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.

Broken City Blu-ray Review
Broken City Blu-ray Review   Broken City Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  5/7/2013 11:20 AM EDT
Midway through Broken City, one character incredulously remarks, "Private eyes still exist?" The gumshoe-for-hire profession does seem old-fashioned and mostly unnecessary now. You could describe Broken City the same way: old-fashioned and mostly unnecessary. Penned by first-time screenwriter Brian Tucker and directed solo by Allen Hughes... Read More

Cloud Atlas Blu-ray Review
Cloud Atlas Blu-ray Review   Cloud Atlas Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  5/6/2013 9:36 AM EDT
Ambitious doesn't even begin to describe "Cloud Atlas," which marks the first collaboration between Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Powerhouse screen visionaries, the trio find an unusual harmony for their mighty endeavor, providing a smooth melt of specialized sensibilities as they tackle an adaptation of an "unfilmable"... Read More

Gangster Squad Blu-ray Review
Gangster Squad Blu-ray Review   Gangster Squad Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/18/2013 7:25 PM EDT
Gangster Squad hinges on violence and little more, and with it comes an odd, slack-jawed silliness. The film aspires for Untouchables greatness but bumbles all the elements that make Brian De Palma and David Mamet's 1987 crime drama great. It longs to be L.A. Confidential but falls closer to The Black Dahlia. It desperately paws at the classics... Read More

Les Miserables Blu-ray Review
Les Miserables Blu-ray Review   Les Miserables Blu-ray Review
(Adam Rose)  4/9/2013 8:40 AM EDT
While not a fan of musicals, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Les Miserables on Blu Ray ever since falling in love with the film in theaters.  For weeks the music, characters, and drama stayed glued to a sentimental part of my mind.  When the Blu-ray finally arrived, I wasted no time ripping it open and exploring.  ... Read More

Parental Guidance Blu-ray Review
Parental Guidance Blu-ray Review   Parental Guidance Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/4/2013 8:29 AM EDT
Billy Crystal hasn't starred in a major motion picture since 2002, where he burned off considerable audience goodwill with the abysmal sequel, "Analyze That." There was a bit part in the "Tooth Fairy" with Dwayne Johnson, but let's not dogpile on the guy. Considering he's been away from screen comedy for an eternity in Hollywood... Read More

The Sweeney DVD Review
The Sweeney DVD Review   The Sweeney DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  4/3/2013 1:10 PM EDT
"The Sweeney" is based on a British television series that began in 1975, making its American theatrical run a little on the baffling side, though one should never doubt the drawing power of Ray Winstone. The beefy, growling actor makes a fine if familiar impression in this hard-charging actioner, giving depressingly conventional material... Read More

Lincoln Blu-ray Review
Lincoln Blu-ray Review   Lincoln Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  3/26/2013 4:13 PM EDT
Whenever Steven Spielberg has stood trial for a crime against cinema, it's been a crime of passion. With the exception of Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark -- each a perfect movie, if such a thing exists -- Spielberg's vice has long been his love of the tale, the art and the craft. He plucks heartstrings once too often. He extends an otherwi... Read More

Hitchcock Blu-ray Review
Hitchcock Blu-ray Review   Hitchcock Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  3/26/2013 9:41 AM EDT
Now available on Blu-Ray & DVD is Fox Searchlight's Academy-Award nominated film Hitchcock.  (Nominated in the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category)  It stars Anthony Hopkins in the title role, with Helen Mirren playing his wife Alma, and features Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh.  While the title is just Hitchcock, the movie ... Read More

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Blu-ray Review
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Blu-ray Review   The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  3/22/2013 4:11 PM EDT
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is another one of Disney's underrated films. This was released in the mid 90′s right when Pixar made their mark with their computer generated animated films like "Toy Story". "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" didn't make the cut with its "boring" 2D animation and was not given ... Read More

Mulan Blu-ray Review
Mulan Blu-ray Review   Mulan Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  3/22/2013 3:15 PM EDT
"Mulan" was at the tail end of Disney's hand-drawn animation success and it seems as though it was one Disney's more underrated successes.  The music and songs are memorable and it has fun characters like Mushu (Eddie Murphy).  The film also creates another classic Disney princess, who is not only pretty but also very strong... Read More