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.

Epic Blu-ray Review
Epic   Epic Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  08/27/2013 10:38 AM EDT
The title of Blue Sky Studios' latest animated film seems to be both ironic and sincere, the former because Epic is concerned with an incredibly small-scale view—it stars little woodland creatures and a race of tiny, fairy-like humans—and the latter because the film tries to mount a large-scale action-adventure that pits the forces ... Read More

The Great Gatsby Blu-ray Review
The Great Gatsby   The Great Gatsby Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  08/26/2013 9:45 AM EDT
There's no shortness of irony swirling around Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, a slick but shallow retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. From Strictly Ballroom to Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! to Australia, the famously ritzy, operatic visionary is known for elevating, even celebrating style over substance. Sub... Read More

The Muppet Movie Blu-ray Review
The Muppet Movie: The Nearly 35th Anniversary Edition   The Muppet Movie Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  08/15/2013 3:32 PM EDT
The first, some would argue best Muppets movie could have easily been the last. On-set tensions between director James Frawley and producer Jim Henson could have spilled over into the film. Henson's hand-stitched felt puppets could have failed to make the transition from the cozy confines of a television room to the revealing expanse of the big... Read More

Quicksilver Blu-ray Review
Quicksilver   Quicksilver Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  08/06/2013 9:27 AM EDT
One of the best street action films of the 1980's Quicksilver has finally come to Blu-ray, but as far as quality of presentation it may be a bit too late.  The movie was released in 1986 and filled the big screen with excitement and high energy.  The bicycle riding scenes are spectacular and the story intriguing. I recommend the film ... Read More

Trance Blu-ray Review
Trance   Trance Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  08/05/2013 3:28 PM EDT
Woody Allen famously said, "The heart wants what the heart wants," but what we often forget is that everything we attribute to the "heart" is actually a product of the brain—its twisting neural pathways, its reserves of memory, its manufactured construction of the self. And the brain can easily be fooled or otherwise manip... Read More

Twixt Blu-ray Review
Twixt   Twixt Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  08/05/2013 11:02 AM EDT
Who'd've thought we'd see the day when the once-great Francis Ford Coppola, the director who brought us The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, would be reduced to releasing a cringe-worthy straight-to-video horror movie? Twixt was born out of a Poe-like, particularly melancholy dream the filmmaker had a few years ago after a drunken night in... Read More

Oblivion Blu-ray Review
Oblivion   Oblivion Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  08/05/2013 10:49 AM EDT
"Oblivion" is sci-fi entertainment that recalls genre pictures from the 1980s and ‘70s, where character and spectacle were more evenly matched. It's a strikingly designed and photographed effort that indulges only a handful of blockbuster bonanza moments, more attentive to its exploration of identity and paranoia, almost old fas... Read More

Love Me Tender Blu-ray Review
Love Me Tender   Love Me Tender Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  07/31/2013 9:44 AM EDT
Before Love Me Tender was released at the movie theaters, Elvis Presley had already become a worldwide sensation.  Being his first film, although quite campy by today's standards and released in Black & White, he's featured as ‘introducing'. But even though he played a smaller role Elvis put the moviegoers into theater seats. Now on ... Read More

6 Souls Blu-ray Review
6 Souls   6 Souls Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  06/27/2013 2:12 PM EDT
Disturbing and violent the mystery thriller 6 Souls creates a cool brand of horror that creeps and surprises.  The film has very good acting, good direction and some excellent cinematography with special effects.  Now on Blu-ray and DVD the movie makes for a spooky night in your home. The story centers on forensic psychologist Dr. Ca... Read More

Stoker Blu-ray Review
Stoker   Stoker Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  06/26/2013 1:36 PM EDT
A "stoker," for those of you who don't know, is someone who adds fuel to a fire. Gets it roaring, heated up, feeding the flames. This is the underlying metaphor of Stoker, a twisted coming-of-age thriller about a morbid teenaged girl whose inner appetites—sexual and otherwise—are fed by a charismatic long-lost uncle who ar... Read More