V.27 No.8 | 2/22/2018
Afrofuturist epic takes superheroics in a fresh direction
Black Panther stakes out its own unique territory, mixing the royal backstabbing and intrigue of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series “Game of Thrones” with the impossibly high-tech, glowing bodysuit action of Disney’s Tron.
Eric Williams Photography
¿Sí Se Puede? Yes, You Did!
Bocadillos serves solid sammies
Bocadillos, with its confluence of terrific eats, a charming and close-knit crew with deep interest in local teams and athletic talent, is poised once more to become another of Albuquerque’s downtown dining institutions.
courtesy of Sandia Casino
A Sandia Staycation
Bien Shur serves drinks that complement the views
A good place to celebrate special occasions is Sandia Resort and Casino, and on the top floor is Bien Shur, with its sweeping views of the Sandias, a roaring fireplace in the dining room and bartenders who roll up their sleeves to mix your drink.
V.27 No.7 | 2/15/2018
Have a Nice Day
Handcrafted crime film looks up at China from the animated gutter
Modern economic forces and old-fashioned crime collide in Liu Jian’s offbeat, Quentin-Tarantino-meets-Adult-Swim animation, Have a Nice Day.
courtesy of The Bird Hot Pot
Hot Pot Finally Hits Albuquerque
The Bird Hot Pot serves adventurous eats and cheap drafts
The Bird Hot Pot is notable for being Albuquerque's first dedicated hot pot restaurant, where you dip raw ingredients into a boiling pot of broth on your dining table to cook them, then into a dipping sauce, and then into your mouth.
V.27 No.6 | 2/8/2018
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Wannabe actor meets faded star in romantic memoir
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is happy to serve out its time as a teary-eyed, tragic romance played out in the long shadows of Old Hollywood.
New York Moments
Neon in Daylight finds a story for the directionless
Neon in Daylight
Neon in Daylight is a New York story, and ever-lurking, edgy side of the city inserts itself into the story as though it were a character as vital as any human one.
V.27 No.5 | 2/1/2018
Got the Money, Honey?
Level 5 has sublime food in posh setting
If you’re prepared for a bit of sticker shock, find yourself a reason to go and devour some tasty new offerings alongside some breathtaking views of the city.
Eric Williams Photography
Better Mornings with Coffee and Yoga
Helix offers yoga, friendly vibe, tasty coffee
Helix aims to draw the work-from-home parent type with their playroom, yoga classes and extensive and well-illustrated coffee menu.
V.27 No.4 | 1/25/2018
In the Fade
Cross-cultural crime drama puts a match to modern European society
There is power in In the Fade, and much of it comes from actress Diane Kruger. She holds nothing back, letting the grief, pain and anger of her character spill out onto the screen in tears and blood. Even in moments of quietude and stillness, there’s a keening sadness to her performance. Pay closer attention and you’ll notice a lot of the hot button issues writer/director Fatih Akin folds into this deceptively simple story.
V.27 No.3 | 1/18/2018
Latest war movie proves Hollywood is still soldiering on
Those inclined to see a movie about the unquestioned heroism of American soldiers (and cannily employing the word “strong”) will like the patriotic dustup of 12 Strong just fine.
V.27 No.2 | 1/11/2018
The Acre Makes Farm-to-Table Easy
Buffalo wings and mac n’ cheese for the conscious eater
The Acre is a farm-to-table restaurant that’s accessible, family-friendly and not astronomically priced. Let's hope they've truly found a formula to get the next generation of Burqueños to eat more sustainably and healthily.
Call Me By Your Name
Languid romance withers under the Tuscan sun
Stripped of its postcard beauty and its academic pretensions, Call Me By Your Name is little more than a soapy, overlong melodrama.
V.26 No.52 | 12/28/2017
New Cuisine for the New Year
Jambo Café is a delicious new culinary opportunity
If it’s Jambo Café’s intrigue and adventure that brings you in, it’ll be their refined menu that brings you back—turning gamble into tradition.
V.26 No.51 | 12/21/2017
Europa Brings European Charm to Los Lunas
The farm-owned cafe offers simple fare with a comfy vibe
Whether you’re a Los Lunas resident or simply passing through, Europa is a great place to take friends or family for a long morning of shooting the shit and catching up.