Monday, April 3, 2017

5 Movies Based on Books Coming to a Screen This Month (April Watch List)


March 31: The Zookeepers Wife  *
Set in 1939 war-torn Poland, Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina Żabiński, who helped her husband Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh) run the Warswaw Zoo. As the country is invaded by Nazis & Jews are ripped from their homes, Antonina convinces her husband to use the zoo to hide escaped Jews. Their mission becomes more dangerous under the suspicious eye of the Reich’s  chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). Watch the trailer. My take on the movie Directed by Niki Caro. *

April 4: Wonder
The story about a ten year old boy with a facial deformity entering school for the first time in middle school. All he wants is to be the ordinary boy he feels on the inside, on the outside. It's not easy, as the promo says, to blend in when you’re born to stand out. Based on the book by R.J. Palacio, Wonder stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Watch the book trailer on the Wonder post.


April 21; The Lost City of Z 
The Lost City of Z stars Charlie Hunnam as British explorer Percy Fawcett who set off into the Amazon jungle searching for the Lost City & never returned. Based on the book by David Grann, the cast includes Robert Pattinson as Fawcett’s fellow explorer Henry Costin with Sienna Miller as his wife. Tom Holland, getting lots of attention as the new Spiderman, plays his brother Jack with the adorable Daniel Huttlestone as his son. Watch The Lost City of Z trailer.



April 28: The Circle 

Tom Hanks stars in the Dave Eggers adaptation, directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). Emma Watson replaced Alicia Vikander in the role of the woman who lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man. The film al8so stars John Boyega (Star Wars) Bill Paxton and Patton Oswalt. Loved the book. Here's my take on Dave Egger's The Circle.





April 26: The Handmaid's Tale  *
Set in a dystopian future a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship. A TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel that feels a little too relevant today. Elizabeth Moss stars as Offred.  Watch the trailer for The Handmaid's Tale. 3 episodes directed by Reed Morano *


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