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.

Takers Theatrical Review
Takers Theatrical Review   Takers Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  8/26/2010 8:36 PM EDT
Forever may he be cursed.  You might not even notice, but Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II, Jumper) joins a crew mostly of his thespian superiors for Takers, a film that begins as a competently executed heist flick, and turns into something quite other than that.The trouble with all heist films is that we're expected to view the p... Read More

The Switch Theatrical Review
The Switch Theatrical Review   The Switch Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  8/19/2010 2:52 PM EDT
The Switch, based on a short story by Jeffrey Eugenides, stars Jennifer Aniston (Kassie) and Jason Batman (Wally).  They are two best friends and are going through their own middle-age crises.  Aniston is anxious to move on and have a child, while Bateman is a bit of a neurotic -- trying to figure out his suppressed feelings he has for hi... Read More

The Expendables Theatrical Review
The Expendables Theatrical Review   The Expendables Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  8/15/2010 12:48 PM EDT
The Expendables is a no holds barred, make no apologies, straight up action flick. Within the first ten minutes of the movie we see what kind of guys we are dealing with and what we can expect from them throughout the course of the movie. We have assembled a who's who of action stars, ranging from the early eighties and right up to the present. Wit... Read More

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Theatrical Review
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Theatrical Review   Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  8/14/2010 10:25 PM EDT
Believe it or not but the growth of the comic book movie has been going on for about the past 20 years now. It began, for some of you, with Tim Burtons Batman. That movie was a great success. It was able to spawn a few sequels, regardless of whether or not they were any good. It caught Hollywood's attention and we started to see more movies like th... Read More

The Other Guys Theatrical Review
The Other Guys Theatrical Review   The Other Guys Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  8/8/2010 1:24 PM EDT
In the tradition of buddy cop movies and television shows, like Miami Vice, Starsky & Hutch, Lethal Weapon, and Dragnet comes The Other Guys.  But what does that title have to do with those buddy cop movies?  Well, this is the story of the other cops, that you only see in the background of those stories.  The ones that don't get ... Read More

Dinner For Schmucks Theatrical Review
Dinner For Schmucks Theatrical Review   Dinner For Schmucks Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  7/30/2010 9:38 AM EDT
Where should we place him on the Michael Scott axis?  It is the first question brought to our minds by the appearance of by now quite typecast Steve Carell (The Office, The 40-Year Old Virgin).  It is easiest to say in this regard, though perhaps a bit unfairly, that Barry (Carell) is a slightly nicer and more creative Michael Scott with ... Read More

Salt Theatrical Review
Salt Theatrical Review   Salt Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  7/23/2010 2:20 AM EDT
Salt may be a spy movie, but we begin by eschewing the spy movie form in favor of the slightly awkward introduction of plot device Mike (August Diehl, Inglourious Basterds), followed by headlong ascent into what seems to be a fugitive film.  In pursuit of Salt (Angelina Jolie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, A Mighty Heart) seem to be exactly the cha... Read More

Cyrus Theatrical Review
Cyrus Theatrical Review   Cyrus Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  7/17/2010 10:53 AM EDT
The film sub-genre of Mumblecore has been around since 2002.  They are characterized by improvised scripts spoken by un-proven actors on shoestring budgets.  The plots are simplistic, people talking about what people talk about as they would normally talk.  Nothing particularly spectacular happens and it's okay.  Slowly, the dir... Read More

Inception Theatrical Review
Inception Theatrical Review   Inception Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  7/17/2010 9:17 AM EDT
I did not intend to write a review for Inception.  I didn't want to.  If I plan on writing about a film, I take my notebook and write my notes by glow of the silver screen.  However, when I entered the midnight showing, I went empty handed.  I just wanted to sit back and enjoy the ride.  The lights dimmed; the film played; ... Read More

Despicable Me Theatrical Review
Despicable Me Theatrical Review   Despicable Me Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  7/14/2010 3:12 PM EDT
According to voice actor, Steve Carell (The Office) Gru sounds like a cross between Ricardo Montalban and Bela Lugosi.  He is a bald-headed, pointed-nosed super villain who carries out astounding thefts and is gearing up for his biggest triumph yet -- stealing the moon.  However, life as a super villain is not all it could be.  Of co... Read More