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.

Norma Rae Blu-ray Review
Norma Rae   Norma Rae Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/16/2014 2:36 PM EST
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   The Nut Job Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/15/2014 2:49 PM EST
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   Fargo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/15/2014 2:40 PM EST
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   The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  04/09/2014 9:02 AM EST
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

The Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review
The Jungle Book 2   The Jungle Book 2 Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  04/01/2014 12:35 PM EST
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   Out of the Furnace Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/26/2014 2:59 PM EST
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   The Book Thief Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/24/2014 12:26 PM EST
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   The Counselor Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/27/2014 12:27 PM EST
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   Gravity Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/24/2014 11:05 AM EST
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   The Americans Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/24/2014 10:45 AM EST
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