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 Middle DVD Review
The Middle DVD Review   The Middle DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/12/2014 10:27 AM EST
One of my biggest issues with the entertainment industry is that it doesn't seem to have a clue about the socio-economic situation of most Americans. How many times have you watched a movie where a "normal, middle-class" family lives in a 5-bedroom house? Or a TV show where the family lives in a huge house and the kids all share a roo... Read More

Legit DVD Review
Legit DVD Review   Legit DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  03/12/2014 10:05 AM EST
Stand-up comedy is no laughing matter. Well, let me rephrase that. The business of stand-up comedy is no laughing matter. Australian stand up Jim Jefferies isn't exactly a household name in the United States, but he's the latest comedian to try to transport his routines, at times whole cloth, into an often snarky sitcom format. If the most ... Read More

300: Rise Of An Empire Theatrical Review
300: Rise Of An Empire Theatrical Review   300: Rise Of An Empire Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  03/05/2014 9:13 AM EST
Not all sequels of movies work unless they were a blockbuster, had an unfinished story to tell and had characters that were likeable enough to warrant more screen time. In the case of 300: Rise of an Empire it had an uphill battle to capture all three of the justifications and it comes out on top.  With a graphic novelist like Frank Miller (Ro... Read More

Non-Stop Theatrical Review
Non-Stop Theatrical Review   Non-Stop Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  02/28/2014 9:02 AM EST
Filled with suspense and edge of your seat thrills, Non-Stop does a good job of keeping the audience off balance to the very end.   Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who helmed the horror thriller Orphan combined with notables in lead roles, the film has excellent potential for a good weekend run.  If you like your movies taut with twis... Read More

The Counselor Blu-ray Review
The Counselor Blu-ray Review   The Counselor Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/27/2014 12:27 PM EST
Cormac McCarthy's name may only be instantly recognizable to the more literary minded, or at least to those who really pay attention to film credits as they whisk by, but there's little doubt that the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning author has had a hand in several well regarded film triumphs. Novels by McCarthy have provided source materi... Read More

Gravity Blu-ray Review
Gravity Blu-ray Review   Gravity Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/24/2014 11:05 AM EST
It began with a simple image: an astronaut, topping end over end, adrift in space. Over the next four years, that image evolved into Gravity: a breathtaking cinematic marvel, a stunning technical achievement and an incredibly powerful human drama worthy of winning every one of the ten Academy Awards for which it's nominated. Director Alfonso Cu... Read More

The Americans Blu-ray Review
The Americans: Season One Blu-ray Review   The Americans Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/24/2014 10:45 AM EST
Every family has a skeleton or two in its closet, but what if that skeleton were in fact a fully flesh and blood body—like a secret identity? While The Americans may seem on its face to be slightly ridiculous, positing a couple of Soviet era KGB agents who have integrated into American society as a typical suburban couple (replete with kids w... Read More

3 Days to Kill Theatrical Review
3 Days to Kill Theatrical Review   3 Days to Kill Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  02/20/2014 3:28 PM EST
Emotionally and action charged 3 Days to Kill features a fine cast, direction by McG and top notch cinematography.  The CIA thriller follows a script by Luc Beeson who also oversaw the movie as producer.  Taught drama mixed with situation comedy makes for a cool secret agent film that should appeal to age 13 plus moviegoers.  Th... Read More

The Fifth Estate Blu-ray Review
The Fifth Estate Blu-ray Review   The Fifth Estate Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/19/2014 2:45 PM EST
Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate is a strangely groggy, awkwardly generic Julian Assange biopic; a made-for-TV-quality misfire with aspirations of Social Network greatness destined instead to share bargain bin real estate with the likes of Swordfish and Antitrust. Benedict Cumberbatch is miscast as a stringy haired, marble mouthed Assange... or p... Read More

Baggage Claim Blu-ray Review
Baggage Claim Blu-ray Review   Baggage Claim Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  02/19/2014 10:07 AM EST
Pray tell, has Tyler Perry started working under pseudonyms other than Madea? For all intents and purposes, Baggage Claim could be yet another Perry enterprise, for it depicts glamorous, upscale African Americans confronting a host of supposedly comedic issues, with nary a hint of real character or even much story to propel the film along. This is ... Read More