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.

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

Metallica: Through the Never Blu-ray Review
Metallica: Through the Never Blu-ray Review   Metallica: Through the Never Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/13/2014 10:04 AM EDT
It's tough out there for a concert film these days. Ever since Miley Cyrus brought Hannah Montana to box office gold in 2008, Hollywood has been chasing the big money with efforts devoted to The Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and One Direction. The genre receives a much needed kick in the behind with "Metallica: Through the Never,&... Read More

Million Dollar Baby Blu-ray Review
Million Dollar Baby Blu-ray Review   Million Dollar Baby Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  2/13/2014 9:07 AM EDT
For the tenth anniversary of Clint Eastwood's multi-Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, Warner Home Video is reissuing the title on Blu-ray, having previously released it in November 2006, in the format's early days. However, Blu-ray fans will be disappointed to learn that, despite over seven years of advances in the technology and craft of ... Read More

Enough Said Blu-ray Review
Enough Said Blu-ray Review   Enough Said Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/27/2014 4:24 PM EDT
Will James Gandolfini be the latest recipient of a posthumous Academy Award nomination? The Academy Awards haven't been shy about recognizing deceased performers and behind the scenes craftsmen from literally the first year the statuettes were handed out. Many other less generally known names have received at least nominations through the years... Read More

Archer Blu-ray Review
Archer: The Complete Season Four Blu-ray Review   Archer Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/27/2014 4:07 PM EDT
It's been a longstanding conceit for television shows featuring the same production houses or other creative staff to occasionally cross-promote themselves by having various characters show up on sibling series. The incestuous "rural" comedies that were CBS' mainstay in the 1960s are a prime example, with various characters in The... Read More

Carrie Blu-ray Review
Carrie Blu-ray Review   Carrie Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/20/2014 9:58 AM EDT
Interviewed about the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, actor Jackie Earle Haley was asked why anyone would want to step into the shoes of Robert Englund in the iconic role of Freddy Krueger. Haley gave an interesting answer. He pointed out that the studio was going to remake the film whether or not he took the role. Why not see what he cou... Read More

Runner Runner Blu-ray Review
Runner Runner Blu-ray Review   Runner Runner Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/17/2014 10:31 AM EDT
The internet has probably been as much of a curse as it has been a blessing, and perhaps nowhere is that first tendency as clearly evident as in the case of online gambling. In days of yore, one had to go to physical establishments (most of them in places like Las Vegas) to get a dose of adrenaline as dice were tossed or cards were dealt. But with ... Read More

Don Jon Blu-ray Review
Don Jon Blu-ray Review   Don Jon Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/10/2014 10:46 AM EDT
Once the scrawny kid from "3rd Rock From the Sun," Gordon-Levitt has filled out for the role of a modern-day Don Juan, who is first seen deep in the throes of orgasm. Looking like a castaway from "Jersey Shore," gym-built, greasy-haired bartender Jon has been getting his jollies from explicit videos three, four, sometimes 10 tim... Read More

Big Blu-ray Review
Big Blu-ray Review   Big Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/3/2014 4:20 PM EDT
It's a truism that kids can't wait to grow up, while adults, especially those of a certain age, wouldn't mind shaving a few years off of their adulthood to return to a more youthful time. That latter formulation is almost always tempered with statements like "if I knew then what I know now," a summation of one of the salient p... Read More

The Family Blu-ray Review
The Family Blu-ray Review   The Family Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  1/3/2014 3:33 PM EDT
Luc Besson's recent film The Family ups the ante of ridiculousness protection by placing an entire family under witness protection and then shipping them off to the picturesque region of Normandy in France. Besson is of course better known for exploiting the visceral action adventure activity of criminals in films like Léon: The Professi... Read More