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.

Dark Skies Blu-ray Review
Dark Skies Blu-ray Review   Dark Skies Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  05/28/2013 8:52 AM EST
Believable characters played by a fine cast save Dark Skies and keep it just scary enough to make it work.  I am a fan of science fiction and especially those based on possibilities of being a reality, so I wasn't sure if I could be challenged with this film based on aliens.  After watching Dark Skies on Blu-ray one dark night however... Read More

Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Review
Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Review   Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/21/2013 11:03 AM EST
So it begins (and hopefully ends) the post Twilight era of hurried box office seizures, as studios and once-respectable filmmakers willingly sell their souls to score the next, big teen-driven supernatural mega-franchise. There's an Edward and Jacob-sized hole in adolescent cinema's still-racing heart, dear readers, and whoever manages to f... Read More

One Hour Photo Blu-ray Review
One Hour Photo Blu-ray Review   One Hour Photo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/15/2013 11:06 AM EST
Think hard—when was the last time you dropped off a roll of 35mm film at a photo lab for processing and prints? It's probably been close to a decade, as digital cameras first outsold film models around 2003. For a lot of people, even the idea of getting prints made from digital files off of a memory card seems quaint, especially now that ... Read More

The Oranges Blu-ray Review
The Oranges Blu-ray Review   The Oranges Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  05/14/2013 10:50 AM EST
Working on the premise that a beautiful much younger woman could fall for a very much older man The Oranges targets an audience that understands a mid-life crisis. Describing the film as a scandal of sex and betrayal by the producers, in this day and age where nothing's impossible The Oranges fails to shock.  Even though the acting gets very g... Read More

Safe Haven Blu-ray Review
Safe Haven Blu-ray Review   Safe Haven Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  05/14/2013 10:44 AM EST
This mysterious and romantic film Safe Haven does a good job of twisting and turning through a very good script featuring stellar actors.  The plot starts with action and ends in a thriller under the fine direction of Lasse Hallström who's noted for the recent Salmon Fishing in Yemen.  The chemistry between actors Josh Duhamel and Ju... Read More

Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights: 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review   Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/09/2013 9:22 AM EST
Rush Hour has frequently been referred to as Jackie Chan's English-language breakthrough, and, at least from a box-office standpoint, there's truth to that claim. However, much of what makes a Chan performance special was missing from that film, as the Hong Kong actor spent much of the time in the shadow of the flamboyant Chris Tucker. Shan... Read More

Broken City Blu-ray Review
Broken City Blu-ray Review   Broken City Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/07/2013 11:20 AM EST
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)  05/06/2013 9:36 AM EST
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)  04/18/2013 7:25 PM EST
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)  04/09/2013 8:40 AM EST
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