sourced (and tasty) fish, reasonable prices and a staff that seems to like the place.
Calypso
courtesy Of Little, Brown And Company

Book Review

It's Complicated

David Sedaris' latest, Calypso, is both great and maddening

Calypso

When he's at his best in Calypso, David Sedaris is—without too many jokes—revealing parts of himself that are hard to look at.
V.27 No.23 | 6/7/2018
The New Farm

Book Review

Finding Success on The New Farm

A memoir of a (profitable) organic farm

The New Farm: Our Ten Years at the Front Lines of the Good Food Revolution

In The New Farm, Brent Preston gives his account of moving out to the country to start a farm, doing it successfully and creating a model that could help countless other small farmers build their business.
V.27 No.22 | 5/31/2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story

Film Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The now-divisive franchise has fun with a propulsive prequel

Solo: A Star Wars Story, isn’t (and can’t be) all things to all people, but does just about everything it conceivably can to earn the praise of moviegoers.
Duck a l’Orange
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Live a Little … or a Whole Lot

Le Troquet serves French fare and fine wine

As a special occasion, Le Troquet delivers, though at a cost. However, value-hounds can sniff out a first-rate meal that doesn't break the bank both at lunch or for a light supper.
V.27 No.21 | 5/24/2018
1945

Film Review

1945

Stark drama tackles postwar Europe’s Dirty Little Secret

1945 plays out as an inevitable march toward an unavoidable, dreadful confrontation. A bill is coming due, and there are a lot of people unwilling to pay up.
V.27 No.20 | 5/17/2018
Combination beef soup
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Friendly Staff, Friendlier Prices

Viet’s Pho serves hospitality and huge portions

At Viet's Pho, Vietnamese restaurant veterans show immense care and hospitality.
Deadpool 2

Film Review

Deadpool 2

The Merc With a Mouth comes again

If you have no idea who freakin’ Shatterstar is, you’re still going to get some rock solid belly laughs out of Deadpool 2, but the deeper your knowledge of early-’90s comic books, the more you’re going to feel fan-serviced.
V.27 No.19 | 5/10/2018
Broken tacos with veggies
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Bar is Where It’s At

Brixens makes fine drinks and casual fare for out-of-towners

Brixens is one part dressed-up sports bar and one part standard American casual restaurant.
V.27 No.18 | 5/3/2018
Kosmic burger and Spudnik fries
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Kosmos is Big on Atmosphere

New arts-forward restaurant serves local brews and tasty burgers

In a busy Downtown dining scene, The Kosmos is a secret getaway. The menu is simple, and like the artists around them, seems to focus on doing whatever they do well.
V.27 No.17 | 4/26/2018
You Were Never Really Here

Film Review

You Were Never Really Here

Art house action flick and its main character both feel bad

You Were Never Really Here enters the genre of cathartically violent shoot-’em-up story of emotionally wounded assassins and their doomed betrayers/targets but fails to provide an overall logic to the bloody proceedings.
Chef’s choice board
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Charcuterie Joint Serves Fancy Fare

Prices notwithstanding, Salt and Board’s food and drink is excellent

If you love good food and drink, Salt and Board has both in spades, the star of the show being the charcuterie board featuring three cured meats and three cheeses.