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.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Review
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Review   The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  4/9/2014 9:02 AM EDT
Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"   makes its long anticipated debut on the small screen with the release of various home entertainment editions. "The Hobbit", set 60 years before "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy   brings us Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Sir Ian McK... Read More

Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review
Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review   Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/1/2014 12:35 PM EDT
Disney's relatively brief obsession with cash-in sequels churned out far more misses than hits, with Jungle Book 2 being one of the only direct-to-video-quality misfires in the bunch to make its debut in theaters... to the tune of $135 million no less. Regardless, it remains one of the studio's most unnecessary sequels and one of its most d... Read More

Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review
Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review   Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  3/26/2014 2:59 PM EDT
There's a certain melancholy to a lot of country music that seemed to make Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart redolent with a kind of ragged sensibility that was perhaps best summed up by the title of its Academy Award winning song, "The Weary Kind". There's a different kind of sadness running rampant in Cooper's latest, the dour ... Read More

The Book Thief Blu-ray Review
The Book Thief Blu-ray Review   The Book Thief Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  3/24/2014 12:26 PM EDT
Young Adult Fiction has provided fodder for several huge film hits over the past several years, including such iconic franchises as the Harry Potter movies and the still current Hunger Games outings, which has just seen the Blu-ray release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The Book Thief might seem like a somewhat odd addition to this growing sub... Read More

The Counselor Blu-ray Review
The Counselor Blu-ray Review   The Counselor Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/27/2014 12:27 PM EDT
Cormac McCarthy's name may only be instantly recognizable to the more literary minded, or at least to those who really pay attention to film credits as they whisk by, but there's little doubt that the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author has had a hand in several well regarded film triumphs. Novels by McCarthy have provided source materi... Read More

Gravity Blu-ray Review
Gravity Blu-ray Review   Gravity Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/24/2014 11:05 AM EDT
It began with a simple image: an astronaut, topping end over end, adrift in space. Over the next four years, that image evolved into Gravity: a breathtaking cinematic marvel, a stunning technical achievement and an incredibly powerful human drama worthy of winning every one of the ten Academy Awards for which it's nominated. Director Alfonso Cu... Read More

The Americans Blu-ray Review
The Americans: Season One Blu-ray Review   The Americans Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/24/2014 10:45 AM EDT
Every family has a skeleton or two in its closet, but what if that skeleton were in fact a fully flesh and blood body—like a secret identity? While The Americans may seem on its face to be slightly ridiculous, positing a couple of Soviet era KGB agents who have integrated into American society as a typical suburban couple (replete with kids w... Read More

The Fifth Estate Blu-ray Review
The Fifth Estate Blu-ray Review   The Fifth Estate Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/19/2014 2:45 PM EDT
Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate is a strangely groggy, awkwardly generic Julian Assange biopic; a made-for-TV-quality misfire with aspirations of Social Network greatness destined instead to share bargain bin real estate with the likes of Swordfish and Antitrust. Benedict Cumberbatch is miscast as a stringy haired, marble mouthed Assange... or p... Read More

Baggage Claim Blu-ray Review
Baggage Claim Blu-ray Review   Baggage Claim Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/19/2014 10:07 AM EDT
Pray tell, has Tyler Perry started working under pseudonyms other than Madea? For all intents and purposes, Baggage Claim could be yet another Perry enterprise, for it depicts glamorous, upscale African Americans confronting a host of supposedly comedic issues, with nary a hint of real character or even much story to propel the film along. This is ... Read More

Free Birds Blu-ray Review
Free Birds Blu-ray Review   Free Birds Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/19/2014 9:55 AM EDT
It's probably a good thing that the creative staff behind Free Birds decided not to go with the film's original title, Turkeys, a name which more or less would have invited snarky critical commentary. Free Birds is indeed a turkey, a kind of overly plumped and stuffed entertainment that is flightless and badly proportioned. Summing up Free ... Read More