No Escape

By Debbie Elicksen. No Escape (2015) is about an American family that moves to Asia for a fresh start but they arrive in the middle of a coup d’état. John Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. Self/less (2015) is much like an Outer Limits/Twilight Zone episode but amped up to an action thriller level. Damian (Ben Kinglsey) is dying. Cancer is ravaging his Continue Reading →

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

By Debbie Elicksen. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) is a delightful take on the 1960 spy thriller television show that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. It’s a James Bond-type Continue Reading →

Reindeer Games

By Debbie Elicksen. Don’t let the opening Santa scene and title lead you to believe that Reindeer Games (2000) is a Christmas movie. Prisoner Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) assumes the identity Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. Columbiana (2011) is the story of Cataleya Restrepo (Zoe Saldana), whose parents are killed by the Columbian drug lord Don Luis (Beto Benites) when she is a Continue Reading →

The Bank Job

By Debbie Elicksen. The Bank Job (2008) is based on a true story. It’s like the British version of Oceans 11 but with not quite the climactic ending. The mystery Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. Syriana (2005) was written by Robert Baer and Stephen Gaghan, who also directed the movie. Not always easy to follow the plot line if you are not Continue Reading →