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.

Gran Torino Theatrical Review
Gran Torino Theatrical Review   Gran Torino Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/12/2009 7:26 PM EDT
Eastwood, at 78, is a living-film legend.  He personifies power, manliness, determination, and grit.   He is a rare breed of star who proves as comfortable behind a camera as in front of it; and if the passage of time makes it likely that we really are seeing the last of his acting career, coming off Gran Torino, I think I can say we... Read More

Valkyrie Theatrical Review
Valkyrie Theatrical Review   Valkyrie Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  12/29/2008 9:06 PM EDT
This honestly is a hard movie to review.  We can give away the plot, since it's based on a true story (they don't kill Hitler), so all that's left is the technical aspects of the film.Valkyrie has an amazing mix of very talented actors, that at times appeared to be a reunion from Pirates of the Caribbean.  Bill Nighy (Davey Jones) plays G... Read More

The Day the Earth Stood Still Theatrical Review
The Day the Earth Stood Still Theatrical Review   The Day the Earth Stood Still Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/21/2008 12:42 PM EDT
When making a remake there are usually a few options.  From what I understand, Gus Van Sant's, Psycho, was almost shot-for-shot.  We have also seen general updates (Ocean's 11 or The Italian Job) where a classic is re-imagined for a more modern context.  We have seen The Hulk's 'reboot', where the opening of a franchise is simply giv... Read More

Transporter 3 Theatrical Review
Transporter 3 Theatrical Review   Transporter 3 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/4/2008 2:42 PM EDT
Although you have to judge a movie by its pedigree, there also has to be a line at which you stop. Thrillers need to at least have moderately smart plots; action needs to actually be exciting, and so on. When going up against Transporter 3, I really was not sure where to draw the "base line". I was not that impressed with the fi... Read More

Bolt Theatrical Review
Bolt Theatrical Review   Bolt Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/1/2008 12:27 PM EDT
Kid's movies walk a fine line; they have to keep children entertained, so they require a story that is very basic, drama that is extremely explicit and "universal" (and not 'adult'), and they must be exciting without being tragic or overly violent. They also have to keep the grown-ups engaged, so they have to have something to work "... Read More

Quantum of Solace Theatrical Review
Quantum of Solace Theatrical Review   Quantum of Solace Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  11/28/2008 10:22 AM EDT
EON Productions is methodically remaking the Bond franchise.  Starting with Casino Royale, they moved it more along the Bourne axis into gritty action and away from the suave super-spy that Roger Moore personified --  to the point where Moore, at 80, felt the new Bond franchise was over-violent ... and under-sexed.  Like a living org... Read More

Twilight Theatrical Review
Twilight Theatrical Review   Twilight Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  11/26/2008 11:47 AM EDT
The void left by the postponement of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince allowed for Twilight to move up their release date by two weeks.  It was more than just a timing difference or to move away from The Day the Earth Stood Still.  Rather, I think it was a symbolic move, to show that Twilight was filling in for the serial movie genre... Read More

Twilight Theatrical Review
Twilight Theatrical Review   Twilight Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  11/23/2008 9:24 PM EDT
In judging a movie, you have to make allownaces for the type of movie it is.  If it is  derived from a much beloved book, that is one thing.  If it's a high school flick, that is another.  A vampire movie -- still more baggage!  Twilight, coming from a populr book series by Stephanie Meyer, is all of these. Trying to judge ... Read More

Zack and Miri Make A Porno Theatrical Review
Zack and Miri Make A Porno Theatrical Review   Zack and Miri Make A Porno Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  11/5/2008 10:54 AM EDT
Kevin Smith, one the most creative comedic directors of modern cinema, is at it again with his latest film, "Zack and Miri Make A Porno" -- the story of two friends (Seth Rogan and Elizabeth Banks) who get into the amateur porn business to combat their rising debt, only to realize their underlying feelings for each other while doing so.Wh... Read More

Pride and Glory Theatrical Review
Pride and Glory Theatrical Review   Pride and Glory Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/31/2008 3:49 PM EDT
The police-drama, as an art-form, usually centers on family and betrayal.  The world of a police officer is a pressure cooker of low wages, an absolute code of honor, and danger.  The occupation also tends to follow heredity -- at least in the movies -- and we've seen any number of these where a younger officer's stoic father is a retired... Read More