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.

Next of Kin Blu-ray Review
Next of Kin   Next of Kin Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/27/2012 9:58 AM EDT
In 1987, Patrick Swayze scored a sleeper smash with "Dirty Dancing," catapulting the actor to bigger and better roles in Hollywood, offering a shot at starring vehicles after years of supporting work. In 1990, Swayze hit the jackpot with "Ghost," a bona fide blockbuster that made him a household name, using sensual pottery and a... Read More

Murder In The First Blu-ray Review
Murder In The First   Murder In The First Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/26/2012 8:52 PM EDT
"Based on a true story," those are loaded words. By that standard the undeniably affecting Murder in the First, which takes major factual liberties, is bound to get bashed. Here's the true part: Henri Young — Kevin Bacon in a blistering performance — hit prison at 17 for stealing five bucks from a post office. In 1938, Hen... Read More

A Perfect Murder Blu-ray Review
A Perfect Murder   A Perfect Murder Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/26/2012 8:46 PM EDT
A Perfect Murder is based on the same 1952 stage play by Frederick Knott that Alfred Hitchcock memorably filmed as Dial M for Murder. Hitchcock kept the play's title and much of its dialogue, and he also retained its limited setting, where most of the action was confined to a London apartment inhabited by an unfaithful wife and her homicidally ... Read More

The Astronaut's Wife Blu-ray Review
The Astronaut's Wife   The Astronaut's Wife Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/26/2012 9:15 AM EDT
The Astronaut's Wife isn't Rosemary's Baby in Space but it does inch awfully close, though. So close that it invites a host of unfavorable comparisons to Roman Polanski's critically acclaimed 1968 classic. Yes, writer/director Rand Ravich's slow sci-fi chiller sort of works, particularly as it follows Charlize Theron on a rather... Read More

Phenomenon Blu-ray Review
Phenomenon   Phenomenon Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/25/2012 8:43 AM EDT
In 1994 John Travolta was rescued from the Look Who's Talking sequels when Pulp Fiction reminded everyone of the unique magnetism with which he could invest almost any character. For the next six years—that is, until Battlefield Earth put some doubt in our minds—Travolta racked up one success after another, if not always financially... Read More

Margaret Blu-ray Review
Margaret   Margaret Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  07/24/2012 1:59 PM EDT
It took a while to recover from watching the movie Margaret, but it sure is worth the watch.  Now available on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack the very poignant and psychological film digs into some of life's disturbing behaviors to tell the story of a teen hardened by societies deep-seated challenges.  If you would like to be immersed in a fa... Read More

The  Horse Whisper Blu-ray Review
The Horse Whisper   The  Horse Whisper Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/24/2012 10:14 AM EDT
Toward the middle of "The Horse Whisperer," Robert Redford locks eyes with his co-star. They stare at each other for a long time without speaking, as if the depth of their feeling can't be expressed in words. Redford has had this intense chemistry with many actresses over the years, but in this case the eyes he is looking into be... Read More

Frequency Blu-ray Review
Frequency   Frequency Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  07/17/2012 3:42 PM EDT
Now out on Blu-ray for the first time Frequency, an exciting and intriguing film with a lot of twists, gives home video consumers a chance to see the film upgraded for digital televisions. Loaded with special features that include commentaries by the filmmakers, the added treat makes the experience even better. Being a Sci-fi enthusiast, movie... Read More

Outland Blu-ray Review
Outland   Outland Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  07/17/2012 3:37 PM EDT
The science fiction thriller Outland has some very exciting special effects that could stand up to today's in comparison.  Now on Blu-ray for the first time, the special formatting, HD process and slick transfer to the new format makes the film even better on this second home video go around.  If you like outer space fantasy and if you ha... Read More

Evita Blu-ray Review
Evita   Evita Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  07/17/2012 3:30 PM EDT
Evita's stature has grown with the passage of time, and even if you feel (as many fans do) that Alan Parker's 1996 film adaptation doesn't capture the electricity of the stage musical at its best, the movie remains one of the most effective stage-to-screen adaptations of the last thirty years. For all the attention she garnered dur... Read More



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