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August 2018

Books on Screen

August 2018

August's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films The Darkest Minds, The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Crazy Rich Asians; the series premiere of "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" on Amazon Video, along with the premiere of Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before; the season finale of "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" and the DVD release of Avengers: Infinity War.

 

In Theaters


Christopher Robin

Release Date: August 3rd (wide)
Rating: PG
Based on: Characters from WINNIE-THE-POOH by A. A. Milne
Christopher Robin --- now a family man living in London --- receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. With Christopher's help, Pooh embarks on a journey to find his friends --- Tigger, Eeyore, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga and Roo. Once reunited, the lovable bear and the gang travel to the big city to help Christopher rediscover the joy of life.

The Darkest Minds
Release Date: August 3rd (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken
When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Release Date: August 3rd (limited)
Rating: NR
Based on: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth
Based on the celebrated novel by Emily M. Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post follows Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) as she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center after getting caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night. Run by the strict and severe Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr.) --- himself an example of how those in the program can be “cured” --- the center is built upon repenting for “same sex attraction.” In the face of intolerance and denial, Cameron meets a group of fellow sinners including the amputee stoner Jane (Sasha Lane), and her friend, the Lakota Two-Spirit, Adam (Forrest Goodluck). Together, this group of teenagers form an unlikely family as they fight to survive.

The Meg
Release Date: August 10th (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror, by Steve Alten
In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

 
Crazy Rich Asians
Release Date: August 15th (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan
The story follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family, in this funny and romantic story sure to ring true for audiences everywhere.
 
Release Date: August 17th (limited)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: DOWN A DARK HALL by Lois Duncan
Kit Gordy, a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, confronts the institution's supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress.  
 
The Little Mermaid
Release Date: August 17th (limited)
Rating: PG
Based on: THE LITTLE MERMAID by Hans Christian Andersen
A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.
 
The Bookshop
Release Date: August 24th (limited)
Rating: PG
Based on: THE BOOKSHOP by Penelope Fitzgerald
England 1959. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.
 
Papillon
Release Date: August 24th (limited)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: PAPILLON and BANCO: The Further Adventures of Papillon, by Henri Charrière
Based on the international best-selling autobiographic books PAPILLON and BANCO, the film follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with a convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape. 


 

On TV
 

 

Films

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Release Date: August 10th on Netflix
Based on: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
A London writer bonds with the colorful residents of Guernsey as she learns about the book club they formed during the WWII German occupation.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Release Date: August 17th on Netflix
Based on: TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han
When her secret love letters somehow get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her quiet high school existence turned upside down.

 

Series/Season Premieres

"Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan"
Air Dates: Fridays on Amazon Video; Series Premiere on August 31st
Based on: The character of Jack Ryan, created by Tom Clancy
When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies. 

 

Series/Season Finales

"Marvel's Cloak & Dagger"
Air Dates: Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT on Freeform; Season One Finale on August 2nd
Based on: The Marvel Comics characters of the same name
Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life, and when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid.

"Strange Angel"
Streaming Dates: Thursdays on CBS All Access; Season One Finale on August 16th
Based on: STRANGE ANGEL: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons, by George Pendle
The story follows the life of Jack Parsons, a mysterious and brilliant man in 1930s Los Angeles, who by day helps birth the entirely unknown discipline of American rocketry, and by night is a performer of sex magick rituals and a disciple to occultist Aleister Crowley.


 

On DVD

Avengers: Infinity War
DVD Release Date: August 14th
Rating: PG-13
Based on: The Avengers series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment --- the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.

 
The House of Tomorrow
DVD Release Date: August 14th
Rating: PG-13
Based on: THE HOUSE OF TOMORROW by Peter Bognanni
Sixteen-year-old Sebastian (Asa Butterfield) has spent most of his life with his Nana (Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn) in their geodesic dome home tourist attraction where she raises him on the futurist teachings of her former mentor Buckminster Fuller in hopes that one day Sebastian will carry Fuller’s torch and make the world a better place. But when a stroke sidelines Nana, Sebastian begins sneaking around with Jared (Alex Wolff), a chain-smoking, punk-obsessed 16 year old with a heart transplant who lives in the suburbs with his bible-banging single father Alan (Nick Offerman) and teenage sister Meredith (Maude Apatow). Sebastian and Jared form a band and with his Nana’s dreams, his first real friendship, and a church talent show at stake, Sebastian must decide if he wants to become the next Buckminster Fuller, the next Sid Vicious, or something else entirely.