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V.29 No.4 | 1/23/2020
Dive into the bowl and swim through the flavors.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Umami, Ooh Daddy

Umami Moto finds new home in New Mexico

We preach local pretty hard here at Weekly Alibi. One of the things that our owner, Christopher Johnson, has always talked to me about is standing in the little guys’ corner. At the end of the day, the industry giants will always have an edge on the market because of what feels like a limitless resource pool to make magic happen. But for those just getting their start, the ones who plant their feet firmly in Albuquerque and decide to make a difference, the ones who make a dramatic change in their neighborhood, those are the ones we aim to boost up and support. What happens when the little guy is a newcomer to the local scene but is also someone who’s been on the grind for a while now? For answers, I looked to Umami Moto.

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“This one’s called ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia.’”

Film Review

The Song of Names

Historical drama plucks at heartstrings but buries tune

French-Canadian filmmaker François Girard knows a thing or two about the intersection of movies and classical music, having directed Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993), Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach (1997) and The Red Violin (1998). His latest, The Song of Names, throws a bit of religion into the mix for good measure. While fitfully moving and occasionally profound, it is a concert whose prelude meanders on a bit too long, robbing the crescendo of its ultimate impact.

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V.29 No.3 | 1/16/2020
Dolittle

Film Review

Dolittle

Newest version of animal-filled fable does a little

Dolittle has just enough fantastical visuals and innocuous one-liners to appease the family audiences it’s aimed at.
Fun Noodle Bar food
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Having Fun With Noods

Fun Noodle Bar sets perfect example of how to do noodles

With the University area having the Noodle District comfortably operating at this point, the expansion has to begin in new places. Fun Noodle Bar fits perfectly in the Heights and residents will be having fun there for a long time.
V.29 No.2 | 1/9/2020
apple pie
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Copper Canyon Cafe Holds Tradition

How we find joy in simplifying

The plate hits the table and you feel as if you’re in Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, with its straightforward presentation and simplicity lending an air of ’50s diner status to your meal. You don’t have to overthink it, there’s not such a complex palette of flavors at work that your mind is required to process. It’s just good in the way it should be, direct and upfront.
V.29 No.1 | 1/2/2020
A Hidden Life

Film Review

A Hidden Life

Saying “no thanks” to Nazis

A Hidden Life paints a picture of times that are hard, but reminds us that solace, and even beauty, can be found in our own convictions.
food
Dan Pennington

Restaurant Review

Egg and I No More

Sunnyside Up inhabits local scene, breaks corporate ties

It’s not terribly common to see a national chain convert to local. Sunnyside Up has proved they know what they’re doing and don’t need some big corporate board to help them. They’re one of us now, and we should be thankful that the Heights has more breakfast options to choose from.
V.28 No.51 | 12/19/2019
A feast that can succinctly wrap up your year
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Nob Hill Revival Is A Go

Sushi & Sake brings their magic touch to Nob Hill

Sushi & Sake manages to have a consistent level of genuinely amazing dishes that balance both of those aspects, leaving you with something absolutely worth your time and energy.
Knives and Skin

Film Review

Knives and Skin

Feminist thriller goes deep

Devote a couple hours’ worth of dedicated attention to Knives and Skin, and you’ll never see making meatloaf, giving books report or recycling tinfoil quite the same way again.
V.28 No.50 | 12/12/2019
Waves

Film Review

Waves

Teen drama burns off a lot of emotion and a ton of energy

Waves is a worthy effort in the end—even if the man behind it might want to expend a little less effort next time around.
Jerusalem-Taste of the Holy Land
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Journey To Jerusalem

Taste of the Holy Land offers Rio Rancho something new

For many of us Burqueños, Rio Rancho isn’t the easiest drive, but with food like Jerusalem-Taste of the Holy Land, maybe it’s the only logical journey to make.
V.28 No.49 | 12/5/2019
pizza
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Andiamo!

Da Vinci’s is full of surprises

Da Vinci's Pizza Café does their level best to offset the pricey menu items with a terrific assortment of quality ingredients and portions that all but guarantee leftovers.
fungus

Film Review

Fantastic Fungi

Scientific documentary sings the praises of our fungal friends

Consider the humble mushroom. That’s more or less the premise behind Fantastic Fungi, a hagiographic documentary aimed at elevating the status of spores, molds and fungus. Don’t think that mushrooms are the greatest thing on planet Earth? Well, you soon will.
V.28 No.48 | 11/28/2019
Knives Out

Film Review

Knives Out

Old-fashioned murder mystery plays by the rules

If you like your mysteries done up old school, Knives Out is the genre-loving homage you’ve been searching for.
V.28 No.47 | 11/21/2019
Frankie

Film Review

Frankie

European idyll appears comfortable in first gear

Award-winning, non-Hollywood filmmaker Ira Sachs returns to theaters with all the trademark elements necessary for an art house drama in tow. His latest indie, Frankie, boasts a star-studded cast, an exotic locale, 90 minutes worth of dysfunctional family drama and a tone so low-key it couldn’t possibly overexcite its target audience of retirement age moviegoers.