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.

Transporter 3 Theatrical Review
Transporter 3 Theatrical Review   Transporter 3 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/04/2008 2:42 PM EST
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)  12/01/2008 12:27 PM EST
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 EST
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 EST
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 EST
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)  11/05/2008 10:54 AM EST
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 EST
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

Max Payne Theatrical Review
Max Payne Theatrical Review   Max Payne Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/20/2008 2:20 PM EST
I fall in the dead-center category of the target market for this film.  I was a huge fan of the two video games (Max Payne and Max Payne 2: the Fall of Max Payne).  I liked them not only for the action, but for the story and character as well.  On the other hand, I knew from the start that it was unlikely that the director, much less... Read More

Quarantine Theatrical Review
Quarantine Theatrical Review   Quarantine Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/15/2008 2:07 PM EST
The story behind Quarantine is brutally simple: something--some disease--breaks out in a low-rent building in Los Angeles. It just so happens that a film crew shadowing a fire department team is trapped inside when the government quarantines the building.  For the people inside, it is a zombie-style nightmare as the disease leads to viole... Read More

Body of Lies Theatrical Review
Body of Lies Theatrical Review   Body of Lies Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/13/2008 11:24 AM EST
Body of Lies exists on a spectrum of political thrillers that extends from the complex (sometimes to the point of incomprehensible) Syriana, to the far more conventional 2001, Spy Game.  In fact, it owes a lot to the latter: there's a young CIA operative, Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his older, far more experienced and cynical cont... Read More