Album Reviews

Speedy Ortiz
Twerp Verse

Apr 24, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

With the success of their previous album Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz seemed to conclusively cross over from having been a band beloved by a discerning but rabid relatively few into being a big deal

Loud Patterns

Apr 23, 2018

Dance music thrives on artifice. Many respectable computer jockeys don't live in the sweaty ecstasy of their creations; many fans never experience that proper alignment of groove to feet in the club.

Alexis Taylor
Beautiful Thing

Apr 20, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Some artists use solo albums to experiment outside the day job while others cut the background noise. The latter is the case for Hot Chip founders Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, who, separated from each other, double down on what they each individually bring to the band.

Comic Book Reviews


Mar 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Clue, indeed based on the classic board game, fleshes out the enduring murder mystery from that game with more modern sensibilities. And, gosh, there's a lot to like about Clue—the design is wonderful, the art (Nelson Daniel) equally so.

Book Reviews

John Andrew Fredrick
Fucking Innocent: The Early Films Of Wes Anderson

Apr 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

Full of erudition and insight, John Andrew Fredrick's book on the early films of Wes Anderson also has a great feel for the auteur's characters, and for Anderson himself.


Tribeca 2018: Martin Freeman on zombie survival tale “Cargo”

Apr 24, 2018 Web Exclusive

Martin Freeman's Andy isn’t the sort of hero who charges into a pack of zombies, machete held high. He’s an everyman, ill-equipped to survive the apocalypse but willing to do anything to ensure his daughter’s safety.

Tribeca 2018: Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, Directors of “Cargo”

Apr 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

The Australian co-directors discuss their fresh, emotional take on the zombie apocalypse. 

Pleased to meet you

Flasher Announce Debut Album, Share Video for New Song “Pressure”

Apr 19, 2018

Washington, DC trio Flasher have announced their debut album, Constant Image, and shared a video for a new song "Pressure." Constant Image is due out June 8 via Domino. Watch the "Pressure" video below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as the band's upcoming tour dates. 


Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Twenty Films We Can’t Wait to See

Mar 28, 2018

The annual Tribeca Film Festival is, hands-down, the greatest two weeks of movie-going that the Big Apple has to offer. Just as the festival has grown beyond the Tribeca area it’s named for and spills over into adjoining neighborhoods, the downtown festival celebrates more than just film, now encompassing TV, immersive works of art, and even video games. In addition to the 100+ feature-length and short films being screened there are more panels, talks, and special events than even the most dedicated cineaste could painlessly wrap their brain around. It’s impossible to take all of it in, but trust us: you’re going to want to try.

This year’s once-in-a-lifetime screenings include special reunion screenings of Schindler’s List (with Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, and Ben Kingsley in attendance), Scarface (with Brian De Palma, Al Pacino, and Michelle Pfeiffer), and In the Soup (with director Alexandre Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, and Jennifer Beals.) Highlights from the TV portion of the festival include Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, produced by Jay-Z, the red carpet premiere of HBO’s Westworld, season two, and a documentary about the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks. Tribeca 2018’s gaming programming includes sneak peeks at the latest God of War and Tomb Raider games.

We’ll be covering the festival from its start on April 18th, so stay tuned for our reviews and interview coverage out of Tribeca.

If you’re heading to Tribeca but have limited time and/or budget, we’re going to attempt to help you out. Below are 20 of the movies we’re most looking forward to seeing this year, as chosen by UTR Cinema Editor Austin Trunick.

Live reviews

Steve and Lilly Winwood, Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, PA, March 15, 2018

Apr 24, 2018 By Frank Valish

It was all in the family for the Winwoods on the last night of Steve Winwood's Greatest Hits Tour in Bethlehem, PA.


Badlands - The Increasing Inaccessibility of the Arts

Apr 19, 2018 By Zach Hollwedel

It has been just over three weeks since I had the horrible misfortune of letting two tickets to Bruce Springsteen on Broadway slip through my fingers. Two 75-dollar tickets, to be specific. I am still coming to terms with the trauma of that day.

Cinema Reviews

The House of Tomorrow

Apr 24, 2018 Web Exclusive

The House of Tomorrow doesn't get bogged down in genre trappings but uses them to create something sweet and enjoyable.

Television Reviews

National Treasure: Kiri

Apr 02, 2018 Web Exclusive

The abduction of a young black girl twists into an amalgamation of accusations, schemes and guilt between her white foster family, her biological family, and her social worker in Jack Thorne's (National Treasure) latest miniseries, Kiri.