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.

Devil's Due Blu-ray Review
Devil's Due Blu-ray Review   Devil's Due Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/15/2014 12:36 PM EDT
The Devil's Due, starring relatively unknowns Zach Gilford and Allison McCall, was filmed in a manner that to say the least is not my favorite—found footage. The film reminds me of Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project, although it is thankfully a little less shaky than the latter. Shot on what is supposedly home video and hidde... Read More

Her Blu-ray Review
Her Blu-ray Review   Her Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/13/2014 11:56 AM EDT
Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and the voice of Scarlett Johansson, is as unique as they come. The Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, set some time in the future, emphasizes humans' disconnection with each other in a computerized society.  In the film, Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), recently separated fro... Read More

Son of Batman Blu-ray Review
Son of Batman Blu-ray Review   Son of Batman Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/7/2014 10:27 AM EDT
I wasn't looking forward to Son of Batman. Of course I know about Batman and have watched all the feature movies, but this was a cartoon for kids. Apparently, I was wrong on that score. This movie was definitely not like the cartoon version I remember as a kid, and it's PG-13-rating-appropriate. The style of the movie reminded me more of a ... Read More

Veronica Mars: The Movie Blu-ray Review
Veronica Mars: The Movie Blu-ray Review   Veronica Mars: The Movie Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  5/1/2014 12:05 PM EDT
For fans of Veronica Mars, the TV series about a teenage outcast and private detective, the long awaited film version of the television show was a long time coming. It had been seven years since the television show went off the air, and hungry fans who were longing for more of one of their favorite characters were given a unique opportunity to help... Read More

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Review
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Review   The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Review
(Michelle Koesten)  4/25/2014 11:44 AM EDT
Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) has a lot of adversity in his life.  His job as a Negative Asset Manager at Life Magazine is in question, with the magazine having been taken over by new management.  They have all been told that the next issue is the final printed one.  Walter's new boss is a snarky, condescending character who delight... Read More

Norma Rae Blu-ray Review
Norma Rae Blu-ray Review   Norma Rae Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/16/2014 2:36 PM EDT
Lots of people probably rolled their eyes when Sally Field was announced as the star of Norma Rae, Martin Ritt's 1979 film about a blue collar union activist in the Deep South. Sally Field? In 1979, Field was hardly the celebrated actress she is today. Sure, she had proven her acting bona fides in the television movie Sybil, but for many she wa... Read More

The Nut Job Blu-ray Review
The Nut Job Blu-ray Review   The Nut Job Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/15/2014 2:49 PM EDT
In the current state of CGI animation, projects are either massive blockbuster entries with a regal voice cast or disposable cartoons with actors taking work to impress their kids. "The Nut Job" follows last Thanksgiving's "Free Birds" in the forgettable category, with the potential of a spiraling 3D caper featuring squirrels an... Read More

Fargo Blu-ray Review
Fargo Blu-ray Review   Fargo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/15/2014 2:40 PM EDT
A film about greed and violence that is sometimes classified as a comedy proved to be Joel and Ethan Coen's first major breakthrough to mainstream audiences. Earning seven Academy Award nominations and winning two—Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress—Fargo shows the darkest and brightest sides of humanity against a backdrop of ... Read More

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

Dragons: Riders of Berk DVD Review
Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1 DVD Review   Dragons: Riders of Berk DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/4/2014 11:04 AM EDT
If you're a fan of DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon", they you need to check out this follow-up animated TV series "Dragons" if you haven't already. The first season of this show was subtitled "Riders of Berk" and included 20 episodes. The second season which just finished airing this month was subtitle... Read More