Every year, movies come out that have a book tie-in. Book aficionados always claim that the book is better. Visual people love the color and movement of the movie. Whatever your taste the best movies usually originate from literature. The following are some of this season’s choices:
Starring Keira Knightly, Ralph Fiennes and Hayley Atwell. Based on the biography by Amanda Foreman by the same name (or a former name; Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire).
Miracle at St. Ana
Starring Derek Luke, Micahel and laz Alonso, based on the novel by James McBride. This novel follows his previous success with “The Color of Water“. Miracle centers on four black US soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.
Starring Angjelica Huston, Sam Rockwell and Kelly MacDonald. Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk. This movie won The Special Jury Prize at Sundance.
Nights in Rodanthe
Starring Richard Gere, Dian Lane and James Franco. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.
Synedoche, New York
Starring Philip Seymore Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener. Based on Syndeche, New York: The Shooting Script by Charlie Kaufman.
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger and Jeremy Irons. Based on the novel by Robert B Parker, a western that is studded with big names.
Starring Dennis Quaid, Charles Dutton and Clancy Brown. Based on “The Express: The Ernie Davis Story” by Robert C. Gallagher”. Taken off the football field and combined with medical issues and the Heisman Trophy.
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
Starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst and Jeff Bridges. Based on a memoir by Toby Young. The new edition of this memoir includes a postscript on the making of the movie.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Starring Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Alexis Dziene. Based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. This circles around a nightlong teenage adventure in the Big Apple.
Body of Lies
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Carice van Houton. Based on the novel by David Ignatius which garnered a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly.
The City of Ember
Starring Bill Murray, Time Robbins and Saoirse Ronan. Based on the novel by Jeanne DuPrau. The film rights were purchased by Tom Hanks.
Flash of Genius
Starring Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney and Greg Kinnear. Based on the nonfiction book by John Seabrook which explores the moment of inspiration and the results of that strike.
The Secret Life of Bees
Starring Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudsen. Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd.
Disney High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgrens, Ashey Tisdale. Based on eight titles: Disney High School Musical 3, junior novel by N.B. Grace and Disney High School Musical 3: Reader #1 Take a Bow. This is the first big screen High School Musical.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Voices of Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen and David Schwimmer. Based on six titles including Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: the Gang’s All Here! by Annie Auerback and Madagascar Escape 2 Africa: The Junior Novel by J.E. Bright.
Quantum of Solace
Starring Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench. Based on James Bond: Polestar by Ian Fleming. Using the popular star Daniel Craig and a new director from last year’s blockbuster Casino Royale. Oona Chaplin, the great granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin has a small role.
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, who was the author of last year’s Best Picture winner for No Country For Old Men.
Voices by Miley Cyrus, John Travolta and Malcolm McDowell,. Based on Bolt Read-Aloud Storybook, Bolt Little Golden Book and One Ridiculous Adventure by Catherine Daley.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx and Catherine Keener. Based on Steve Lopez’s memoir, about a columnist who befriends a homeless violinist with schizophrenia. A starred review by Publisher’s Weekly.
Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Haunter. Based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer. ‘Nuff said.
Starring Salvatore Cantalupo, Gianfelice Imparato and Maria Nazionale. Based on the novel by Roberto Saviano which makes the The Godfather look like a playdate.
The Other Man
Starring Antonio Banderas, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Based on the novel by Bernard Schlink. The first of Schlink’s novels in the same time period. See Below.
Starring Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes and Alexandra Maria Lara. Based on the novel by Bernard Schlink which was an Oprah Book Club pick.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Starring the voice of Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton. Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Marley and Me
Starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin and Eric Dane. Based on the novel by John Grogan. The adventures of a puppy, with all its trial and rewards.
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Gabriel Macht and Eva Mende. Based on the graphic novel The Spirit by Will Eisner.
Starring Leonardo DiCapri, Kate Winslet. Based on Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Starring Daniel Craig, George MacKay, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell and Allan Cordun. Based on Defiance : The Bielski Partisans, by Nechama Tec.
Not Easily Broken
Starring Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan and Canon Jay.Based On: Not Easily Broken by T. D. Jakes
Starring Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mickey Rourke.Based on: Killshot by Elmore Leonard.
Starring Brandan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett and Paul Bettany. Based on: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Animated, 3D stop motion, featuring the voices of: Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane and Teri Hatcher. Based on the book: Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
He’s Just Not That Into You
Starring Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long, Ginnifer Goodwin, Wilson Cruz and Brooke Bloom. Based on the book: He’s Just Not that Into You.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Starring Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter and Joan Cusack. Based on: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Starring Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup and Jackie Earle Haley.Based on the comic book Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
Starring Matt Damon and Melanie Lynskey. Based on The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald.
Angels & Demons
Starring Tom Hanks. Based on: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Based on: Public Enemies: American’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, by Bryan Burrough.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Based on: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K Rowling. Note: The last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is being filmed as two movies, scheduled for Nov., 2010 and May, 2011.