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 A-Team Theatrical Review
The A-Team Theatrical Review   The A-Team Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/29/2010 7:48 AM EST
When I heard Hollywood was once again plundering my childhood memories with a movie revival of an old TV show, I thought "you can have it". I was mildly interested that MMA fighter Quentin 'Rampage' Jackson would be starring as Mr. T, so to speak. I wondered if there was any remote possibility he could act -- not that there are su... Read More

Jonah Hex Theatrical Review
Jonah Hex Theatrical Review   Jonah Hex Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  06/21/2010 11:40 PM EST
Ever since the first successful X-men, comic-book-based films became a dime a dozen, it seems as if every month a new one appears in our local cinemas.  The flavor for the month of June 2010 is Jonah Hex. Enlisted by a Union soldier (Will Arnett), scarred bounty hunter, Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) scours the Wild West in pursuit of Turnbull (John... Read More

Toy Story 3 Theatrical Review
Toy Story 3 Theatrical Review   Toy Story 3 Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  06/17/2010 11:35 AM EST
Demonstrating you cannot keep a good toy in the attic, Disney and Pixar are at it again with their summer animation film, Toy Story 3. They are toys, they talk, at least when people aren't around, and they are back celebrating the return of the "Toy Story" franchise – but this time they are in Disney Digital 3-D!  "Toy... Read More

The Karate Kid Theatrical Review
The Karate Kid Theatrical Review   The Karate Kid Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/10/2010 11:22 PM EST
The Karate Kid of 1984, featuring Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio, on which this remake is based, is a classic coming of age story, despite the principals' lack of familiarity with any of the vagaries of the martial arts they pretended to practice.  When I heard they were remaking it, I couldn't imagine why, but for the usual cynical reasons. Lea... Read More

Solitary Man Theatrical Review
Solitary Man Theatrical Review   Solitary Man Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  06/10/2010 12:08 AM EST
It is not so much that Ben (Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Falling Down) is alone, the thematic underpinning that the advertisements for Solitary Man would have you see in this film, as it is that there is so little foundation underlying the alliances and friendships he forges that they might as well not be there at all. Ben is competitive with his ... Read More

Marmaduke Theatrical Review
Marmaduke Theatrical Review   Marmaduke Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  06/06/2010 11:24 PM EST
Old Yeller this isn't. Which is mildly amusing as Old Yeller is playing on a television in one of the movie's scenes. That's how I would summarize this movie. Mildly amusing. There are a few funny parts but this movie can't decide if it should be a canine comedy, like Beethoven, or a serious movie. Marmaduke is based on the newspaper comic strip of... Read More

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Theatrical Review
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Theatrical Review   Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  05/28/2010 12:10 AM EST
Summer 2010 started off with a bang two weeks ago with Iron Man 2 smashing its way onto the silver screen, and this Memorial Day continues the summer blockbuster streak with Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure, s... Read More

Shrek Forever After Theatrical Review
Shrek Forever After Theatrical Review   Shrek Forever After Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/24/2010 8:52 PM EST
The fourth, and at this point, I would hope the final chapter in the Shrek saga gives us Shrek Forever After. Shrek is the CGI Ogre from Dreamworks who originally made fun of the Disney franchises and gave us a crude, tough (if only cartoonishly), lovable lout of a main character. The first Shrek movie was an outside-the-box experience; and after t... Read More

Robin Hood Theatrical Review
Robin Hood Theatrical Review   Robin Hood Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  05/16/2010 1:18 AM EST
This latest adaptation of Robin Hood is quite careful in the way in which it connects itself to the traditional legend.  The dénouement serves as a sort of origin story for the Robin Hood of legend, and it is fairly believable in its inevitability, both as legend and as the natural outcome of the preceding events, that it well rewards t... Read More

Iron Man 2 Theatrical Review
Iron Man 2 Theatrical Review   Iron Man 2 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/09/2010 9:39 AM EST
Iron Man 2 was a bit of a hard sell. I very much liked the first one, but what I liked about it was the general sense of joy that Downey brought to the role. In Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, billionaire weapons dealer, who is captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan and then builds himself a suit of high-tech armor so he can escape. ... Read More