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March 2018

Books on Screen

March 2018

March's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films A Wrinkle in Time, Love, Simon, and Reader Player One; the series premieres of "Rise" on NBC and "The Dangerous Book for Boys" on Amazon, and the second season of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" on Netflix; and the DVD releases of The Breadwinner, Justice League and Jumanji.

 

In Theaters


A Wrinkle in Time
Release Date: March 9th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L'Engle

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother and her friend to space in order to find him.

Love, Simon
Release Date: March 16th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.

Reader Player One
Release Date: March 29th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

 



 

On TV
 

 

Series/Season Premieres

"Rise"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT on NBC; Series Premiere on March 13th
Based on: DRAMA HIGH: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater, by Michael Sokolove

A working class high school drama department and the students come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.

"The Dangerous Book for Boys" (Season One)
Release Date: March 30th on Amazon Video
Based on: THE DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden

The story of a middle-class family coping with the sudden passing of their beloved patriarch Patrick, a whimsical inventor who touched the lives of all who knew him. Devastated, his family finds hope in a guide book he created for his sons. The book is a how-to guide for childhood that inspires fantasies for his youngest son, Wyatt (Gabriel Bateman). While in his fantasy world, Wyatt reconnects with his father and learns life skills that help him navigate the real world. The series also stars Erinn Hayes as Beth, the matriarch of the family who is trying to raise her boys as a single parent.

"A Series of Unfortunate Events" (Season Two)
Release Date: March 30th on Netflix
Based on: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

After the loss of their parents in a mysterious fire, the three Baudelaire children face trials and tribulations attempting to uncover dark family secrets.

 

Ongoing Series

"Black Lightning"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
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.

“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 eleven, 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

Oliver’s new recruits for Team Arrow are Curtis, Wild Dog and Evelyn Sharp. Unfortunately, the Green Arrow’s training methods prove to be too much for some of them to handle. Meanwhile, in the flashbacks, Oliver’s initiation into the Bratva continues.

 


 

On DVD
 

The Breadwinner
DVD Release Date: March 6th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: THE BREADWINNER by Deborah Ellis

A headstrong young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

The Man Who Invented Christmas
DVD Release Date: March 6th
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits, by Les Standiford

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Ferdinand
DVD Release Date: March 13th
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: THE STORY OF FERDINAND written by Munro Leaf, drawings by Robert Lawson

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Justice League
DVD Release Date: March 13th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: The DC Comics superhero team Justice League

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
DVD Release Date: March 20th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: A screen story by Chris McKenna, based on JUMANJI by Chris Van Allsburg

Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.