The Book Thief

By Debbie Elicksen. Written by Michael Petroni and directed by Brian Percival, The Book Thief (2013) is a beautifully photographed portrayal of a dark time in real-life history. The story Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen You might need to be a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan to truly like this movie from Lionsgate, or a fan of dysfunctional family turnarounds. The film Continue Reading →

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By Debbie Elicksen. John Le Carré, Peter Straughan, and Bridget O’Connor crafted a perfect espionage drama centered around the Cold War era. Even without the star-studded cast, the Tomas Alfredson-directed Continue Reading →

Public Enemies

By Debbie Elicksen. Michael Mann could have shaved a half hour off Public Enemies (2009) before its final production, but even as it stands, it’s a good depiction of the Continue Reading →

Still Alice

By Debbie Elicksen Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland wrote (along with Lisa Genova) and directed this compelling drama about about a woman going through Early-Onset Alzheimer’s disease. Still Alice is the Continue Reading →

Phantom of the Opera

By Debbie Elicksen. There have been numerous film adaptations of the original silent movie Phantom of the Opera (1925, starring Lon Chaney Sr and Mary Filbin) of the same name. Prior to Continue Reading →

Closed Circuit

  By Debbie Elicksen. Closed Circuit (2013) is a political spy drama written by Steven Knight and grabs you right from the start, despite its mixed reviews. John Crowley directs this story, Continue Reading →