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Read the Book - Then See the Movie

Do you like to read the book before you see the movie? Here’s a look at the books turned into movies in November, December, and January. Check them out at your hometown library today!

Big Sur
In theaters Nov. 1 (R)
Based on the book Big Sur by Jack Kerouc 
Retiring to a seaside cabin near San Francisco, Jack Duluoz looks for tranquility, but finds only horror and despair.

 

Ender's Game
In theaters Nov. 1 (PG-13)
Based on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth.

 

Great Expectations
In theaters Nov. 8 (PG-13)
Based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The orphan, Pip, and the convict, Magwitch, the beautiful Estella, and her guardian, the embittered and vengeful Miss Havisham, the ambitious lawyer, Mr. Jaggers--all have a part to play in the mystery.

 

How I Live Now
In theaters Nov. 8 (R)
Based on How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

 

The Book Thief
In theaters Nov. 8 (PG-13)
Based on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

 

Thor: The Dark World
In theaters Nov. 8 (NR )
Based on Thor comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby
In the aftermath of “Thor” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

 

The Motel Life
In theaters Nov. 8 (R)
Based on Motel Life by Willy Vlautin 
In a gritty debut, Vlautin explores a few weeks in the broken lives of two working-class brothers,Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who abruptly ditch their Reno motel after Jerry Lee drunkenly kills a boy on a bicycle in a hit-and-run.

 

Catching Fire
In theaters Nov. 22 (PG-13)
Based on Catching Fire, The Hunger Games Trilogy #2, by Suzanne Collins
By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

 

Philomena
In theaters Nov. 22 (R)
Based on Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith
Fifty years after being forced to give her son up for adoption, Irishwoman Philomena Lee decides to find him, while, on the other side of the Atlantic, her son, a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, struggles to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career and endanger his search to find his mother.

 

Homefront
In theaters Nov. 27 (R)
Based on Homefront by Chuck Logan
Moving to a Minnesota resort town in order to recover from a psychopath's attack, Nina Pryce finds her life further challenged when her second-grade daughter, Kit, begins acting out and incurring the wrath of a violent local family.

 

Oldboy
In theaters Nov. 27 (R)
Based on the manga series Old Boy by Garon Tsuchiya
Confined for ten years in a private prison, Old Boy's only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jailers, but when his incarceration suddenly ends, he is free to reclaim what's left of his life--and what's left is revenge.

 

Inside Llewyn Davis 
In theaters Dec. 20 (R)
Inspired by The Mayor of MacDougal Street: A Memoir by Dave Van Ronk
Follow a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
In theaters Dec. 12 (PG-13)
Based on the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.

 

Saving Mr. Banks 
In theaters Dec. 13 (PG-13)
Based on the book Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P. L. Travers by Valerie Lawson
Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.

 

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet 
In theaters Dec. 19 (NR)
Based on The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen
When twelve-year-old cartography genius T.S. Spivet receives a prestigious award, he leaves his quiet ranch home in Montana for Washington, D.C., and he learns more about himself and the world around him on his journey.

 

August: Osage County 
In theaters Dec. 25 (R)
Based on the play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed.

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 
In theaters Dec. 25 (PG)
Based on the short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

 

The Wolf of Wall Street
In theaters Dec. 25 (R)
Based on The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
The former head of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont describes the rise and fall of his financial empire, his life of jet-setting glamour and excess, and the scandal that destroyed his empire, sent him to prison, and led to a near-fatal brush with drug abuse.

 

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 
In theaters Jan. 17 (NR)
Based on the Jack Ryan series by Tom Clancy
Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

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