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March 2016

Books on Screen

March 2016

It’s finally March, and that means it’s almost time to pull out the T-shirts, shorts and skirts we were sadly deprived of during winter. Even though the weather is getting nicer, there's still no better way to spend a lazy day than with a great film and lots of snacks.  If you're looking for a way to spend a cozy weekend, here are some exciting book to screen adaptations hitting theaters this month. First on the list is a film we’ve all been anticipating since last March: ALLEGIANT --- part one --- which has Tris and Four breaking out of walled-in Chicago, where they find themselves making impossible choices and extreme sacrifices.

Perhaps you’re looking for something even more action-packed. If so, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is perfect for you. Gotham City’s formidable and dark vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern day savior in this thrilling, fast-paced film featuring earth’s two most powerful (and attractive) superheroes. Following the comic book theme, "Daredevil" season two premieres on March 18th on Netflix! This adaptation follows a blind lawyer who fights crime by day in the courtroom and defeats villains by night with his extraordinary senses.

Grab a light jacket, some popcorn (I like mine buttery) and be prepared to find yourself at the edge of your seat as you watch this month’s new books on screen!



In Theaters:

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels
Director: Robert Schwentke
Distributor: Lionsgate
MPAA Rating: N/A
Release Date: March 18th
Based on: ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.


Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Zack Snyder
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 25th
Based on: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS comic by Frank Miller

Superman and Batman unite! Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known.


On TV:

“Daredevil” (Season 2, limited series)
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Elodie Yung, Jon Bernthal
Network: Netflix
Air Dates: Premieres March 18th; all espisodes released after 12:01am
Based On: Daredevil Marvel comics created by Stan Lee, Bill Everett

A blind lawyer fights crime by day in the courtroom and by night as a superhero with extraordinary senses in this adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Daredevil.


“The Flash”
Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jessie L. Martin
Network: The CW
Air Dates: Returns March 22nd; Tuesdays at 8pm ET
Based On: THE FLASH: DC Comics character created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino

Following the defeat of Barry Allen's arch-nemesis Eobard Thawne (a.k.a. Reverse Flash), Team Flash quickly turned their attention to the singularity swirling high above Central City, which fans last saw consuming everything in its path. Armed with the heart of a hero and the ability to move at super speeds, Barry charged into the eye of the singularity, but will he actually be able to save his city from impending doom?


Cast: Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, David Castro
Network: Freeform
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET
Based On: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

On her 18th birthday, a woman discovers that she's an angel-human hybrid who hunts demons. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting in order to find clues that can help her find her mother.


“The Shannara Chronicles” (limited series)
Cast: Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Manu Bennett, Aaron Jakubenko, Ivana Baquero, John Rhys-Davies 
Network: MTV
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 10pm ET
Based On: ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA, Book 2 in the Shannara series by Terry Brooks

An elf, a human and a half-elf, half-human set out to stop a demon army from destroying the world in this fantasy drama adapted from the book series by Terry Brooks.


Cast: Stephen Amell, Colin Donnell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne
Network: The CW
Air Dates: Returns March 23rd; Wednesdays at 8pm ET
Based On: DC Comics character Green Arrow created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

After defeating his most formidable foe to date and riding off into the sunset with longtime flame Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen (aka The Arrow) left Starling City with the hopes of beginning a new life. But will Oliver ever truly be able to leave behind his past as the Arrow, and, if so, what becomes of the team he has worked so hard to assemble? Will Diggle, Thea and Laurel be left to continue Oliver’s crusade without him? And with Malcolm Merlyn having ascended to the top of the League of Assassins as the new Ra's al Ghul, is anyone really safe?


"Legends of Tomorrow"
Cast: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill, Ciara Renée, Franz Drameh, Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Casper Crump
Network: The CW
Air Dates: Thursdays at 8pm ET
Based On: DC Comics characters

A time-traveling rogue assembles a group of heroes and villains to prevent the world's destruction.



Man of Steel
Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Harry Lennix
Director: Zack Snyder
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: March 1st
Based on: The Man of Steel DC comics by John Bryne

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.


Ender’s Game
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford
Director: Gavin Hood
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: March 1st (wide)
Based On: ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card

In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.


Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen, William H. Macy
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: March 1st
Based on: ROOM by Emma Donoghue

This drama tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5 year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. However, they are trapped in a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named "Room." As Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.


The Peanuts Movie
Cast: [voices of] Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Alexander Garfin, Mariel Sheets, Bill Melendez
Director: Steve Martino
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: March 8th
Based On: Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world's most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, The Peanuts Movie will prove that every underdog has his day.


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Gwendoline Christie, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin
Director: Francis Lawrence
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: March 22nd
Based On: MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 now brings the franchise to its powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival --- they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends --- including Gale, Finnick and Peeta --- Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.


Seventh Son
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams
Director: Sergei Bodrov
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: March 29th
Based On: SEVENTH SON by Orson Scott Card

In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin, centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. He has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man's only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.