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December 2018

Books on Screen

December 2018

December's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films Mortal Engines, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Mary Poppins Returns and Aquaman; the film release of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and the debut of "Watership Down" on Netflix; the ongoing series "Black Lightning," "The Flash" and "Arrow" on The CW; and the DVD releases of The Miseducation of Cameron Post, I Still See You, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, The House with a Clock in its Walls, Venom, Little Women.


In Theaters

Mortal Engines
Release Date: December 14th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: MORTAL ENGINES by Philip Reeve
A mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw, emerges as the only one who can stop a giant, predator city on wheels devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy, an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang, a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Release Date: December 14th (wide)
MPAA Rating:PG
Based on: The Marvel Comics character Miles Morales/Spider-Man
Miles Morales comes across the long-dead Peter Parker. This Peter Parker is not from his world though; he's from somewhere else in the multiverse. With Parker's guidance, Miles will become Spider-Man: and through that he will become part of the ever-expanding 'Spider-Verse'.

Mary Poppins Returns
Release Date: December 19th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: The Mary Poppins series by P. L. Travers
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Release Date: December 21st (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: The DC Comics character of the same name
Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.




Film Releases

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
Release Date: December 7th on Netflix
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: Stories collected in ALL THE MOWGLI STORIES by Rudyard Kipling
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a black panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, except for one; the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

Series/Season Premieres

"Watership Down" (limited series)
Release Date: December 23rd on Netflix
Based on: WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
Based upon Richard Adam's novel of the same title, this animated feature delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention.


Ongoing Series

"Black Lightning"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character of the same name
Jefferson Pierce has made his choice. He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend: Black Lightning

“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
Barry Allen is a Central City police forensic scientist with a reasonably happy life, despite the childhood trauma of a mysterious red and yellow lightning killing his mother and framing his father. All that changes when a massive particle accelerator accident leads to Barry being struck by lightning in his lab. Coming out of coma nine months later, Barry and his new friends at S.T.A.R labs find that he now has the ability to move at superhuman speed. Furthermore, Barry learns that he is but one of many affected by that event, most of whom are using their powers for evil. Determined to make a difference, Barry dedicates his life to fighting such threats, as The Flash. While he gains allies he never expected, there are also secret forces determined to aid and manipulate him for their own agenda.

Air Dates: Mondays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character Green Arrow, created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp
Oliver Queen and his father are lost at sea when their luxury yacht sinks, apparently in a storm. His father dies, but Oliver survives for five years on an uncharted island and eventually returns home. But he wasn't alone on the island where he learned not only how to fight and survive but also of his father's corruption and unscrupulous business dealings. He returns to civilization a changed man, determined to put things right. He disguises himself with the hood of one of his mysterious island mentors, arms himself with a bow and sets about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted his city.




The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Release Date: August 3rd (limited)
Rating: NR
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.) --- himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured” --- the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

I Still See You
DVD Release Date: December 11th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES by Daniel Waters
Bella Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with a mysterious classmate, Kirk, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead-and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption
DVD Release Date: December 11th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
When the war ended, his battle began. Based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini's powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls
DVD Release Date: December 18th
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK ON ITS WALLS by John Bellairs
Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world.

Little Women
DVD Release Date: December 18th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott
A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, we follow the lives of four sisters - Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March - detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism, and as they mature, they face blossoming ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, while maintaining their unbreakable bond as sisters.

DVD Release Date: December 18th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: The comic books Venom: Lethal Protector and Venom: Planet of the Symbiotes by David Michelinie
When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego "Venom" to save his life.