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.

Tropic Thunder Theatrical Review
Tropic Thunder   Tropic Thunder Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  08/18/2008 6:35 PM EDT
Apocalypse Now was so hard to make they made a movie about making it. They couldn't even figure out how to end it. Brando was so heavy he was problematic (and hard to understand). When it turned out they'd made the still-iconic, best-ever Vietnam war movie I suppose that validated almost everyone who made the movie and came as a giant relief to the... Read More

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Theatrical Review
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor   The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  08/04/2008 10:16 AM EDT
What's the opposite of 'Synergy' where things are more than the sum of their parts? The answer is "antagonism" where additive elements actually detract from the whole. This is the force at work in the third Mummy franchise with Brendan Frasier reprising his role as Rick O'Connell, archaeologist, adventurer, and mummy-hunter.The first two ... Read More

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Theatrical Review
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor   The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  08/02/2008 10:33 PM EDT
It has been seven years since the O'Connell's were on the silver screen, and they are back this summer in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.  However, unlike past mummy films, this is one that should have stayed buried in its tomb. Brendan Fraser returns as explorer Rick O'Connell to combat the resurrected Han Emperor (Jet Li) in an e... Read More

X-Files: I Want to Believe Theatrical Review
X-Files: I Want to Believe   X-Files: I Want to Believe Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  07/26/2008 9:07 PM EDT
It has been six years since X-files has been off the air, but this summer, the series creator, Chris Carter, along with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, bring back the critically acclaimed series to the big screen in X-Files: I Want To Believe.In the stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show's most acclaimed and beloved episodes, t... Read More

The Dark Knight Theatrical Review
The Dark Knight   The Dark Knight Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  07/22/2008 12:14 PM EDT
As I've said, the real power with a reboot is that the film makers are spared from having to tell the canonical story ... the origin story. Since they can safely assume the audience knows who the hero is (as if anyone by know doesn't know who Batman is) they can focus on other things. But in this case we see something of a reverse: Dark Knight pret... Read More

The Dark Knight Theatrical Review
The Dark Knight   The Dark Knight Theatrical Review
(Eric English)  07/19/2008 2:26 PM EDT
As if you didn't already know, The much hyped sequel to the critically acclaimed reboot of the Batman franchise was released in theaters yesterday to record box office numbers (18.5 million in midnight screenings alone). While the film is entertaining and probably a better use of your money than 2 gallons of gasoline, ... Read More

Wall-E Theatrical Review
Wall-E   Wall-E Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  06/30/2008 2:45 PM EDT
I have been worried about his film for the last year or so, ever since I watched the teaser trailer where Andrew Stanton recaps the development of the ideas that the creative heads at Pixar tossed around at the Hidden City restaurant (which included the late Joe Ranft).  Then hearing about how the main character doesn't speak, and the supposed... Read More

Wanted Theatrical Review
Wanted   Wanted Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  06/29/2008 5:35 PM EDT
Once in a while, there are movies that break the mold of your typical action genre and define the next few years of action films. In the 1980's, it was Die Hard; in the 1990's, it was the Matrix; in the new millennium, it is Wanted (well I thought it was).Wanted is based upon Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series and helmed by stunning visua... Read More

The Happening Theatrical Review
The Happening   The Happening Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/21/2008 3:22 PM EDT
It's no surprise that M. Night makes challenging movies--exactly who they challenge, though, is a matter of some opinion. The consensus seems to be that they challenge audiences on a mass scale to think they got their money's worth. I believe this is wrong. Whatever else he is--and however the final production values of The Happening may look, I th... Read More

The Incredible Hulk Theatrical Review
The Incredible Hulk   The Incredible Hulk Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  06/15/2008 9:23 PM EDT
Ever since The Crow was released in 1994 and refined the superhero genre, it seems Hollywood cannot get enough of superheroes.  This year is no exception with last month's Iron Man, next month's The Dark Knight, and this month's superhero, The Incredible Hulk. The Hulk has a lot of ground to cover, and Marvel is taking a large chance "reb... Read More