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April 2018

Books on Screen

April 2018

April's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films Avengers: Infinity War and The House of Tomorrow; the season finale of "Black Lightning" on The CW, along with the ongoing series "Rise" on NBC, "Shadowhunters" on Freeform and "The Flash" and "Arrow" on The CW; and the DVD releases of Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Forever My Girl and Paddington 2.

 

In Theaters

Avengers: Infinity War
Release Date: April 27th (wide)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Based on: The Avengers series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Iron Man, Thor the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet --- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. 

The House of Tomorrow
Release Date: April 27th (limited)
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Based on: THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW by Peter Bognanni

A sheltered, socially-awkward teen becomes friends with a green-haired heart transplant patient who introduces him to punk rock.



 

On TV
 

 

Series/Season Finales

"Black Lightning"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW; Season One Finale on April 17th
Based on: The DC Comics character of the same name

As a younger man, Jefferson Pierce donned the suit of a vigilante and protected the streets of his city, but he believed he'd left those days in the past. He learns that life doesn't always work out as planned when his daughter, Jennifer --- a star student who is determined to achieve justice at any cost --- gets recruited by a street gang. In order to protect his family, Jefferson sees no choice but to once again become Black Lightning.

Ongoing Series

"Rise"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on NBC
Based on: DRAMA HIGH: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater, by Michael Sokolove

Inspired by a true story, a working-class community is awakened when its high school theater program takes on an unconventional new leader.

"Shadowhunters"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT on Freeform
Based on: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

On her birthday, Clary Fray discovers a surprise concerning her life. The teenager is not who she thinks she is --- she comes from a long line of human-angel hybrids, called Shadowhunters, who hunt demons. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary is thrust into the world of demon-hunting. Clary relies on mysterious Jace and fellow hunters Isabelle and Alec to help her navigate the dark world. While living in this new world among creatures like vampires and werewolves, Clary's best friend Simon helps her uncover answers that could help her find her mother.

“The Flash”
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character The Flash, created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino

At 11, Barry Allen's life changed completely when his mother died in a freak accident and his innocent father was convicted of her murder. Now a crime-scene investigator, his dedication to learn the truth about his mother's death drives him to follow up on every new scientific advancement and urban legend. When his latest obsession --- a particle accelerator heralded as a world-changing invention --- causes an explosion, it creates a freak storm and Barry is struck by lightning. He awakes from a coma nine months later with the power of superspeed. When he learns that others who have gained powers use them for evil, he dedicates himself to protecting the innocent, while still trying to solve the older mystery.

“Arrow”
Air Dates: Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character Green Arrow, created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

When presumed-dead billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home to Starling City after five years stranded on a remote island in the Pacific, he hides the ways the experience has changed him. As he reconnects with those closest to him, including his sister, Thea, Oliver appears to be the same wealthy, carefree bachelor they've always known. At night, flanked by his devoted friend, Diggle, Oliver uses his secret persona --- that of a vigilante --- to right societal wrongs and transform the city to its former glory.


 

On DVD

 

Forever My Girl
DVD Release Date: April 24th
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: FOREVER MY GIRL by Heidi McLaughlin

Eight years later, Liam returns to his tiny hometown for the first time as a world-famous recording artist, but not even his own father is thrilled to see him. As he tries to rebuild the bridges he burned years earlier, Liam reconnects with his small-town roots, his close-knit community and Josie, the girl he left behind. As he attempts to reclaim everything he loved and lost, Josie does her best to keep him out of her heart, but life has one more surprise waiting for Liam, one that could change everything, in this heartwarming look at love, family and second chances.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
DVD Release Date: April 24th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: THE DEATH CURE: The Maze Runner, Book 3 by James Dashner

Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

Paddington 2
DVD Release Date: April 24th
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: The stories of the character Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop --- the perfect present for his beloved aunt's 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy's big celebration.