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.

Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Review
Beautiful Creatures   Beautiful Creatures Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/21/2013 11:03 AM EDT
So it begins (and hopefully ends) the post Twilight era of hurried box office seizures, as studios and once-respectable filmmakers willingly sell their souls to score the next, big teen-driven supernatural mega-franchise. There's an Edward and Jacob-sized hole in adolescent cinema's still-racing heart, dear readers, and whoever manages to f... Read More

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Digital HD Review
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters   Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Digital HD Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/20/2013 10:32 AM EDT
"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" aspires to be cheeky entertainment, sold with a wink and a fist to the face with plenty of ghouls, trolls, and horrible humans to populate a carnival atmosphere of genre delights. However, despite a colorful presentation, the movie fails to raise much hell, insisting on a flat tone of tedious storytell... Read More

Star Trek Into Darkness Theatrical Review
Star Trek Into Darkness   Star Trek Into Darkness Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  05/16/2013 4:33 PM EDT
Picking up where he left off with the fine release of his first attempt at bringing back the Star Trek franchise, J.J. Abrams hits pay dirt again with Star Trek Into Darkness.  The exciting new chapter tantalizes the mind with amazing CGI and special effects while presenting an adventure that's reminiscent of earlier challenges for the Enterpr... Read More

One Hour Photo Blu-ray Review
One Hour Photo   One Hour Photo Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/15/2013 11:06 AM EDT
Think hard—when was the last time you dropped off a roll of 35mm film at a photo lab for processing and prints? It's probably been close to a decade, as digital cameras first outsold film models around 2003. For a lot of people, even the idea of getting prints made from digital files off of a memory card seems quaint, especially now that ... Read More

The Oranges Blu-ray Review
The Oranges   The Oranges Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  05/14/2013 10:50 AM EDT
Working on the premise that a beautiful much younger woman could fall for a very much older man The Oranges targets an audience that understands a mid-life crisis. Describing the film as a scandal of sex and betrayal by the producers, in this day and age where nothing's impossible The Oranges fails to shock.  Even though the acting gets very g... Read More

Safe Haven Blu-ray Review
Safe Haven   Safe Haven Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  05/14/2013 10:44 AM EDT
This mysterious and romantic film Safe Haven does a good job of twisting and turning through a very good script featuring stellar actors.  The plot starts with action and ends in a thriller under the fine direction of Lasse Hallström who's noted for the recent Salmon Fishing in Yemen.  The chemistry between actors Josh Duhamel and Ju... Read More

Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
Shanghai Noon & Shanghai Knights: 2-Movie Collection   Shanghai Noon Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/09/2013 9:22 AM EDT
Rush Hour has frequently been referred to as Jackie Chan's English-language breakthrough, and, at least from a box-office standpoint, there's truth to that claim. However, much of what makes a Chan performance special was missing from that film, as the Hong Kong actor spent much of the time in the shadow of the flamboyant Chris Tucker. Shan... Read More

The Great Gatsby Theatrical Review
The Great Gatsby   The Great Gatsby Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  05/09/2013 8:28 AM EDT
Director Baz Luhrmann who lost with Moulin Rouge and lost again with Australia, takes a chance with an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby turning it into a pop-up book for the screen.  While the CGI and sets do sparkle, he turns the storyline into a simple predictive tome set in an era of flappers and illegal booze.  Luhrmann gets... Read More

Broken City Blu-ray Review
Broken City   Broken City Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/07/2013 11:20 AM EDT
Midway through Broken City, one character incredulously remarks, "Private eyes still exist?" The gumshoe-for-hire profession does seem old-fashioned and mostly unnecessary now. You could describe Broken City the same way: old-fashioned and mostly unnecessary. Penned by first-time screenwriter Brian Tucker and directed solo by Allen Hughes... Read More

Cloud Atlas Blu-ray Review
Cloud Atlas   Cloud Atlas Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  05/06/2013 9:36 AM EDT
Ambitious doesn't even begin to describe "Cloud Atlas," which marks the first collaboration between Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Powerhouse screen visionaries, the trio find an unusual harmony for their mighty endeavor, providing a smooth melt of specialized sensibilities as they tackle an adaptation of an "unfilmable"... Read More