Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Allison Hazlett-Rose

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.

Inside Out Theatrical Review
Inside Out   Inside Out Theatrical Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  06/16/2015 11:56 AM EST
The voices in your head are real!  They are cute, colorful, and wreak havoc with your emotions. At least that is what Disney and Pixar would like you to believe.Riley is an 11 year old girl who, for the most part, has had a pretty happy life so far.  She is a silly, sweet, honest kid with loving parents and good friends.  All of this... Read More

McFarland, USA Blu-ray Review
McFarland, USA   McFarland, USA Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  06/10/2015 12:38 PM EST
If you've seen Lean On Me or Stand And Deliver, you've pretty much seen McFarland USA.  Impoverished students succeeding against the odds; encouraged by their teacher to achieve greatness despite their surroundings.  The difference here is merely the location – instead of inner-city ghettos,  McFarland,... Read More

The Duff Blu-ray Review
The Duff   The Duff Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  06/09/2015 2:01 PM EST
Every high school movie has the usual cast of characters and The DUFF is no different.  There is Madison (Bella Thorne; Shake It Up, Blended) – the popular, beautiful, mean Homecoming queen, Wesley (Rob Amell; True Jackson VP) – the star quarterback that is friends with everyone but not especially bright, and Bianca (Mae Whitman; P... Read More

Spy Theatrical Review
Spy   Spy Theatrical Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  06/04/2015 11:48 AM EST
Melissa McCarthy's (Heat, Identity thief) movies are hit and miss.  Bridesmaids was hilariously funny but Tammy was just awful.  Luckily, her latest comedy, Spy, falls into the former category with 2 hours of nonstop humor that will have you laughing out loud.McCarthy plays CIA agent Susan Cooper, who does nothing more than sit behind a c... Read More

Focus Blu-ray Review
Focus   Focus Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/28/2015 11:52 AM EST
I get why they named the movie Focus.  As Will Smith's (Men in Black, Ali) character, Nicky, explains the trick to being a good con artist is to shift the victim's focus away from what you are really trying to do.   Unfortunately, I felt neither the need nor inclination to actually focus on watching this movie.  Coming to Blu-ra... Read More

Kingsman: The Secret Service Digital HD Review
Kingsman: The Secret Service   Kingsman: The Secret Service Digital HD Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/22/2015 10:55 AM EST
After an explosive theatrical run, Kingsman: The Secret Service, is coming home on Digital HD. The film follows an elite group of spies who operate covertly outside the confines of traditional government agencies.  They foil all types of international plots without receiving any recognition.  They live their lives under the guis... Read More

Tomorrowland Theatrical Review
Tomorrowland   Tomorrowland Theatrical Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/21/2015 10:44 AM EST
Tomorrowland — an alternate world where everyone is happy and carefree and technological advances are beyond our wildest imaginations.  Of course, things are never really as perfect as they seem.  Disney's latest attempt to entwine theme parks with cinema results in an identity crisis riddled movie called Tomorrowland, out in th... Read More

American Sniper Blu-ray Review
American Sniper   American Sniper Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/18/2015 10:22 PM EST
Critically acclaimed, and Academy award nominated, American Sniper heads to stores May 19th on Blu-ray/DVD/ Ultraviolet combo pack.  Based on Chris Kyle's autobiography, the movie makes you think beyond the typical war story.  While there are still the dead bodies, the film makes the audience think beyond the bullets to... Read More

Pitch Perfect 2 Theatrical Review
Pitch Perfect 2   Pitch Perfect 2 Theatrical Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/14/2015 10:49 AM EST
It was three years in the making but Pitch Perfect 2 is finally hitting theaters.  As is typical with sequels, it can't compare to its predecessor but as a whole it holds its own.  I really like the first Pitch Perfect so it had "lofty shoes to fill" and while it doesn't quite get there it was actually better than I expected it ... Read More

White Collar DVD Review
White Collar Season Six   White Collar DVD Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/12/2015 10:36 PM EST
I had heard a lot of good things about the acclaimed USA Network show White Collar but I had never actually seen it so I wasn't sure what to expect when I dove, head first, in to the final six episodes of the series.  Season six, out on DVD today, was short and sweet and apparently tied up a lot of loose ends for fans that have been watchi... Read More