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 →


By Debbie Elicksen. If any movie can be called a masterpiece, director Oliver Stone‘s JFK (1991) certainly qualifies. Stone also wrote the screenplay with Zachary Sklar. New Orleans district attorney Continue Reading →

Kill the Messenger

By Debbie Elicksen. Kill the Messenger (2014) is based on the true story of newspaper reporter Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), who uncovered the CIA’s guns for drugs program in the 1990s, 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 →

State of Play

By Debbie Elicksen. State of Play (2009) mixes politics, military contracts, gumshoe reporting, and murder into a delightful thriller written by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Tony Gilroy, Billy Ray and directed by Continue Reading →

Olympus Has Fallen

By Debbie Elicksen. Olympus Has Fallen (2013) is a scary political fiction because it could almost be too close to the truth if the wrong person gets elected and hires the Continue Reading →

The Assignment

By Debbie Elicksen The Assignment (1997) is based on the true story of the hunt for the notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, otherwise known as Carlos the Jackal. Christian Duguay does Continue Reading →

The International

By Debbie Elicksen. The International is a 2009 spy drama written by Eric Warren Singer and directed by Tom Tykwer. The Limited Edition Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 PlayStation®4 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 →

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 →