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October 2018

Books on Screen

October 2018

October's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films The Hate U Give, Venom, First Man, Goosebumps 2, I Still See You and Wildlife; the series premiere of "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" on Netflix, along with "The Flash," "Black Lightning" and "Arrow" on the CW; and the DVD releases of Leave No Trace, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Down a Dark Hall and The Darkest Minds.


In Theaters

The Hate U Give

Release Date: October 5th (limited); October 19th (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the rich mostly white prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Release Date: October 5th (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: The comic books Venom: Lethal Protector and Venom: Planet of the Symbiotes by David Michelinie
Investigative journalist Eddie Brock attempts a comeback following a scandal but accidentally becomes the host of an alien symbiote that gives him a violent super alter ego: Venom. Soon, he must rely on his newfound powers to protect the world from a shadowy organisation looking for a symbiote of their own.

First Man
Release Date: October 12th (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: FIRST MAN: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen
First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961 --- 1969. A visceral, first --- person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Release Date: October 12th (wide)
Rating: PG
Based on: The Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine
Slappy is back to wreak more havoc this Halloween in a brand new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400 million selling series of books.

I Still See You
Release Date: October 12th (limited)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES by Daniel Waters
Bella Thorne stars in this spellbinding and romantic supernatural thriller. Ten years after an apocalyptic event left the world haunted by ghosts, Roni (Thorne) receives a threatening message from beyond the grave. Joining forces with a mysterious classmate, Kirk, Roni descends into a shadow world that blurs the bounds of the living and the dead-and begins a desperate race against time to stop a cunning killer.

Release Date: October 19th (limited)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: WILDLIFE by Richard Ford
14 year old Joe played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould, is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Jake Gyllenhaal) ---- a housewife and a golf pro --- in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job --- and his sense of purpose --- he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother's struggle as she tries to keep her head above water. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, WILDLIFE commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents' marriage.





Series/Season Premieres

"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"
Release Date: October 26th on Netflix (Season One)
Based on: The comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack and Jack Morelli
This adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature --- half-witch half-mortal --- while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

“The Flash”
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW; Season Five Premiere on October 9th
Based on: The DC Comics character The Flash, created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino
Scientist Barry Allen acquires super speed through a freak accident and becomes known as the Fastest Man Alive in this adaptation of the DC Comics character the Flash.

"Black Lightning"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW; Season Two Premiere on October 9th
Based on: The DC Comics character of the same name
Highschool principal Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) suits up once again as Black Lightning to save his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) from trouble. In doing so, he breaks his promise to his ex-wife Lynn (Christine Adams) to retire from being a superhero for good. What Jefferson intended to be a one time stint, however, becomes a full-time return to wearing the cape when he learns that he and his family are being targeted by the criminal organization that calls itself the 100 and the shadowy government agency ASA. James Remar, Damon Gupton, and Marvin "Krondon" Jones III join the cast as Pierce family friend Peter Gambi, police inspector Billy Henderson, and the 100 leader Tobias Whale respectively.

Air Dates: Mondays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW; Season Seven Premiere on October 15th
Based on: The DC Comics character Green Arrow, created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp
Reinventing the DC Comics character, the Arrow is not a superhero but a hero every bit as dangerous as the criminals he's hunting.




Leave No Trace
DVD Release Date: October 2nd
Rating: PG
Based on: MY ABANDONMENT by Peter Rock
Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp
DVD Release Date: October 16th
Rating: PG-13
Based on: The Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/Wasp
From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink: Ant-Man and The Wasp. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Rudd) grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he's confronted by Hope van Dyne (Lilly) and Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas) with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from their past.

Down a Dark Hall
DVD Release Date: October 16th
Rating: PG-13
Based on: DOWN A DARK HALL by Lois Duncan
Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school's only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.

The Darkest Minds
DVD Release Date: October 30th
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.