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January 2018

Books on Screen

January 2018

January's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films Paddington 2, Forever My Girl, and Maze Runner: The Death Cure; the debut of the series "Black Lightning"; and the DVD releases of Rebel in the Rye and So B. It.

 

In Theaters


Paddington 2

Release Date: January 12th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: The stories of the character Paddington Bear created by Michael Bond

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Forever My Girl
Release Date: January 19th (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG
Based on: FOREVER MY GIRL by Heidi McLaughlin

Forever My Girl tells the story of country music super-star Liam Page who left his bride, Josie, at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Release Date: January 26th (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: THE DEATH CURE: The Maze Runner, Book 3 by James Dashner

In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.

 



 

On TV
 

 

Series/Season Premieres

"Black Lightning"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW; Series Premiere on January 16th
Based on: The DC Comics character of the same name

A retired superhero becomes a vigilante for justice.

 

Ongoing Series

“The Flash”
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: DC Comics character The Flash, created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino

Barry is living his dream life --- his parents are alive, he’s asked Iris West on a date and he can finally be a normal guy as Central City has another speedster, Kid Flash, running around saving the city. When Barry starts forgetting parts of his old life, the Reverse Flash taunts his nemesis and tells him that there will be serious repercussions for Barry and the ones he loves if he continues to live in this alternate universe. In addition to losing his memories, his powers will also start to fade. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in this world as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash.”

“Arrow”
Air Dates: Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: 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
 

Rebel in the Rye
DVD Release Date: January 2nd
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: J. D. SALINGER: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski

This biopic of legendary author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) details his relationship with socialite Oona O'Neill (Zoey Deutch), his experiences fighting in World War II, and his writing process for THE CATCHER IN THE RYE.

So B. It
DVD Release Date: January 9th
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Based on: SO B. IT by Sarah Weeks

A young girl named Heidi, who lives with her mentally disabled mother, travels across the country to find out about her and her mother's past.