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.

Unforgiven Blu-ray Review
Unforgiven [Book] Blu-ray Review   Unforgiven Blu-ray Review
(Penny McLean)  03/04/2012 8:32 PM EST
It's hard to believe it's been 20 years since the "modern" western masterpiece Unforgiven was released in theaters. Pausing for a moment to reflect on the timelessness of the Clint Eastwood vehicle,  a deep study of the intricate plot points which make the film so spectacular is warranted. Spoiler Alert - for the uninitiated who have... Read More

J. Edgar Blu-ray Review
J. Edgar Blu-ray Review   J. Edgar Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  02/28/2012 6:36 AM EST
Among the most colorful moments of J. Edgar are those when J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator, Inception) testifies in Congress. It is, more than anything, reminiscent of the very radicals he is espousing the dangers of, seeking increased government powers and resources to combat them. However, this is no accident, nor indictment of Ho... Read More

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Blu-ray Review
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Blu-ray Review   A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  02/08/2012 11:57 AM EST
What I didn't expect of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas was to be genuinely laughing at one of the jokes early on.  In a blatant display of ubiquitous timeliness, of which most films these days may be accused, a protester was depicted below Harold's (John Cho, Star Trek, FlashForward) office window picketing with the catchy &quo... Read More

Lady and The Tramp Blu-ray Review
Lady and The Tramp Blu-ray Review   Lady and The Tramp Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  02/06/2012 10:49 AM EST
Enhanced with High Definition, Lady and the Tramp has been released on Blu-ray for the first time. The format gives the animated film more color and sharpness that was missing when it was released in the original VHS Video format. The story of Lady and the Tramp has been around since its release in 1955,  and the tale has never lost its l... Read More

The Whistleblower Blu-ray Review
The Whistleblower Blu-ray Review   The Whistleblower Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  01/25/2012 9:27 AM EST
The Whistleblower is a film whose first act is such a mishmash of re-hashed scenes and clunky exposition that it's a little surprising how engaged we are by its end. It stars Rachel Weisz, which is reason enough to see it, and it is (we are told in the opening title) "inspired by actual events," which is reason enough to hesitate. But... Read More

What's Your Number? Blu-ray Review
What's Your Number? Blu-ray Review   What's Your Number? Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  01/25/2012 9:15 AM EST
With films like Bridesmaid, an interesting new sub-genre may have emerged thanks to its success. We now may see more movies aimed at women who come with more of an edge when it comes to frank language and visuals. For far too long, "chick flicks" have avoided having any sort of blue material, but there's a change on the horizon, as ev... Read More

Real Steel Blu-ray Review
Real Steel Blu-ray Review   Real Steel Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  01/25/2012 8:24 AM EST
Coming out on Blu-ray and DVD is the fall's almost-blockbuster film, Real Steel.  Based partially on Richard Matheson's short story "Steel", Real Steel revolves around Charlie Kenton (played by Hugh Jackman) and his boxing robot(s).  In the future, human boxing is basically gone, replaced by robots that can fight to the "de... Read More

Shark Night 3D Blu-ray Review
Shark Night 3D Blu-ray Review   Shark Night 3D Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  01/16/2012 8:07 PM EST
Over the past 2 1/2 years or so there have been two "B-movie" installations to hit theaters, the first was Piranha 3D and most recently Shark Night 3D. The former turned out to be an enjoyable, mercilessly gory romp, retaining ideal exploitation instincts and a marvelous sense of humor. The latest fish-based horror offering is "Shark... Read More

Dead Poets Society Blu-ray Review
Dead Poets Society Blu-ray Review   Dead Poets Society Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  01/16/2012 7:24 PM EST
Here's another Robin Williams release that brought him fame during the 1980's called Dead Poets Society.  Although Williams does provide some cunning comedy, it's the drama that makes him good in this film.  The first time on Blu-ray, this Academy Award Winning film for Best Screenplay looks great on my home theater, a sharp contrast over... Read More

Good Morning, Vietnam Blu-ray Review
Good Morning, Vietnam Blu-ray Review   Good Morning, Vietnam Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  01/16/2012 7:18 PM EST
I don't remember how many times I have seen Good Morning Vietnam, but after seeing it on my home theater in Blu-ray it's like the movie is new again.  I do admit it is one of my favorite films so that has something to do with it, but the quality of sight and sound here over my DVD certainly puts the film high on my library shelf. By now m... Read More