Read the Book, See the Movie

December and January will bring quite a variety of movies for the book lover to choose from.  Whether it is a lighthearted flick like One for the Money or a disturbing tale like We Need to Talk About Kevin there is a book/movie combination for every taste. Read on to see what to put on your reading list so that you can be prepared the next time you go to the theater or turn on the TV.

Opens December 9th

tinker tailor soldier spy coverTinker Tailor Soldier Spy

A spy adventure starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy John Hurt Toby Jones and Mark Strong; directed by Tomas Alfredson

Based on: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre

Opens December 16th

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadowsbook cover

A tale of mystery and adventure featuring the iconic detective and his sidekick Watson.  Stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry and Jared Harris; directed by Guy Ritchie

Loosely based on: “The Final Problem”, one of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featured in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Opens December 21st

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (English language version)book cover

A mystery with a dark edge set in Sweden and starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård,  Christopher Plummer, and Robin Wright; directed by David Fincher

Based on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Opening December 23rd

The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicornbook cover

The first of 3 movies planned about the fanciful adventures of young TinTin and his marvellous dog Snowy.  Stars the voices of Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, and Simon Pegg; directed by Steven Spielberg

Based on The Secret of the Unicorn by Herge….and be sure to check out his other TinTin adventures as well.

War Horsebook cover

Follows the journey of a remarkable horse and the man who loves him through the battlefields of World War I.  Stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, and Benedict Cumberbatch; directed by Steven Spielberg

Based on War Horse by Michael Morpugo

We Bought A Zoobook cover

A family themed movie about the experiences of a father and his children as they adapt to their new home–a zoo.  Based on a true story it stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johannson and Elle Fanning; directed by Cameron Crowe

Based on: We Bought a Zoo: A Memoir by Benjamin Mee

Premiers January 8th

For those of you booklovers with Showtime, you might want to set yourbook cover DVR’s to record the new series House of Lies.  This series about the money grabbing ways of corporate culture is based on the book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time by Martin Kihn.  It stars Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell, Ben Schwartz, Josh Lawson, and Dawn Oliveri

Opens January 20th

Coriolanusplayscript cover

Set in ancient Rome, a banished soldier turns on his former city in this adaptation of a Shakespearean drama.  Stars Ralph Fiennes, Gerald Butler, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, and Vanessa Redgrave; directed by Ralph Fiennes

Based on: Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Closebook cover

A nine-year-old searches for the lock that matches a key left by his father when he was killed in the September 11 attacks.  Stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, and Max Von Sydow; directed by Stephen Daldry

Based on: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Opens January 27th

One for the Moneybook cover

Follow the adventures of Stephanie Plum in her new job tracking down not-so-good men who have jumped bail.  Stars Katherine Heigl, Daniel Sunjata, Jason O’Mara, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds, and Patrick Fischler; directed by Julie Ann Robinson

Based on: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

We Need to Talk About Kevinbook cover

The mother of a teenage boy who went on a killing spree at his school tries to come to terms with her forever changed life.  Stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and  Ezra Miller; directed by Lynne Ramsay

Based on: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

This list is gleaned from information gathered from  EarlyWord blog.  Be sure to check IMDB and our local theater listings for updated release dates on all of these.  Enjoy reading and watching and feel free to share your thoughts about these movie adaptations in the comments below.



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  1. I also just noticed that A&E is airing a mini-series based on Stephen King’s novel Bag of Bones. The four part mini-series starts December 11th.

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