review


V.28 No.16 | 4/18/2019
Peterloo

Film Review

Peterloo

Historical political drama proves social injustice is nothing new

Peterloo is pointed, immersive, unyielding and purposefully timely but it demands a great deal of sympathy and patience from its audience.
The color of the food is as vivid as the array of tastes.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Peruvian Excellence

Pollitos Con Papas II nails the mark with quality

Pollito Con Papas II offers something unique and different for Albuquerque, with a love of food and every dish being a standout option that won't let you down.

V.28 No.15 | 4/11/2019
Missing Link

Film Review

Missing Link

Animated adventure looks to the classics for inspiration

Lovingly rendered, swiftly paced and tenderhearted to a fault, Missing Link is an entertaining comic adventure for audiences of all ages.
brisket sandwich
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Nexus Blue: King of Barbeque

You don’t find local barbeque like this often.

You absolutely have to check Nexus Blue Smokehouse out. Good barbeque is easy, but great barbeque proves a far rarer find.
V.28 No.14 | 4/4/2019
Ash Is the Purest White

Film Review

Ash Is Purest White

Chinese gangster saga evolves with its country’s economic history

Minimalist in nature and almost documentary-like in its visuals, Ash Is Purest White is a surprisingly light and engaging journey—one that evolves from revamped gangster film to contemplative character story to quietly observational look at modernity and the various discontents that come with it.
V.28 No.13 | 3/28/2019
Hotel Mumbai

Film Review

Hotel Mumbai

Well-packaged drama chronicles real-world horrors

Hotel Mumbai has the ensemble cast structure of an epic disaster movie and the disturbing visceral impact of a horror flick, but it leavens that with a white-knuckle narrative intensity and a respect for real-world events.
bar
Dan Pennington

Bar Review

Down the Rabbit Hole of Mixology

The first thing about Founders is this: no password, no entry. The speakeasy concept is in full swing here. No signage, no obvious hidden door, no indication you’re standing over a bar full of people while you’re inside El Rey Liquors.
V.28 No.12 | 3/21/2019
Gloria, contemplating her love for ABBA

Film Review

Gloria Bell

Disco-fueled drama looks for love in several wrong places

Gloria Bell is about seeking out and accepting joy in life’s tiny moments, not wallowing in misery. Its empowering coda is mild and delivered as a spur-of-the-moment whim in an act that leads less to a life-changing epiphany and more to a moment of Zen-like acceptance.
food
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Freight House Kitchen + Tap

Beer and BBQ are the key to elevated pub grub

Bernalillo may not be the first spot that springs to mind when considering your next bite to eat, but the Freight House could certainly change that. You'll certainly find much to like with a menu and a vibe that's easy-going yet inviting.
V.28 No.11 | 3/14/2019
“Happy little clouds!”

Film Review

Ruben Brandt, Collector

Animated film folds art history lessons into Hitchcock-style thriller

Like all great works of art, your appreciation of Ruben Brandt, Collector may depend on what you bring to it. Watched as a casual, technically proficient imitation of a classic, Hitchcock-style move caper, it's a breezy, stylish diversion. Push past the surface and dive deep into its multiple layers and it's a Stendhal syndrome-inducing intellectual exercise.
Just a few of the sugared delights that await you at Three Little Birds.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Next Door to the Brewery

Sweets and sandwiches at Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds is about as close to a deli as there is in Albuquerque. They do breakfast and lunch and, cleverly, stay open late to cater to the Tractor Brewing crowd as well. You can order at TLB, take a number and let them know that you’ll be at the brewery, and they’ll bring your order over to you.
V.28 No.10 | 3/7/2019
Climax

Film Review

Climax

Gaspar Noé gets down with his bad self in one freaky acid trip

Half Bob Fosse and half Marquis de Sade, Climax will be a torture test for the average moviegoer. But for those in the market for something unshakably original, this is one very bad trip you might want to check out for yourself.
Wine.Dive’s impressive wine wall.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Downtown Wine Bar: Redux

New bar Wine.Dive has great food and diverse wine list

Wine.Dive's diverse but curated wine list makes for an easier experience without decision paralysis and the food menu is equally well-considered.
V.28 No.9 | 2/28/2019
Never Look Away

Film Review

Never Look Away

German director examines the war of art

As an Oscar-nominated epic conflating art and history, Never Look Away is impressive in size and scope, but shortcuts keep this film from being a penetrating, nuanced work.
BBQ red chile ribs
The Shop

Restaurant Review

Where the Neighborhood Goes for Dinner

The Shop turns into nightshift on Friday and Saturday nights

There is something unshakably punk and unpretentious about The Shop’s demeanor, despite all the critical praise and popularity, and they've pared down their menu to nothing but the greatest hits. And then on Friday and Saturday nights, The Shop becomes nightshift …