Film and Television Reviews

Here at FlickDirect, our goal is to provide up-to-date reviews on theatrical, home entertainment, and television series. Check out the scoop on upcoming films or programming, and even our take on the classics.

Next of Kin Blu-ray Review
Next of Kin   Next of Kin Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/27/2012 9:58 AM EDT
In 1987, Patrick Swayze scored a sleeper smash with "Dirty Dancing," catapulting the actor to bigger and better roles in Hollywood, offering a shot at starring vehicles after years of supporting work. In 1990, Swayze hit the jackpot with "Ghost," a bona fide blockbuster that made him a household name, using sensual pottery and a... Read More

Murder In The First Blu-ray Review
Murder In The First   Murder In The First Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/26/2012 8:52 PM EDT
"Based on a true story," those are loaded words. By that standard the undeniably affecting Murder in the First, which takes major factual liberties, is bound to get bashed. Here's the true part: Henri Young — Kevin Bacon in a blistering performance — hit prison at 17 for stealing five bucks from a post office. In 1938, Hen... Read More

A Perfect Murder Blu-ray Review
A Perfect Murder   A Perfect Murder Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/26/2012 8:46 PM EDT
A Perfect Murder is based on the same 1952 stage play by Frederick Knott that Alfred Hitchcock memorably filmed as Dial M for Murder. Hitchcock kept the play's title and much of its dialogue, and he also retained its limited setting, where most of the action was confined to a London apartment inhabited by an unfaithful wife and her homicidally ... Read More

The Watch Theatrical Review
The Watch   The Watch Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  07/26/2012 11:07 AM EDT
The screwball film The Watch tries hard to entertain, but sinks below average even with its fine cast of witty pros. The film struggles, trying to make the scanty script work by upping the crude and rude level with a lot of off color sight gags, a good measure of dumbness and strong sexual innuendos. The only reason for making the trek to your loca... Read More

The Astronaut's Wife Blu-ray Review
The Astronaut's Wife   The Astronaut's Wife Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/26/2012 9:15 AM EDT
The Astronaut's Wife isn't Rosemary's Baby in Space but it does inch awfully close, though. So close that it invites a host of unfavorable comparisons to Roman Polanski's critically acclaimed 1968 classic. Yes, writer/director Rand Ravich's slow sci-fi chiller sort of works, particularly as it follows Charlize Theron on a rather... Read More

Phenomenon Blu-ray Review
Phenomenon   Phenomenon Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/25/2012 8:43 AM EDT
In 1994 John Travolta was rescued from the Look Who's Talking sequels when Pulp Fiction reminded everyone of the unique magnetism with which he could invest almost any character. For the next six years—that is, until Battlefield Earth put some doubt in our minds—Travolta racked up one success after another, if not always financially... Read More

Margaret Blu-ray Review
Margaret   Margaret Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  07/24/2012 1:59 PM EDT
It took a while to recover from watching the movie Margaret, but it sure is worth the watch.  Now available on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack the very poignant and psychological film digs into some of life's disturbing behaviors to tell the story of a teen hardened by societies deep-seated challenges.  If you would like to be immersed in a fa... Read More

The  Horse Whisper Blu-ray Review
The Horse Whisper   The  Horse Whisper Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/24/2012 10:14 AM EDT
Toward the middle of "The Horse Whisperer," Robert Redford locks eyes with his co-star. They stare at each other for a long time without speaking, as if the depth of their feeling can't be expressed in words. Redford has had this intense chemistry with many actresses over the years, but in this case the eyes he is looking into be... Read More

Leverage DVD Review
Leverage Season Four   Leverage DVD Review
(John Delia)  07/23/2012 11:59 AM EDT
The concept and storylines of the Season Four television series Leverage are good and the talent nicely cast.  Now on DVD all the advantages of being able to see the shows in their entirety unencumbered by commercial breaks makes the entertainment even better.  If you like crime shows that intrigue infused with some comedy, then Leverage'... Read More

The Dark Knight Rises Theatrical Review
The Dark Knight Rises   The Dark Knight Rises Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  07/19/2012 10:29 AM EDT
This may be the film that knocks off The Avengers from the all time box-office winner for 2012.  The movie is called The Dark Knight Rises, but loyal fans will refer to the film as Batman and they know that this dark knight has all the power to rise above any comic book hero the industry can throw at him. For me, I'm just one of the crew, ... Read More



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