With the recent news that MoviePass revived its unlimited plan, it’s time to mark your calendar for the movies you can’t miss this year. And what better place to start than movies that originated from great books. With a range from children’s classics like Mary Poppins, to new buzzworthy bestsellers like Crazy Rich Asians, there is plenty to see (and read) this year. Here are some highlights of titles scheduled to be released in 2018:
The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels. In this story, orphaned Lewis goes to live with Uncle Jonathan, a wizard, and becomes involved in foiling a dead magician's evil plot to end the world.
Starring: Cate Blanchett and Jack Black
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism. And as they mature, they face blossoming ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy while maintaining their unbreakable bond as sisters.
Starring: Lea Thompson
Mowgli based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
This adaptation focuses on Mowgli, the human boy brought up by animals in the Indian jungle. Compare it with another recent live-action adaption of The Jungle Book from 2016.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and Cate Blanchett
The Grinch based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
A new retelling of a grumpy Grinch who plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling
Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Zoe Kravitz, and Jude Law
Mary Poppins Returns by P.L. Travers
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Colin Firth, and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Young Adult Hits
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run “rehabilitation camp” for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, and Amandla Stenberg
Holmes & Watson based on Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.
Starring: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a 15-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
Starring: Hugo Weaving and Frankie Adams
Fiction - From Hidden Gems to Bestsellers
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
A lush, raw, thrilling, and bestselling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, seductive world of a famous New York City restaurant. This is being adapted into a TV series on Starz.
Starring: Ella Purnell
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This outrageously funny bestselling debut novel is about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
Starring: Constance Wu and Henry Golding
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
A beautiful, raw and compassionate memoir about identity, love and understanding. This poignant account by a survivor of a church-supported sexual orientation conversion therapy facility that claimed to "cure" homosexuality describes its intense Bible study program and the daily threats of his abandonment by family, friends and God, an experience that transformed his relationships and self-understandings.
Starring: Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe
First Man by Garrard Conley
A look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Starring: Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
A whip-smart, hysterical dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch.
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Crudup
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return. She is the girl with the dragon tattoo--a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it.
Starring: Claire Foy and Lakeith Stanfield