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 Happening Theatrical Review
The Happening   The Happening Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/21/2008 3:22 PM EST
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 EST
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

Kung Fu Panda Theatrical Review
Kung Fu Panda   Kung Fu Panda Theatrical Review
(Jim Hill)  06/05/2008 9:15 AM EST
With its lush visuals and eye-popping fight scenes, "Kung Fu Panda" may be one of the best looking action film ever produced.Which -- I know -- sounds like a really weird thing to say about a new animated feature. But as Brad Bird once said:    "Animation isn't a genre. It's a type of film-making that can be used to te... Read More

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull Theatrical Review
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull   Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull Theatrical Review
(Jim Hill)  05/21/2008 9:59 AM EST
As the lights went down at the theater where Paramount Pictures was holding the press screening of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," I have to admit that I was filled with an equal amount of anticipation & dread.Why For? Well, to be blunt, I had seen the "Star Wars" prequels. And I had caught a number of ... Read More

Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Theatrical Review
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian   Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  05/19/2008 12:47 PM EST
Much delayed, Prince Caspian has been released almost two and half years after The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  The original cast of the Pevensie children has returned, along with Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan.  I went to see Prince Caspian really with no expectations, and I came out pleasantly surprise... Read More

Speed Racer Theatrical Review
Speed Racer   Speed Racer Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/17/2008 10:50 PM EST
As Hollywood continues to mine the cartoons of Generation-X's youth I wonder if we'll see a live-action Smurfs movie with CGI-blue actors and Jessica Alba as Smurfette (Javier Bardem would sort of reprise his No Country For Old Men role in Gargamel!). When I heard they were making Speed Racer into a movie I was basically nonplussed. I had come to S... Read More

George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead Theatrical Review
George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead   George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/08/2008 11:40 AM EST
All the cool kids are shooting video on their phones and using handcams these days so when Romero goes for a reboot of his moribund Dead franchise he picks up where Cloverfieldleft off: a bunch of students with digital cameras film the awakening of the dead as it directly impacts them.You can tell something about the cleverness or the budget of the... Read More

Iron Man Theatrical Review
Iron Man   Iron Man Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/03/2008 11:03 AM EST
The Marvel Iron Man started in Vietnam where he was forced to construct his first version of the armor with the help of a Chinese genius. Later it was the Gulf War--and now Afghanistan. In the story Tony Stark, genius weapons-designer is captured and forced to build a super weapon for the bad guys. Instead, to escape, he builds a suit of armor and ... Read More

The Forbidden Kingdom Theatrical Review
The Forbidden Kingdom   The Forbidden Kingdom Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/29/2008 11:43 AM EST
You'd expect the first collaboration between Jet Li and Jackie Chan to be something special: together they're about as close as we come to a cultural icon on the scale of Bruce Lee. Indeed, filmed partially on location (the Gobi desert, not the temple of the heavens, alas) the film looks like a million bucks. Or, well, closer to 55-million--to be m... Read More

The Ruins Theatrical Review
The Ruins   The Ruins Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/10/2008 2:06 PM EST
Horror has several elements that make it really sparkle. First, it has to scare you--this should be obvious but there are different kinds of "scared." There's the "Boo" effect when something jumps out at you--cheap slasher flicks go for that one. There's the creepy psychological horror of thinking about terrible or terrifying th... Read More


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