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February 2014

Books on Screen

February 2014

February means a lot of things to a lot of different people. For the movie industry, it means cashing in on our midmonth obsession with all things L-O-V-E.  In theaters this month are two movies based on books about love taken to the extreme. The first is Endless Love, which stars Alex Pettyfer and newcomer Gabriella Wilde as star-crossed lovers David and Jade in this adaptation of the Scott Spencer novel of the same name. The lines between love and obsession become increasingly blurred as the pair pursue each other, despite the disapproval of Jade’s overprotective parents. If you'd prefer a more unambiguous, beautiful message about love, look no further than A Winter’s Tale, which is a story about using the power of love to overcome the constraints of space and time --- and even death. The movie looks devastatingly lovely, and I recommend bringing tissues and chocolates to get you through it.  And if you're more in the mood to watch a movie that focuses on sibling love...and you know, vampires...look no further than Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, based on Richelle Mead's bestselling series.


In Theaters:

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovski, Olga Kurylenko
Director: Mark Waters
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: February 7th
Based On: VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead

Based on author Richelle Mead’s worldwide bestselling series, Vampire Academy tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa --- a royal vampire princess --- have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamir's Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy. Thrust back into the perils of Moroi society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love-interest, Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa’s guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary. 


Endless Love
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Robert Patrick, Joely Richardson, Gabriella Wilde
Director: Shana Feste
Distributor: Universal Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: February 14th
Based On: ENDLESS LOVE by Scott Spencer

Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) star in Universal Pictures' ENDLESS LOVE, the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.


Winter’s Tale
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly, Eve Marie Saint
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Distributor: Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: February 14th
Based On: WINTER’S TALE by Mark Helprin

One winter night, Peter Lake --- master mechanic and second-storey man --- attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead.