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.

Watchmen Theatrical Review
Watchmen Theatrical Review   Watchmen Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  03/08/2009 8:34 PM EST
An apology to the fans of the acclaimed Graphic Novel. For the uninitiated, "Watchmen" is an absolute chore to watch. Before you read any further, sorry. Nostalgia for the source material might be deep rooted, and the film may be faithful to a fault with respect to its 1986 origins. But the year is 2009 and our superheroes, and super hero... Read More

My Bloody Valentine Theatrical Review
My Bloody Valentine Theatrical Review   My Bloody Valentine Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/24/2009 9:11 PM EST
As the first R-rated film shot in 3D (modern 3D: 'Real D' technology), it is definitely worth at least a second glance.  For starters, it is a perfect application -- sharp things, gory things, and surprising things leap out of the screen at you; this is one of the things 3D was made for -- in fact, it was the first thing 3D was made for. ... Read More

Friday the 13th Theatrical Review
Friday the 13th Theatrical Review   Friday the 13th Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/21/2009 6:59 PM EST
Jason Vorhees, in the hockey mask (which didn't come about until the 3rd movie) is one of the most recognizable characters in cinema.  He is the indestructible zombie serial killer who stalks teenagers out in the woods, right?  Well sort of... it turns out that Jason's, character arc (if we can call it that), has several curves in the roa... Read More

The International Theatrical Review
The International Theatrical Review   The International Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/15/2009 5:50 PM EST
In 1991 the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in Luxembourg was charged with money laundering, supporting terrorism, arms trafficking, and the sale of nuclear technologies.  In 2009, The International takes this story about the fictional International Bank of Business and Credit (IBBC) and tells the story of German Interpol agen... Read More

Taken Theatrical Review
Taken Theatrical Review   Taken Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/10/2009 6:17 PM EST
The trailer for Taken has Liam Neeson on the phone with his daughter who is in a hotel.  She has  just witnessed some thugs grab her friend, and as her father tells her to hide under the bed, we get the impression he is  pretty cool-headed for someone who is going to lose his little girl to kidnappers. When she hides under the bed, h... Read More

Coraline Theatrical Review
Coraline Theatrical Review   Coraline Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  02/09/2009 4:12 PM EST
Only one hour, 40 minutes long, Coraline did not set out to be the world's longest stop-motion movie.  The plan was to switch from real models to computer animation in the other-world the same way that The Wizard of Oz went from black and white to color.  However, when this was tried, it was found that the full-of-life other-world came ou... Read More

Push Theatrical Review
Push Theatrical Review   Push Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  02/08/2009 1:10 AM EST
For the past couple of decades, mutants have been the subject of great films and comic books.  Starting earlier this decade, the "Push" started to create a real genre out of this type of anti-hero -- starting first with Bryan Singer's X-men Series and lately continued with NBC/Universal's television series, Heroes.Enter Push, a low b... Read More

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Theatrical Review
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Theatrical Review   Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/26/2009 7:22 PM EST
The idea of vampires vs. werewolves isn't exactly new, but the Underworld franchise does the cinematic vision of it pretty well.  The vampires dress in black leather, the Lycan(thropes) wolf-out and eat people, and the first movie was all gritty urban warfare.  The third takes place in the distant past where, in events referred to in the ... Read More

Gran Torino Theatrical Review
Gran Torino Theatrical Review   Gran Torino Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  01/12/2009 7:26 PM EST
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 EST
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