Changing Lanes

By Debbie Elicksen. It could happen to anyone. That is what makes Changing Lanes (2002), written by Chad Taylor and Michael Tolkin such a compelling story. The moral of the Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

Special Correspondents

By Debbie Elicksen. Special Correspondents (2016) is Netflix Original and remake of 2009 French comedy Envoyes tres speciaux. It is written and directed by Ricky Gervais. Frank (Eric Bana) is a well-known Continue Reading →

Selfless

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 →

Capote

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 →

Out of the Furnace

By Debbie Elicksen. Out of the Furnace (2013) is gritty all around, right from the characters, the setting, and the story line. Brad Ingelsby and Scott Cooper wrote the screenplay, Continue Reading →

The Intern

By Debbie Elicksen. The Intern (2015) may seem a little hokey, but it is a feel-good movie that breaks through the barriers of assumptions and ageism. Seventy-year-old Ben Whittaker (Robert 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 →