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V.27 No.46 | 11/15/2018
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Film Review

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

You’re a mediocre one, Mr. Grinch

With nothing fresh or original or particularly clever to add to what already exists, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is like that Christmas sweater you get every year from your aunt.
The Kyoto roll
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

New Japanese Joint in Rio Rancho

Kyoto offers sushi and noodles to a chain-heavy neighborhood

Kyoto is certainly a step above most of what’s available to Rio Rancho, and residents seem to have caught onto that.
V.27 No.45 | 11/8/2018
Filet de salmon
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

La Belle Vie!

P’tit Louis Bistro sends you to Paris for a night

If you prefer traditional French over more experimental fusion or updated takes on the cuisine, then you'll find plenty to love at P'tit Louis Bistro.
“Nope, still not drunk enough.”

Film Review

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

F is for Fraudulence

When you look at it in a certain light, all authors are liars, but there’s also something rebellious and cheeky about it and it’s this morally ambiguous middle-ground that Can You Ever Forgive Me? finds so fertile.
V.27 No.44 | 11/1/2018
Suspiria

Film Review

Suspiria

Remake of cult horror classic engages in mesmerizing, confounding dance of death

Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria remake is ravishing, challenging, dark, erotic, gruesome, punishing and pretentious all at once—the sort of film that neatly divides audiences into “didn’t get it” and “gotta see it again to figure it all out” camps.
The sunshine bowl
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

I Want to Live at Modern General

New Erin Wade restaurant serves diner food with modern touch

This overall vibe that Modern General has going on definitely has a lot to do with its appeal. Thankfully, the food is as lovely and satisfying as the restaurant itself.
V.27 No.43 | 10/25/2018
Halloween

Film Review

Halloween

Familiar fright film comes out slashing

Halloween has got energy, style, a couple of fresh ideas and a bunch of gruesome murders. It’s good, all right; but it’s not great. Should it be? Does it have to be?
Green chile cheeseburger
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Eat Your Meat!

A preamble for seasonal carnivores

August and Samantha hunt for steaks and burgers.
V.27 No.42 | 10/18/2018
“Don’t want none? Don’t start none!”

Film Review

Black ’47

Bloody revenge saga is more folk ballad than history lesson

Looked on less as a rigorous historical account and more as a blood-soaked folk tale told around a flickering tavern fireplace, Black ’47 makes for one rousing cinematic yarn.
Sesame Chicken combo plate
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Compelled Toward Lam’s

Old Town eatery is awesome!

Weekly Alibi visits Lam’s Chinese Restaurant and it’s tricky.
V.27 No.41 | 10/11/2018
The Old Man & The Gun

Film Review

The Old Man & The Gun

Real life bank heist flick gets a senior discount

The Old Man & The Gun is an affable, sedentary tale of a likable old rogue—a sort of Catch Me If You Can for the AARP set—but it’s not the sort of film you can get excited about.
V.27 No.40 | 10/4/2018
Elote
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Tacos and Ice Cream In One Place?!

El Cotorro combines concept and craftsmanship

When it comes to crowd-pleasing ideas to build a restaurant around, the concept of El Cotorro is hard to beat. "Craft tacos and craft ice cream" is a simple enough idea, while still one that can easily go wrong if you don't deliver on either front. But with a bustling Nob Hill location, ever-changing (but always tasty) specials and an outdoor patio that seats about 15, El Cotorro delivers.
No “Bad Romance” for Cooper and Gaga

Film Review

A Star is Born

A star is rebooted in familiar musical melodrama

This tale of a faded musical icon who discovers a talented young ingénue, mentors her, falls in love and then becomes despondent when her star eclipses his own is a familiar cliché. Thankfully, the 2018 revamp of the age-old entertainment industry story offers up a respectable number of un-guilty pleasures before succumbing to its manipulative emotions and unabashedly old-fashioned drama.
V.27 No.39 | 9/27/2018
Blaze

Film Review

Blaze

Musical biopic sings a sad, romantic song

Blaze is lovingly handcrafted film that should appeal to those who just like to hear a sad, sad song once in a while.

Fish fillet choo chee
Eric Williams Photography

Restaurant Review

Sweet Talk

Fighting the urges at Thai Spice

Under the influence of Candida, Josh Lee visits Thai Spice and orders everything that has sweetness.