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.

Taken Theatrical Review
Taken   Taken Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/10/2009 6:17 PM EDT
The trailer for Taken has Liam Neeson on the phone with his daughter who is in a hotel.  She has  just witnessed some thugs grab her friend, and as her father tells her to hide under the bed, we get the impression he is  pretty cool-headed for someone who is going to lose his little girl to kidnappers. When she hides under the bed, h... Read More

Coraline Theatrical Review
Coraline   Coraline Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/09/2009 4:12 PM EDT
Only one hour, 40 minutes long, Coraline did not set out to be the world's longest stop-motion movie.  The plan was to switch from real models to computer animation in the other-world the same way that The Wizard of Oz went from black and white to color.  However, when this was tried, it was found that the full-of-life other-world came ou... Read More

Push Theatrical Review
Push   Push Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  02/08/2009 1:10 AM EDT
For the past couple of decades, mutants have been the subject of great films and comic books.  Starting earlier this decade, the "Push" started to create a real genre out of this type of anti-hero -- starting first with Bryan Singer's X-men Series and lately continued with NBC/Universal's television series, Heroes.Enter Push, a low b... Read More

RocknRolla Blu-ray Review
RocknRolla   RocknRolla Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  01/31/2009 7:52 PM EDT
Guy Richie, the director and creator of such cult classics as Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, is back with his latest London underground film, RocknrollaI own this town.  But owning is getting expensive for old-school London gangster Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson).  A wealthier foreign mob is moving in with a riverfront prop... Read More

Pride and Glory Blu-ray Review
Pride and Glory   Pride and Glory Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/31/2009 10:45 AM EDT
Editor's Note: Non-home release specific portions of this review also appear in our theatrical review of Pride and Glory.The police-drama, as an art-form, usually centers on family and betrayal. The world of a police officer is a pressure cooker of low wages, an absolute code of honor, and danger.  The occupation also tends to follow heredity ... Read More

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Theatrical Review
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans   Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/26/2009 7:22 PM EDT
The idea of vampires vs. werewolves isn't exactly new, but the Underworld franchise does the cinematic vision of it pretty well.  The vampires dress in black leather, the Lycan(thropes) wolf-out and eat people, and the first movie was all gritty urban warfare.  The third takes place in the distant past where, in events referred to in the ... Read More

Moonlight DVD Review
Moonlight   Moonlight DVD Review
(Nathan M Rose)  01/26/2009 7:16 PM EDT
As a long time fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, I was devastated when it when off the air.  The news came along in the entertainment trades, that David Greenwalt, Producer of Buffy and Angel, was going to be in charge of CBS's new vampire series, Moonlight.Moonlight centers on an "undead" private eye, Mick St. John, who hel... Read More

Swing Vote Blu-ray Review
Swing Vote   Swing Vote Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  01/12/2009 7:34 PM EDT
An ordinary Joe accidentally gets the power to choose the next president of the United States in Swing Vote.Two-time Oscar winner, Kevin Costner, stars as Bud Johnson, a regular guy whose life has just taken an unexpected turn.  Costner is aided by an all-star lineup cast, including Dennis Hopper, Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, Ge... Read More

Gran Torino Theatrical Review
Gran Torino   Gran Torino Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/12/2009 7:26 PM EDT
Eastwood, at 78, is a living-film legend.  He personifies power, manliness, determination, and grit.   He is a rare breed of star who proves as comfortable behind a camera as in front of it; and if the passage of time makes it likely that we really are seeing the last of his acting career, coming off Gran Torino, I think I can say we... Read More

Valkyrie Theatrical Review
Valkyrie   Valkyrie Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  12/29/2008 9:06 PM EDT
This honestly is a hard movie to review.  We can give away the plot, since it's based on a true story (they don't kill Hitler), so all that's left is the technical aspects of the film.Valkyrie has an amazing mix of very talented actors, that at times appeared to be a reunion from Pirates of the Caribbean.  Bill Nighy (Davey Jones) plays G... Read More