The Maze Runner (Oct 2014)
This latest release is based on James Dashner’s 2009 book of the same name, and is the first instalment in the Maze Runner film series. The tale follows 16-year-old Thomas, played by Dylan O’Brien, who wakes in a rusty lift with no recollection of his name, only to find he is in the middle of a complex maze. With some edge-of-your-seat moments, chances are you’ll come back for the next instalment; the sequel, Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is due to be released in Autumn 2015.
Love, Rosie (Oct 2014)
Love, Rosie is a film adapted from Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 novel, Where Rainbows End, and follows childhood best friends Rosie and Alex as they continuously miss their chances to become an item. The leading roles in the adaptation are played by Lily Collins (Phil Collins’ daughter) and Sam Claflin, as it shows all the ups and downs of young love in a witty and heartfelt way. The film is as sweet and endearing as the book, and if you loved PS. I Love You – another of Cecelia’s books that was taken to the big screen back in 2007 – you’ll love this, too.
Gone Girl (Oct 2014)
Gone Girl is said to be the mystery/thriller film of the year, and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as the leading characters. The book’s author, Gillian Flynn, also wrote the screenplay, so it’s no wonder the film remains more-or-less faithful to the roots of the novel. When Nick’s wife, Amy, goes missing and creates a media frenzy, the spotlight is turned on him and he unexpectedly becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Just like the book, expect plenty of twists and thrills in this stylish and sleek adaptation.
Serena (Oct 2014)
Featuring some of the most sought-after Hollywood stars of the moment, including Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, this drama film is based upon the novel of the same name by American author Ron Rash. Set in 1930s North Carolina, the story centres around George Pemberton (Cooper) as he desperately tries to maintain the future of his timber empire. His situation becomes even more complex when he discovers his wife, Serena (Lawrence) is unable to bear children. An interesting and emotional watch, the film is made even more engaging by the chemistry between the leading duo, who have now clocked up their third on-screen appearance together.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Nov 2014)
Mockingjay is the third and final book in the epic series of action-adventure novels by Suzanne Collins. Due to the amount of action packed into the book, it has been split into two films, and this autumn sees the release of Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence. Those who have seen the movie adaptations prior to this one, including the Catching Fire film, will be pleased to see the leading characters (including Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen) re-emerge once more in this action-packed tale of survival.
This Is Where I Leave You (Oct 2014)
Based on the book by Jonathon Tropper (who also wrote the film’s screenplay), This Is Where I Leave You is a comedy drama centred around the life of Jud Foxman (played by Jason Bateman). When he returns home one day to find his wife in bed with his boss, his life suddenly takes an unexpected turn. A heart-warming tale of love, family and the overcoming of fear, this adaptation is a must-watch for anyone who was a fan of the book.
Unbroken (Dec 2014)
Due to be released on Boxing Day, Unbroken tells an emotional true story of war. Produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, this epic drama follows the extraordinary life of wartime hero Louis Zamperini (played by Jack O’Connell) who, along with two others, managed to survive for 47 days on a raft following a plane crash in World War II. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s hugely popular book, this film brings Zamperini’s inspiring story to the big screen, giving us something to look forward to after Christmas.
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