More Novels into Film

Planning to see the movie? Read the book first!

Earlier in the year I highlighted books made into films during the first half of 2014.  Many more book-based movies are scheduled to release in the coming months.  Here are just a few, all available at Oakland Public Library, so you can check them out before seeing the movie!

A Most Wanted Man     Child of God     The Hundred Foot Journey     If I Stay    

Sin City     When the Game Stands Tall     The Switch     This is Where I Leave You   

The Two Faces of January     Gone Girl     The Best of Me     Unbroken 

A most wanted man : a novel / John Le Carré
Movie opens July 25th.
Stars Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman
A half-starved young Russian man claiming to be a devout Muslim, an idealistic young German civil rights lawyer, and sixty-year-old scion of a failing British bank based in Hamburg form an unlikely alliance as the rival spies of Germany, England and America scent a sure kill in the "War on Terror" and converge upon the innocents.  -From OPL catalog

Child of God / Cormac McCarthy
Movie opens August 1st
Stars James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Scott Haze
Falsely accused of rape, Lester Ballard is released from jail, and a trip to the dry-goods store, an errand to the blacksmith, and other incidents are transformed into scenes of the comic and grotesque. -From OPL catalog

The Hundred Foot Journey/Morais, Richard C.
Movie opens August 8th
Stars Helen Mirren, Rohan Chand, Charlotte Le Bon

"That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation.  Here is one of those rare chefs who is simply born.  He is an artist."  And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life's journey in this novel. -From OPL catalog

If I stay : a novel / by Gayle Forman
Movie opens August 22nd
Stars Choe Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mirella Enos, Joshua Leonard, and Stacy Keach
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. -From OPL catalog

Frank Miller's Sin City/Miller, Frank 
Movie opens August 22nd
Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, and Chris Meloni
Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For is the second of Miller's iconic crime/mystery grapic novels and the basis for the movie. -From publisher's description

When the game stands tall : the story of the De La Salle Spartans and football's longest winning streak / Neil Hayes ; foreword by Tony La Russa                                      
Movie opens August 22nd
Stars Jim Caviezey, Alexander Ludwig, Laura Dern, and Michael Chiklis
Captures the story of The Streak -- a historic 13-year run of consecutive wins by the Spartans, a high-school football team from Concord, California that couldn't be beat. -From publisher's description

The Switch/Leonard, Elmore
Movie opens August 29th
Stars Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, and Isla Fisher
The name of the movie based on this book is Life of Crime.  Eccentric characters, razor-sharp black humor, brilliant dialog, and suspense are all rolled into one package in Leonard's classic tale of a kidnapping gone wrong -- or terribly right, depending on how you look at it. -From publisher's description.

This is where I leave you / Jonathan Tropper
Movie opens September 19th
Stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, and Kathryn Hahn
The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years.  There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.  The family comes together to sit shiva under one roof.  -From publisher's description

The Two Faces of January / Highsmith, Patricia
Movie opensSeptember 28th
Stars Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, and Kirsten Dunst
Three of them are waiting.  Rydal Keener is waiting for something exciting to happen in his grubby little Athens hotel.  Chester Macfarland has been waiting much longer, expecting his life of stock manipulation and fraud to catch up with him.  And Chester's wife is waiting for something different altogether.  -From publisher's description.

Gone girl : a novel / Gillian Flynn 
Movie opens October 3rd
Stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, and Patrick Fugit.
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears.  The police immediately suspect Nick.  Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him.  He swears it isn't true.  What really happened to Nick's beautiful wife?  -From OPL catalog

The best of me / Nicholas Sparks
Movie opens October 17th
Stars Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, and Liana Liberato
Two small-town former high school sweethearts, now middle-aged, have taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined, and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world.  Now home for the funeral of the mentor who once game them shelter, they are forced to confront the choices they've made.  -From OPL catalog

Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption / Laura Hillenbrand
Movie opens December 25th
Stars Jack O'Connell, Domhnall, Gleeson, and Garrett Hedlund
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Force bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared -- Lt. Louis Zamperini.  -From OPL catalog.


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