Everything Is Illuminated

By Debbie Elicksen. Liev Schreiber wrote and directed this gem of a screenplay, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. Everything Is Illuminated (2005) is beautifully told story about a Continue Reading →

Letters from Iwo Jima

By Debbie Elicksen. I would call Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) the modern day version of All Quiet on the Western Front. It qualifies as classic material, and it also Continue Reading →

Big Driver

By Debbie Elicksen. Big Driver (2014) is based on a Stephen King novel; the screenplay is written by Richard Christian Matheson.  Writer Tess Thorne (Maria Bello) goes out of town for Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. Dan Futterman wrote the screenplay for Capote (2005), based on the book by Gerald Clarke. The film was directed by Bennett Miller. Philip Seymour Hoffman absolutely deserved Continue Reading →

Naked Among Wolves

By Debbie Elicksen. Naked Among Wolves (2015) is a gripping story that takes place during tense days just before the Buchenwald camp was liberated during World War II. Director Philipp Kadelbach Continue Reading →

All the Way

By Debbie Elicksen. All the Way (2016) is an adaptation of Robert Schenkkan‘s Tony-award winning play about Lyndon B. Johnson. The casting is superb. Bryan Cranston has a way of Continue Reading →

The Stoning of Soraya M.

By Debbie Elicksen. The Stoning of Soraya M. (2008) is based on a true story about modern Iran and is an adaptation of the book La Femme Lapidée, written by Continue Reading →

Angela’s Ashes

By Debbie Elicksen. This 1999 adaptation of Frank McCourt‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about his life growing up in Ireland is kind of depressing. Angela’s Ashes shows how miserable poverty can be, Continue Reading →

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 →

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

  By Debbie Elicksen Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is a Paramount Pictures and Sundance Productions film (2014) based on the Tom Clancy novel. The script was written by Tony Peckman, Continue Reading →