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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. December 2015 edition

Elizabeth Graney, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
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If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times - the book was better. There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen. But if you don't know your beloved series is coming out as a movie or that the fun looking preview you saw was adapted from a book, how can you join the debate? The Library to the rescue! Here we will be exploring the movie adaptations soon to hit your local theatres and give you the chance to read before you view.

Coming this December :

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Chi-Raq is a modern take on Aristophanes' classic play, Lysistrata. Set during the Peloponnesian War, the original play focuses on the women of Greece and their frustration with the seemingly endless fighting. In an effort to end the bloodshed, the women of both sides band together and refuse to sleep with their husbands until they agree to end their fighting.  A timeless comedy of gender roles and political relations.

See the official trailer here

Release Date - December 4, 2015

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Shakespeare's classic tale of greed and ambition tells the story of Macbeth, a loyal kinsman to the King of Scotland, who lets his desire for power and his ruthless wife drive him to commit unthinkable acts.

Watch the trailer and see stills from the film here.

Release Date - December 4, 2015

A sea with several men floating and a large whale tail

In the Heart of the Sea is Nathaniel Philbrick's account of the true story that inspired Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. In 1820, the whaleship Essex sank into the Pacific Ocean after a violent encounter with a sperm whale. While many of the crew died in the attack, several attempted a desperate escape to South America on smaller whaleboats. 

See photos from the set and watch the trailer here.

Release Date - December 11, 2015

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The Big Short by Michael Lewis is the true account of the events that led to the housing and credit bubble of the 2000's and the ensuing financial crisis. Following both those who predicted the inevitable crash and those who made and lost billions of dollars betting for and against it, Lewis' frank record shines a light on hazardous investment practices.

Watch the official trailer here.


Release Date - December 23, 2015

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In the titular story of David Constantine's collection In Another CountryGeoff Mercer receives news that the body of his first love has been found, preserved in the glacier that took her life and that of their unborn child 60 years before. Geoff finds his peaceful life upended and his marriage threatened by the ensuing emotional turmoil. Constantine's story is an examination of love's unhealable wounds and the weight of time on one's soul. 

Watch the trailer and buy tickets for the film here.

Release Date - December 23, 2015

Stay tuned to see what other great books are headed for the silver screen