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.

The Hangover Part III Blu-ray Review
The Hangover Part III   The Hangover Part III Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/07/2013 3:16 PM EST
Before it birthed a trilogy, Todd Phillips' The Hangover was an overnight smash and surprise box office behemoth, earning over $460 million worldwide. It split audiences -- some declared it the comedy of the year, others continue to wonder what all the fuss was about -- but those who embraced the Wolfpack from the get-go at least had good reaso... Read More

The East Blu-ray Review
The East   The East Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/04/2013 11:16 AM EST
The apple that's bruised on one side, the slightly stale bag of chips, and the carton of milk three days past its "expiration" date. All usually end up in the garbage. A recent NPR article highlights the obvious but too often overlooked paradox: "Hundreds of millions of people go hungry, and yet we waste a whopping 1.43 billion t... Read More

House of Wax Blu-ray Review
House of Wax   House of Wax Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/04/2013 10:23 AM EST
This is the classic version of House of Wax, from 1953, starring Vincent Price, with its storied 3D visual production that helped set the 1950s 3D craze alight. A lavish remaking of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum (provided on this disc as well), and miles above the 2005 slasher remake, House of Wax was ironically directed by the one-eyed A... Read More

The Big Parade Blu-ray Review
The Big Parade   The Big Parade Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/04/2013 10:01 AM EST
Though its impact may be reduced by decades of brilliant war-themed classics such as Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, The Dam Busters, and Das Boot, King Vidor's 1925 silent classic The Big Parade laid the groundwork for all of the films that would follow in its wake. Originally meant as a small production, upon seeing the early footage, MGM ga... Read More

The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Review
The Little Mermaid   The Little Mermaid Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  10/02/2013 12:22 PM EST
No one factor was singularly responsible for The Little Mermaid's success. It wasn't a surefire hit from the outset. Walt Disney Animation wasn't riding high, gaining momentum or in the midst of restoring its reputation. (Yet.) A new era in Disney animation had yet to begin, much less be realized or dubbed the Disney Renaissance. In Nov... Read More

Leverage DVD Review
Leverage: The Fifth Season   Leverage DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  09/27/2013 3:08 PM EST
Yes, Grifters, it's still sad that "Leverage" is no more, but at least we got a final season DVD set, which was released Tuesday, Sept. 17, and like the previous seasons' DVDs, it's packed with extras.For those of who don't know, "Leverage" starred Timothy Hutton as Nathan "Nate" Ford a former insurance inv... Read More

Homeland Blu-ray Review
Homeland: The Complete Second Season   Homeland Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  09/26/2013 1:56 PM EST
With a series so tightly wound as Homeland season 1, seemingly meant for a self-contained, miniseries-style run, there are two real dangers of extending the story. To extend past shelf life, they could just modify the tail end of the story, dragging resolution on and on, until viewers get tired of being so blatantly manipulated, and the network put... Read More

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia DVD Review
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 8   It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  09/25/2013 9:16 AM EST
There are different reasons to watch television. Some people want to live vicariously through the characters, finding adventure and excitement. Some people want to weep with the characters as unending challenges face their emotionally-driven lives. Some people just want to laugh.Over the years, with dramas coming and going to varying degrees of suc... Read More

The Fly Blu-ray Review
The Fly   The Fly Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  09/24/2013 4:30 PM EST
Horror films have often been the poor stepchildren of the film industry, relegated to B-movies or less than stellar production quality, including often less than A-list talent both in front of and behind the camera. Universal may have built much of its early empire on horror flicks like Frankenstein and Dracula, but at the time of those films' ... Read More

Iron Man 3 Blu-ray Review
Iron Man 3   Iron Man 3 Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  09/23/2013 12:31 PM EST
The ashes still not settled when it burned up the box-office in May of this year, the action thriller Iron Man 3 slams into home theaters in a Blu-ray combo pack. The movie with its HD Master Audio transfer from the theatrical release can shake the family room with the right equipment.  The movie cashed in with over $1billion ticket sales from... Read More