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Read it First! Film adaptations headed to theatres near you. September 2014 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:

Bob Saginowski, a man haunted by his criminal past, has come to terms with a simpler, if lonely, existence. But the discovery of an abandoned pit bull puppy threatens to drag him back into his old ways.

Originally written as a short story titled "Animal Rescue," Dennis Lehane has adapted his screenplay based on his short story into the full length novel The Drop


Check out the official website to learn more about the actors and watch the trailer. 




Release Date - September 12, 2014


Hector and the Search for Happiness is a psychiatrist's heartwarming tale of self discovery.  Frustrated with his inability to cure his patients suffering from a general malaise (and suffering from a bit of it himself,) he sets off on a journey around the world to discover what makes people truly happy.   

See the official trailer and learn more about the film here.




Release Date - September 19, 2014


A large concrete moss covered maze. The Maze Runner movie poster.

 After waking up alone and trapped in a dark box, Thomas finds himself in the Glade, a community of mysterious amnesic teenage boys.  The Gladers know only this: The Glade is surrounded by a maze whose pattern changes each day. At night, the walls themselves shut the Gladers in and keep the murderous Grievers out. But when an unexpected newcomer challenges the status quo, the Glader’s world is thrown into chaos and the community must join together to solve the maze once and for all.  The Maze Runner is the first installment in James Dashner's thrilling Maze Runner trilogy. 

Watch a trailer here 


Release Date - September 19, 2014

Judd Foxman has hit rock bottom.  After a brutal public uncovering of his wife’s affair with his boss, he finds himself separated, unemployed and traveling home to attend his father’s funeral. But fulfilling his father's dying wish means spending a week under the same roof with his estranged family. Jonathan Tropper's This is Where I Leave You is a funny and bittersweet reminder of the importance of family.


See the trailer, some gifs and a gallery of photos here


Release Date - September 19, 2014


Tracks by Robyn Davidson is the true story of a woman who journeyed through the Australian outback with nothing but four camels and her dog for companionship.

Learn more about this true story and watch a trailer here 






Release Date - September 19, 2014 (limited)


The 10th in the Matthew Scudder series, A Walk Among the Tombstones finds Scudder retired from the police force and working as a private investigator. When his friend’s wife is murdered over a botched ransom attempt, Scudder is pulled back into Brooklyn's seedy underbelly.


Learn more about the story and see the official trailer here.

Release Date - September 19, 2014

Beneath the city of Ratbridge, in a maze of tunnels, live Arthur and his adoptive grandfather, William. Each night, Arthur ventures up to the city to hunt for food. But one fateful evening, he accidentally witnesses an illegal cheese hunt and finds himself on the wrongside of the powerful Cheese Guild. Barely escaping the evil Archibald Snatcher, Arthur meets Fish, a boxtroll, and begins a journey to change the fate of Ratbridge and its underground world forever. Adapted from Alan Snow's beloved book Here be Monsters, the movie will be released under the title "The Boxtrolls."


Explore the world of Cheesebridge, watch a trailer and build your own boxtroll here.

Release Date - September 26, 2014
Charming couple Chester and Colette MacFarland flee America for Greece to evade their past and meet fellow American Rydal while touring the Acropolis. Drawn to the couple, Rydal soon finds himself unwittingly entangled in their suspicious and dangerous lives. By the same author of the Tom Ripley series, The Two Faces of January is a tense thriller.

See the official trailer here

Release Date - September 26, 2014 (limited)

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