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February 2019

Books on Screen

February 2019

February's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films Alita: Battle Angel; The Changeover and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; the series premiere of "The Umbrella Academy" on Netflix, as well as the ongoing series "Roswell, New Mexico," "Black Lightning," "The Flash" and "Arrow" on The CW; and the DVD release of The Grinch.


In Theaters

Alita: Battle Angel
Release Date: February 14th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: Battle Angel Alita: Last Order manga series by Yukito Kishiro
Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita's true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.

The Changeover
Release Date: February 22nd (limited)
MPAA Rating: N/A
Based on: THE CHANGEOVER by Margaret Mahy
A teenage girl looking and her younger brother stumble upon a sinister old man who brands the boy with a supernatural stamp. The boy begins to fall ill and to save him she must discover her own magic powers, doing battle with a demon.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Release Date: February 22nd (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind




Series Premieres

"The Umbrella Academy"
Release Date: February 15th on Netflix (Season One)
MPAA Rating: TV-14
Based on: The Umbrella Academy comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bay
On the same day in October 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves' passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father's death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.


Ongoing Series

"Roswell, New Mexico"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
MPAA Rating: TV-14
Based on: Roswell High series by Melinda Metz
A reimagining of Roswell, which centers on the residents of New Mexico, where aliens live undercover among humans.

"Black Lightning"
Air Dates: Mondays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
MPAA Rating: TV-14
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
MPAA Rating: TV-PG
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
MPAA Rating: TV-14
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 Grinch
DVD Release Date: February 5th
MPAA Rating: PG
For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it's a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch ...