Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Paul Kates

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.

Going in Style Blu-ray Review
Going in Style   Going in Style Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  08/08/2017 14:45 EST
There won't be many movies this year that will boast a better lineup than Alan Arkin (Grosse Pointe Blank), Michael Caine (Inception), and Morgan Freeman (Wanted), but Going in Style sure does that.Based on the 1979 Martin Brest movie of the same name, Zach Braff's comical remake sees the three lifelong buddies, Willie (Freeman), ... Read More

John Wick, Chapter 2 Blu-ray Review
John Wick, Chapter 2   John Wick, Chapter 2 Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  12/06/2017 15:37 EST
The second installment of the John Wick franchise hits the small screen on Blu-ray this week, with Keanu Reeves reprising his role of the infamous hitman.The second chapter starts virtually where the first movie left off - with an opening sequence full of the tire screeching and bullet flying action you came to expect from ... Read More

We Are Your Friends Blu-ray Review
We Are Your Friends   We Are Your Friends Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  11/01/2016 16:10 EST
Set against the background of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene, Max Joseph's We are Your Friends tells the tale of group of friends whose dream is to make it big, move to L.A. and live the life of the rich and famous. Throw in the thread of boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, and your left with a pretty familiar film that has been made ti... Read More

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray Review
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended UK Edition   The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  23/11/2015 10:52 EST
It seemed almost inevitable that after his huge Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson would turn his attention to JRR Tolkien's other well-known middle earth novel "The Hobbit". What was surprising was that the adaption of this novel would also be a trilogy. Personally, I had reservations, and after seeing the first movie on the bi... Read More

Goonies Blu-ray Review
Goonies   Goonies Blu-ray Review
(Paul Kates)  05/11/2015 13:47 EST
1985 - the year the first cell phone call was made and compact disc's first showed up on the high street and anyone who was anyone tried the "truffle shuffle", which means the timeless "cult" classic that is The Goonies is 30 years old! Now, boy do I feel old!Like now, back in 1985, developers were making big news reclaiming tir... Read More

Spectre Theatrical Review
Spectre   Spectre Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  05/11/2015 08:36 EST
Bond is back in his twenty fourth adrenaline pumping, globe-trotting adventure, Spectre.There's no getting away from the fact that Skyfall was one of the best if not the best Bond movies ever made, so keeping continuity for the Bond 24 was paramount if it were to equal in success. Thankfully, that's the case, and Daniel Craig returns again for his ... Read More

Steve Jobs Theatrical Review
Steve Jobs   Steve Jobs Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  22/10/2015 16:39 EST
To label a film "biopic" can sometimes be a little misleading. There is always a case for artistic license to emphasis part of the production, and this may be the case of Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting, Trance) latest offering, "Steve Jobs". Written by Aaron Sorkin (Malice, The Social Network) and based (loosely) on the biogra... Read More

Pan Theatrical Review
Pan   Pan Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  08/10/2015 11:08 EST
Taking a well-known story and twisting it around a little cannot be the easiest thing to do. With his latest film, Pan, Director Joe Wright takes J.M. Barrie tale of Peter Pan and gives his take on what was before the story we all know.The film starts off with Peter being abandoned at an orphanage as a baby, before moving forward twelve years to th... Read More

The Martian Theatrical Review
The Martian   The Martian Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  01/10/2015 13:59 EST
Ridley Scott once again dips his paws in to the science fiction genre with The Martian, based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name, and stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, a NASA botanist based on a scientific research base on the surface of the red planet.The crew of ARES 3 are forced to make a sudden emergency evacuation from Mars when a storm... Read More

Legend Theatrical Review
Legend   Legend Theatrical Review
(Paul Kates)  13/09/2015 11:59 EST
London in the 1960's was a hub for gangland crime, but there was one gang that stood out from the rest - The Kray's. "Legend", directed by Brian Helgeland (Payback, Mystic River), brings the biographical story of the celebrity gangsters Ronnie and Reggie to the big screen, with Tom Hardy (Bronson, The Dark Knight Rises) playing bo... Read More

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