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.

McFarland, USA Blu-ray Review
McFarland, USA   McFarland, USA Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  06/10/2015 12:38 PM EDT
If you've seen Lean On Me or Stand And Deliver, you've pretty much seen McFarland USA.  Impoverished students succeeding against the odds; encouraged by their teacher to achieve greatness despite their surroundings.  The difference here is merely the location – instead of inner-city ghettos,  McFarland,... Read More

The Duff Blu-ray Review
The Duff   The Duff Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  06/09/2015 2:01 PM EDT
Every high school movie has the usual cast of characters and The DUFF is no different.  There is Madison (Bella Thorne; Shake It Up, Blended) – the popular, beautiful, mean Homecoming queen, Wesley (Rob Amell; True Jackson VP) – the star quarterback that is friends with everyone but not especially bright, and Bianca (Mae Whitman; P... Read More

Jupiter Ascending Blu-ray Review
Jupiter Ascending   Jupiter Ascending Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  06/02/2015 10:25 AM EDT
Jupiter Ascending, the latest science fiction film from the creators of The Matrix (the Wachowskis'), creates a world in which the rich are reincarnated, people are spliced with animal DNA, and human beings are processed for their life force to keep them young.Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis; Ted, Black Swan) has a boring, miserable life. ... Read More

Focus Blu-ray Review
Focus   Focus Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/28/2015 11:52 AM EDT
I get why they named the movie Focus.  As Will Smith's (Men in Black, Ali) character, Nicky, explains the trick to being a good con artist is to shift the victim's focus away from what you are really trying to do.   Unfortunately, I felt neither the need nor inclination to actually focus on watching this movie.  Coming to Blu-ra... Read More

American Sniper Blu-ray Review
American Sniper   American Sniper Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/18/2015 10:22 PM EDT
Critically acclaimed, and Academy award nominated, American Sniper heads to stores May 19th on Blu-ray/DVD/ Ultraviolet combo pack.  Based on Chris Kyle's autobiography, the movie makes you think beyond the typical war story.  While there are still the dead bodies, the film makes the audience think beyond the bullets to... Read More

White Collar DVD Review
White Collar Season Six   White Collar DVD Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/12/2015 10:36 PM EDT
I had heard a lot of good things about the acclaimed USA Network show White Collar but I had never actually seen it so I wasn't sure what to expect when I dove, head first, in to the final six episodes of the series.  Season six, out on DVD today, was short and sweet and apparently tied up a lot of loose ends for fans that have been watchi... Read More

Black or White Blu-ray Review
Black or White   Black or White Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  05/12/2015 11:37 AM EDT
When Black or White came to the FlickDirect office for review I couldn't figure out how I missed a movie starring Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams, Draft Day) and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Insurgent).  Two powerhouses headline a film directed by Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger, Reign Over Me), what could be bad?  Turns out there is a ... Read More

Cake Blu-ray Review
Cake   Cake Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  04/30/2015 10:56 PM EDT
Claire Bennett (Jenifer Aniston; Friends, Horrible Bosses) is in a lot of pain.  Continual, excruciating pain.  Physical pain, mental pain and, most importantly, emotional pain.  She doesn't know how to stop the pain; or rather she does, but can't get enough determination together to end her life so she teeters between living a hollo... Read More

Inherent Vice Blu-ray Review
Inherent Vice   Inherent Vice Blu-ray Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  04/29/2015 10:37 PM EDT
Inherent vice: noun Hidden defect (or the very nature) of a good or property which of itself is the cause of (or contributes to) its deterioration, damage, or wastage. Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, the 2014 Academy award-nominated movie Inherent Vice is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Starring a long l... Read More

The Mentalist DVD Review
The Mentalist: The Complete Seventh Season   The Mentalist DVD Review
(Allison Hazlett-Rose)  04/28/2015 11:27 AM EDT
The award winning series, The Mentalist, ended its seven season run this spring and is out on DVD this week.  For fans of the show this short season wraps up the series with a neat little bow.  While it remains the same basic formula as past seasons, the "flavor" of the show changed by end of season six and that influence permea... Read More



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