Read the Book, See the Movie

February and March will bring quite a variety of movies for the book lover to choose from.  A lot of child friendly fare will be released in the next couple of months, but of course the one most teens are anxiously awaiting is The Hunger Games on March 23rd. Read on to see what else 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 February 3rd

The Woman in Blackbook cover

A creepy ghost story starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán HInds, and Janet McTeer; directed by James Watkins

Based on: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Opens February 17th

The Secret World of Arrietybook cover

An animated tale made in Japan about four inch tall “borrowers” whose existence is threatened when one of them–Arriety–is discovered.  It stars the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler and Will Arnett; directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Gary Rydstrom

Based on: The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Opens March 2nd

Dr. Seuss’ The Loraxbook cover

An computer animated movie based on the beloved tale by Dr. Seuss.  Stars the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito; directed by Chris Renaud, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio

Based on: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Being Flynn (limited release)book cover

While working at a Boston homeless shelter, a man re-encounters his father, this movie stars Paul Dano, Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore; directed by Paul Weitz

Based on: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City: A Memoir by Nick Flynn


Salmon Fishing in the Yemenbook cover

An inspirational comedy about a scientist who is given the task of making a sheik’s vision of fly-fishing in the desert a reality.  It stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked; directed by Lasse Hallstrom

Based on: the British novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

Opening March 9th

John Carterbook cover

An adventure movie about a Civil War veteran transplanted to Mars, where he becomes a prisoner of the natives.  After he escapes, he discovers a princess who need his help.  Stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and Willem Dafoe; directed by Andrew Stanton

Based on: The John Carter of Mars stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in a hotel that turns out to be less luxurious than its advertisements, yet they soon fall under its charm.  Stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith; directed by John Madden

Based on: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach


Think Like a Manbook cover

Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice against them.  Stars Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart; directed by Tim Story

Based on: Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey

Begins March 10th

Game Change (HBO film)

A dramatization of the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain, stars Julianne Moore (Sarah Palin), Ed Haris (John McCain) and Woody Harrelson (Steve Schmidt, McCain’s campaign strategist); directed by Jay Roach

Based on: Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

Opening March 16th

MIrror Mirror

A fairy tale adaptation about an evil queen,  an exiled princes, seven resourceful rebels, and a prince, stars Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, and Nathan Lane; directed by Tarsem Singh.

Based on: the Snow White fairytale by the Brothers Grimm

Opening March 23rd

The Hunger Gamesbook cover

The highly anticipated movie about a future in which teenaged boys and girls are selected by the Government to participate in a televised fight to the death; starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Hemsworth

Based on: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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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