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 Twilight Saga: New Moon Theatrical Review
The Twilight Saga: New Moon   The Twilight Saga: New Moon Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/01/2009 9:46 PM EDT
New Moon is one of those movies for which the plot is almost superfluous. If you are a fan of Twilight, you more or less know it. If you are not, you probably do not care.  However, for form's sake, I will sum it up. New Moon comes in as the second installment in the Twilight, the Stephanie Meyer series. It is about a love ... Read More

Planet 51 Theatrical Review
Planet 51   Planet 51 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  11/30/2009 9:17 PM EDT
Modern animation has benefited from two relatively recent technologies -- cheap computer animation and 3D. While the latter could be considered a gimmick (especially if the glasses give you a headache or you can't stand how they darken the colors), it is clear that people are taking animated kids' movies pretty seriously. My 40-year-ol... Read More

2012 Theatrical Review
2012   2012 Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  11/15/2009 9:03 PM EDT
The latest film by Roland Emmerich, 2012, whose name has become synonymous with the end of the world films (Independence Day, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow) decimated theaters this weekend with an unprecedented, estimated 225-million-dollar worldwide box-office.   The story is pretty simple…Solar flares are causing the core of th... Read More

Fantastic Mr. Fox Theatrical Review
Fantastic Mr. Fox   Fantastic Mr. Fox Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  11/13/2009 11:37 PM EDT
Before this year, some may have called stop motion animation a dying art form. What with its tireless work schedule - being able to get 1 – 3 minutes of footage done in a full days work - it seems a cruel taskmaster to follow. Yet this year has already given us Coraline, an amazing piece of animation from some veterans of this techn... Read More

Pirate Radio Theatrical Review
Pirate Radio   Pirate Radio Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  11/13/2009 11:28 PM EDT
In 1966, the government-backed British Broadcasting Company (BBC) broadcast barely two hours of rock and pop music every week over the UK radio airwaves. By comparison, 571 American radio stations were showcasing such music 24 hours a day. So in the home of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who, at the height of British pop music's ... Read More

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Theatrical Review
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant   Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  10/24/2009 11:16 AM EDT
It's a difficult tightrope to walk doing a film adaptation of a book, especially if the book is well loved. On one hand, if you change the book's content too much, you run the risk of angering the fans who will turn on you for all the differences between the story in their heads and the one you've committed to film. On the other hand, if ... Read More

Where The Wild Things Are Theatrical Review
Where The Wild Things Are   Where The Wild Things Are Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/18/2009 12:10 PM EDT
The 1963 book is 10 sentences long, and it is a classic.  The story is about the island where the child, Max, goes after being sent to bed without supper because he was out of control in the household that was originally populated with horses.  When the editor determined that author, Maurice Sendak, couldn't draw horses, she suggested mon... Read More

Zombieland Theatrical Review
Zombieland   Zombieland Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  09/29/2009 9:31 PM EDT
First of all, it's cards on the table time. Zombieland is only the second zombie flick I've ever seen. I know. I know. I'm sorry. 28 days later is the other one. Not even one of the "Dead" series. They're on my Netflix cue and have been for quite some time. I just haven't gotten around to them. ... Read More

Love Happens Theatrical Review
Love Happens   Love Happens Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  09/20/2009 8:53 PM EDT
I have not lost anybody significant in my life, not lately anyways. The last close relative of mine who died was my grandfather in '91 so I have not had to go through the healing process of grief in a very long time (knock on wood). My wife, however, has not been so fortunate. Her mother died just last year and I've seen the pain she... Read More

The Informant Theatrical Review
The Informant   The Informant Theatrical Review
(Marco Duran)  09/16/2009 8:39 PM EDT
The Fix is in. That is the title of episode 168 of "This American Life" where the story of Mark Whitacre was first heard by screenwriter Scott Burns and eventually made into a movie. Such is Hollywood. After seeing the film yesterday, I looked up the Chicago Public Radio program and listened to it this morning. I would... Read More



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