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.

Taken 2 Blu-ray Review
Taken 2 Blu-ray Review   Taken 2 Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  01/16/2013 2:40 PM EST
In the first movie, Liam Neeson's character Bryan, is called into action after his daughter is kidnapped by a human trafficking ring while in France.  This movie starts exactly where the other one ended, with the father of the kidnappers from the first movie vowing revenge over his son's fresh grave.  Apparently revenge means kidn... Read More

Grand Hotel Blu-ray Review
Grand Hotel Blu-ray Review   Grand Hotel Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  01/16/2013 9:24 AM EST
The Oscar winner for Best Picture in 1932, Grand Hotel has been released on Blu-ray and it is stunning in gorgeous black and white.  A great film with an amazing cast that provides a whimsical and intriguing story should not be missed.  If you are a classic buff, what are you waiting for? The film centers on several guests and employ... Read More

Driving Miss Daisy Blu-ray Review
Driving Miss Daisy Blu-ray Review   Driving Miss Daisy Blu-ray Review
(John Delia)  01/15/2013 9:35 AM EST
The touching and incredibly performed and directed Driving Miss Daisy has been released in Blu-ray for the first time and comes in a special 32 page hard cover book.  The film received 4 Academy awards including Best Picture at the Oscars in 1989. The film's not only a story of friendship, but a visit to the past covering the 1940s through the... Read More

House at the End of the Street Blu-ray Review
House at the End of the Street Blu-ray Review   House at the End of the Street Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  01/14/2013 8:22 AM EST
As Hollywood anoints Jennifer Lawrence as the Next Big Thing, there's some unfinished business to tend to before she bathes in her "Hunger Games" franchise success or tastes Oscar glory with the praise for "Silver Linings Playbook," and its name is "House at the End of the Street." Shot before her stint as Katniss in &... Read More

Gangster Squad Theatrical Review
Gangster Squad Theatrical Review   Gangster Squad Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  01/10/2013 10:22 AM EST
Los Angeles relives it's gritty past in this fictional account of a real mob boss in Gangster Squad.  The violent crime film has an exceptional A-list cast with creative sets, period costumes and props that resemble the era, but the lifeless storyline just doesn't do it for me. The script with its over indulgence in Tommy gun fire, explosions,... Read More

Frankenweenie Blu-ray Review
Frankenweenie Blu-ray Review   Frankenweenie Blu-ray Review
(Roger Longenbach)  01/09/2013 8:06 AM EST
Out on Disney Blu-Ray 3D is Tim Burton's latest stop motion animated film, Frankenweenie.  Born from his imagination, Frankenweenie is an updated full-length version of his short film of the same name – created at the beginning of his career shortly before he came into his own by directing Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.  The basic premise... Read More

Promised Land Theatrical Review
Promised Land Theatrical Review   Promised Land Theatrical Review
(Chris Rebholz)  01/06/2013 8:00 PM EST
Promised Land, Gus Van Sant's gentle but knowing natural gas drama, is concerned with the tension between long-term environmental costs and short-term financial gain. Set in small-town Pennsylvania and based on a story by Dave Eggers, the screenplay by co-stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski aims for a moral complexity that pays as much attentio... Read More

Dredd Blu-ray Review
Dredd 3D Blu-ray Review   Dredd Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  01/04/2013 4:30 PM EST
Outside of a small cult following, 2000 AD comic book character Judge Dredd was unknown in the United States until, back in 1995, Sylvester Stallone tried to bring the character mainstream with the Judge Dredd film. The thematic elements of the comic book series were toned down for mainstream audiences, alienating the characters fans.With the resur... Read More

Zero Dark Thirty Theatrical Review
Zero Dark Thirty Theatrical Review   Zero Dark Thirty Theatrical Review
(John Delia)  01/03/2013 10:47 PM EST
This step-by-step insight into how the CIA found Osama Bin Laden and then blew him away is nicely produced, directed and acted.  I found the film involving, intriguing and then startling, playing out like a news story happening before my eyes. Even though you know the story from the media, you will be shocked with the finale of this nearly 3-h... Read More

Cosmopolis Blu-ray Review
Cosmopolis Blu-ray Review   Cosmopolis Blu-ray Review
(Chris Rebholz)  01/03/2013 8:52 AM EST
Around the world the financial markets are in serious turmoil. Hoping to increase his wealth, financial wiz Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) has started betting against the yuan, convinced that it is only a matter of time before the Chinese economy collapses. Much to his disappointment, however, the yuan has proved resilient and he has suffered serio... Read More