Ready for your midsummer roundup of books-to-film? Here’s the best of what to expect month by month as we slink from outdoor projectors and BBQs into cozy blanket forts with hot cocoa. You won’t find the likes of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (though we’re excited about those too!) because we can’t pick all the movies, and you can’t tell me you haven’t already been counting down the days until you get to see Eddie Redmayne on screen again. So in the spirit of finding new things, let us introduce you to…
Movie Release Date: August 12th 2016
by Wm. Paul Young
So this release might be jumping the gun on winter wonderland, but it’s got emotional suspense fit for a heat wave. Four years after his daughter was abducted and likely murdered, Mack receives a note to return to the scene of the crime — a shack in the Oregon woods. Who in their right mind would possibly return, you ask? Mack, of course, because the note apparently comes from God. Once at the shack, Mack must confront his deepest horrors, and what he finds will change him forever.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell & Octavia Spencer | Directed By: Stuart Hazeldine
Movie Release Date: September 2nd 2016
The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
After years spent working at an isolated lighthouse off the coast of Australia following WWII, the keeper and his wife one day discover a baby and a dead man washed up in a boat. Conflicted over the right course of action, but desperate to finally have a family of their own, the couple decides to raise the baby themselves. The novel follows the ramifications of their decisions over the years to come.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander & Rachel Weisz | Directed By: Derek Cianfrance (Known for Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines)
Movie Release Date: October 7th 2016
The Girl On The Train
by Paula Hawkins
We all have our daily grind, no? The same routine, the same route, the same familiar faces. Now imagine two of those friendly faces — that sweet couple you’ve been admiring from afar — might be implicated in a crime. Now imagine you are the only witness. What do you do? The story follows Rachel as she grapples with exactly this and the consequences of getting involved at all.
Starring: Emily Blunt (swoon) | Directed By: Tate Taylor (Hint: The Help)
Movie Release Date: November 2016
by Shusaku Endo
Is history your thing? Or maybe just Andrew Garfield? The story centers on Jesuits bringing Christianity to 17th-century Japan. Cue cultural conflict, feudal lords, persecution, and the struggle for survival. Oh. And did we mention the all-star team of actors, not to mention the legendary director? This one is something to look out for, no doubt.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver & Liam Neeson | Directed By: Martin Scorsese
Movie Release Date: To Be Announced
A Hologram For The King
by Dave Eggers
Spice up your winter months with an American jaunt over to Saudi Arabia. Failing businessman Alan Clay flies halfway around the world in the hopes that a rising Middle Eastern city will offer him the opportunity to make something of himself and pull together the fraying strands of his own family.
Starring: Tom Hanks | Directed By: Tom Tykwer (See: Cloud Atlas)