Flowers of War

By Debbie Elicksen. Flowers of War (2011) is a historical drama starring Christian Bale (John Miller), Ni Ni (Yu Mo),  and Shigeo Kobayashi (Lieutenant Kato). Heng Liu wrote the screenplay, based Continue Reading →

Paradise Road

By Debbie Elicksen. Paradise Road (1997) is a compelling drama about a collection of women from different countries, classes, and histories being held captive by the Japanese during World War Continue Reading →

The King’s Speech

By Debbie Elicksen. England’s Prince Albert (Colin Firth) has a stuttering problem, which for most people, wouldn’t be an issue. As the next in line to be king, moving the Continue Reading →

Judgment at Nuremburg

By Debbie Elicksen. Stanley Kramer directed and produced the 1961 black and white masterpiece Judgment at Nuremburg. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, Continue Reading →

Ghosts of Mississippi

By Debbie Elicksen. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) is the story of a civil rights crime that went unpunished for 25 years. It was directed by Rob Reiner and Lewis Colick wrote Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. If you like war movies like I do, this is a good one. Stalingrad (2013) was written by Sergey Snezhkin and Ilya Tilkin. This movie might have Continue Reading →

The Imitation Game

By Debbie Elicksen. “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of that do the things no one can imagine.“ The Imitation Game (2014) is the true story of Alan Continue Reading →


By Debbie Elicksen. Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is an adaptation of the book by Laura Hildebrand about the life of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, who was both an Olympic athlete Continue Reading →

J. Edgar

By Debbie Elicksen. This 2011 Warner Bros production was a bit all talk and lacking in substance. J. Edgar was directed and produced by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance 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 →