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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. September 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 September :


Two men with large backpacks stand on the edge of a cliff, arguing.

This is the true story of author Bill Bryson and his friend Stephen Katz's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail. But barely into the 2,160 mile journey, the two realize they are ill equipped to deal with such a daunting task or the prospect of each other's extended company. Employing Bryson's usual entertaining style, A Walk in the Woods is a humorous account of history, ecology and friendship.


Watch the trailer, learn about the cast and read reviews of the film here


Release Date - September 2, 2015






Two young women hold hands

Everyone wants to know why. Why did nineteen year old Charlene callously murder her best friend Sarah? Two years after her confession and subsequent imprisonment, Charlene decides to disclose the events that led to her fateful act.  Ann-Sophie Brasme's Breathe explores what turns love into hate in this story of teenage friendship.


See the official trailer here





Release Date - September 11, 2015






A crashed car on a bridge over water Baptist minister Don Piper was proclaimed dead at the scene after a semi truck crashed into his car. For 90 minutes, while some prayed and others began to mourn, Piper says he found himself in heaven, overwhelmed with peace. Piper's non fiction 90 Minutes in Heaven, is the true story of a near death experience and the blessing and burden of being revived.


View the trailer and learn more about the cast and crew here



Release Date - September 11, 2015

A lone wolf stands on a snowy tundraChen Zen, a Beijing student during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, travels to live as a shepard in Inner Mongolia. Working close to the land for the first time in his life, he is exposed to the wild wolf packs of the region and their relationship to the local human population. Though both fear and distrust each other, there is a respect that creates a sense of tense stability for all. However, Chen's simple life is upended when the government orders the wolves killed so that Han Chinese can settle the land. Jiang Rong's The Wolf Totem considers the delicate balance between man and nature. 

See the official trailer here


Release Date - September 11, 2015





A man with a gun stands over a prone body

Dick Lehr's Black Mass is the true story of two childhood friends who grew up to embody the extremes of the law. As John Connoly climbed the ranks of the FBI, James "Whitey" Bulger became the head of the Boston Irish Mob. After an ill conceived idea to use this inside connection to advance his career and gain a powerful informant, Connolly finds himself working with a man capable of more than he could ever imagine. This is a dark tale of drugs, money and murder set in 1970's Boston.


Watch the movie trailer and learn more about the true story here


Release Date - September 18, 2015






A man stands in profile with a gun in the background while a young woman faces the camera in the foreground. In Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero, Ashley Smith tells the true story of when she was held captive in her own apartment by a killer on the run. During her seven hour ordeal, Smith found herself engaging with her captor in ways she did not expect. A widow and single mother in the midst of trying to turn her life around, Smith found another soul in need of redemption. 


Visit the offical movie site to see the trailer and more



Release Date - September 18, 2015






Two women stand together, one in profile, one with her back facing the camera.

Christine is a nervous woman with a set routine. She has her apartment, her husband and her regular visits with her friend Angie. But when she meets a new friend, she finds herself living outside her confining comfort zone and seeing life through new eyes. But new and exciting experiences can also have a dark side and Christine may have ventured too far to find her way back to the safe life she once knew. The titular tale in The New Girl Friend and Other Stories of Suspensea collection of short mystery stories by Ruth Rendell, this tale, though short, packs a heavy punch. 


Visit the director's website to see the trailer and learn more news about this film.


Release Date - September 18, 2015





A toppled building is a makeshift bridge over a canyon with six human figures crossing it. SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ OR SEEN THE MAZE RUNNER

In The Scorch Trials, James Dashner's sequel to The Maze Runner, the Gladers have managed to escape the Maze. But their rescue is cut short when their place of refuge is attacked. Once again on their own, they must survive the Cranks, the Flare and the desert wasteland between them and salvation.


See the official trailers and photos from the film here



Release Date - September 18, 2015






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