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.

Jack Reacher Theatrical Review
Jack Reacher Theatrical Review   Jack Reacher Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  12/21/2012 7:56 AM EDT
Tom Cruise, the somewhat diminutive movie star, brings to life the hulking figure of ex-military cop Jack Reacher, in Christopher McQuarrie's film adaptation of Lee Child's novel One Shot, and goes a long way in proving the point that size really does not matter. A somewhat disturbing opening scene that sees a sniper take out five random innocent u... Read More

Dick Tracy Blu-ray Review
Dick Tracy Blu-ray Review   Dick Tracy Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/17/2012 9:27 AM EDT
Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy is the bright, cheerful cousin to Tim Burton's Batman. When Tracy was released the year after Burton's film, it felt something like a repeat. (It didn't help that Danny Elfman scored both pictures.) But now, after over two decades of tortured heroes in dark films inspired by comics and graphic novels, Trac... Read More

Hyde Park on Hudson Theatrical Review
Hyde Park on Hudson Theatrical Review   Hyde Park on Hudson Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  12/13/2012 4:45 PM EDT
Our longest serving President has a heyday in Hyde Park on Hudson, an interesting look at Franklin Delano Roosevelt's affairs while in office. The historical, humorous and intriguing story puts our 32nd President in a rather awkward situation derived from an excerpt of the diary of his cousin Daisy. A questionable motive for the piece of entertainm... Read More

Butter DVD Review
Butter DVD Review   Butter DVD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/12/2012 10:32 AM EDT
There was tremendous potential for "Butter" to throw a spotlight on the rigors of butter sculpting competitions, drinking in the varied characters that populate this odd hobby while taking note of the exceptional skill required to turn slabs of dairy into art. Instead, "Butter" goes for a swipe of irreverence, poking fun with Mi... Read More

The Odd Life of Timothy Green Blu-ray Review
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Blu-ray Review   The Odd Life of Timothy Green Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/12/2012 9:06 AM EDT
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" forces an enormous amount of whimsy down the throat of its audience in the early moments of the picture, though it doesn't take very long to develop a taste for the sweet stuff. Heartfelt and genuinely magical, this Disney release is perfect for the family, touching on themes of parenthood for adults, while... Read More

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Theatrical Review
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Theatrical Review   The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  12/11/2012 9:48 AM EDT
"In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit." That's how J.R.R.Tolkien introduced us to his first novel set within the realms of Middle Earth -- short, sharp, to the point.. It's a pity then, that in his film adaptation of the same novel, Peter Jackson did not think along such lines.An Unexpected Journey Begins on your iPhone wi... Read More

Smashed Theatrical Review
Smashed Theatrical Review   Smashed Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  12/5/2012 11:51 AM EDT
Nicely acted the film Smashed takes you on a journey of alcoholism and denial.  The movie does a good job of opening windows into the humiliating, demeaning and dire consequences of addiction to alcohol.  While not a Days of Wine and Roses, the film does make good grades as an educational tool. The movie centers on a young married co... Read More

The Simpsons DVD Review
Simpsons: Season 15 DVD Review   The Simpsons DVD Review
(John Delia)  12/4/2012 9:35 AM EDT
Whenever I think of the Simpsons, Homer flashes in my mind with those pop-eyes, pot belly and 12 o'clock shadow and most often with a dysfunctional grin. He hasn't changed much over the years and with the Simpsons Fifteenth Season just released, you can expect more of the fun loving guy that's the brunt of the comedy. You get a lot for your do... Read More

The Apparition Blu-ray Review
The Apparition Blu-ray Review   The Apparition Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/3/2012 10:47 AM EDT
"The Apparition" contains less story than a Twilight film. In fact, the trailer on the Blu-ray for "The Apparition" is actually more of a movie than "The Apparition." A wildly incoherent effort that spends most of its running time avoiding its own plot, "The Apparition" is one of those major studio releases t... Read More

Finding Nemo Blu-ray Review
Finding Nemo Blu-ray Review   Finding Nemo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  12/3/2012 10:05 AM EDT
Cars is typically labeled Pixar's most divisive film, but it's actually Finding Nemo that draws the widest and most passionate range of responses. Still, the years have indeed been kinder to the film's surprisingly viable animation than its beached-whale script and, beloved or no, Finding Nemo isn't the ultimate Pixar experience it ... Read More