review


V.28 No.37 | 9/12/2019
“Keira, who are you wearing?”

Film Review

Official Secrets

Government whistleblower drama is realistically disappointing

Official Secrets isn’t as thrilling or tragic or uplifiting as you might hope. It’s just a bummer—the exact sort of bummer we’ve come to expect these days from our government.
spring rolls
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Roll Your Own

Hosho finds light bites appealing at Spring Rollin’

At first glance you probably wouldn't think you could successfully build a restaurant around what, in America, is basically considered an appetizer, but that's exactly what Spring Rollin' has done. With spring rolls made right before your eyes and egg rolls flash fried as you pick your spring roll ingredients, they've combined traditional with inventive to a pretty delicious effect.
V.28 No.36 | 9/5/2019
Bibimbap is basically my new favorite power meal.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Soo Bak To The Basics

Soo Bak Seoul Bowl is right at home in their new kitchen

Soo Bak Seoul Bowl is just plain amazing. From food truck to full restaurant, with food this good, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they were busy, even hidden away off of Central Avenue.
V.28 No.35 | 8/29/2019
Beef shawarma is officially a new favorite of mine.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Need a Pita, Take a Pita

Need-A-Pita does Middle Eastern food perfectly

Much like the baklava, Need-A-Pita is all about layers. It would be easy to mistake it for just another eatery on Menaul but peel back a few layers, and it’s a place of love and care towards the food that gives it more oomph than you find in some other parts of the city.
After the Wedding

Film Review

After the Wedding

American remake of Danish film milks the mama drama

The story of people whose best intentions often end up steamrolling over the lives and emotions of others is both touching and universal, but overall, After the Wedding lacks the teary-eyed impact you'd expect.
V.28 No.34 | 8/22/2019
“Why couldn’t we have played Pokémon Go?”

Film Review

Ready or Not

Devilish black comedy is a real killer

With its mix of old and new, familiar and unexpected, silly and shocking, Ready or Not ends up as an audaciously unconventional exercise in genre cinema that plays out like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as penned by Agatha Christie.
ice cream
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

It’s Like Coming Home

Casa Rondeña’s kitchen is a bold new direction for the winery

Casa Rondeña wasn’t always a winery; it used to be a home. There are a lot of places that have a homey-like decor or a home-style menu, but have they ever felt like dinner with your family?
V.28 No.33 | 8/15/2019
“Baby, we were born to … do whatever this is.”

Film Review

Blinded by the Light

Springsteen-inspired “musical” tries to mix realism and romance

If you’re predisposed to the music of Bruce Springsteen or have a weakness for feel-good movies about scrappy Brits lifted out of their socioeconomic stresses by a little song and dance, Blinded by the Light will have you singing along in no time.
There is never a bad day for pierogi.
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Ain’t No Land Like Poland

Red Rock Deli makes Poland proud

Red Rock Deli has some of the most consistent and solid food in this city. It’s not some elaborate show of presentation and crazy creation; it's tradition and love, and it’s simply sublime.
V.28 No.32 | 8/8/2019
Them That Follow

Film Review

Them That Follow

Backwoods melodrama slithers along slowly

Them That Follow's script feels generally underwritten, giving slight motivation to the various changes in character and ticking off the story beats in the rote manner of a cautionary after-school melodrama.
steak
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

The Art of Not Choking

Artichoke Cafe maintains excellence for 30 years

Artichoke Café pricing isn’t so exorbitant that you couldn’t manage to pull off a nice date night there once in a while, and the lunch pricing alone is very fair, in terms of comparability with other spaces around town versus quality. Maybe if someone has been around for 30 years, you should check out what they’re doing right.
V.28 No.31 | 8/1/2019
Sword of Trust

Film Review

The Sword of Trust

Tiny indie comedy keeps mumblecore alive

The Sword of Trust is quirky and amusing and has just a tiny bit to say about human beings learning to trust one another. Viewers longing for the loose, improvisational indie films of the early 2000s will feel right at home.
burger
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Burgers, Bites and Beginnings

Santa Fe Bite is poised to take Nob Hill by storm

Sometimes there’s a hidden factor in a burger that makes it different than anything else you’ve ever tried. This “it” factor is alive and well at Santa Fe Bite, showing that there’s still room for traditional tastes to surprise us in a world saturated with wild creations.
V.28 No.30 | 7/25/2019
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Film Review

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Musical documentary ponders the inspirational power of love

It’s the simple idea of two people finding one another and loving each other through time and tide that gives Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love its deepest, most heartfelt impact.
The Ghosted Cassidy
Dan Pennington

Bar Review

Gold Houses Clever Safe House

Safe House Distilling Co. is raising the bar for craft liqour

We’ll one day look back at their humble start and remember when Safe House Distilling Co. were one of this city’s craft liquor pioneers, and to see how much it’s grown since then. Get in on the ground floor, because you don’t want to be the last one of your friends to hit this spot.