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.

Twilight Theatrical Review
Twilight   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   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   Zack and Miri Make A Porno Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  11/05/2008 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   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

Max Payne Theatrical Review
Max Payne   Max Payne Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/20/2008 2:20 PM EDT
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   Quarantine Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/15/2008 2:07 PM EDT
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   Body of Lies Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  10/13/2008 11:24 AM EDT
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

Eagle Eye Theatrical Review
Eagle Eye   Eagle Eye Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  09/29/2008 10:08 AM EDT
Technology runs amok in the latest techno action thriller Eagle Eye, starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan where two unsuspecting Americans (Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan) are separately drawn into a conspiracy by a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. By the time they discover her frightening identity,... Read More

Righteous Kill Theatrical Review
Righteous Kill   Righteous Kill Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  09/14/2008 12:14 AM EDT
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, two names that are synonymous with the silver screen, both starred in the "Godfather II" film, but never had any scenes together. In 1995, both appeared in Heat by Michael Mann and ever since then, moviegoers have been clamoring to see these superstars do a film together again. This September, they had their ... Read More

Burn After Reading Theatrical Review
Burn After Reading   Burn After Reading Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  09/13/2008 11:25 AM EDT
The Coen brothers have a long history of doing comedic films with dark streaks (The Big Lebowski,  Fargo). They have a real talent for the off-beat, witty dialog, and sudden, shocking violence. Many of their heroes are anti-heroes or, perhaps, just "protagonists" and not really "heroes" at all (I'm hard pressed to think of ... Read More