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September 2018

Books on Screen

September 2018

September's Books on Screen roundup includes the feature films God Bless the Broken Road, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, The House with a Clock in its Walls, Little Women and The Old Man & the Gun; the TV film The Bad Seed; and the DVD releases of Adrift.

 

In Theaters


God Bless the Broken Road

Release Date: September 7th (wide)
Rating: PG
Based on: GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD by Jennifer Dornbush
GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD tells the story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter in his absence. The film combines elements of faith, country music and stock car racing while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States Military.

Unbroken: Path to Redemption
Release Date: September 14th (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where the hit movie UNBROKEN concludes, sharing the next amazing chapter of the unbelievable true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. Haunted by nightmares of his torment, Louie sees himself as anything but a hero. Then, he meets Cynthia, a young woman who captures his eye-and his heart. Louie's wrathful quest for revenge drives him deeper into despair, putting the couple on the brink of divorce. Until Cynthia experiences Billy Graham's 1949 Los Angeles Crusade where she finds faith in God and a renewed commitment to her marriage and her husband. UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION brings to life the rest of this powerful real-life story of forgiveness, redemption and amazing grace.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Release Date: September 21st (wide)
Rating: PG
Based on: THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK ON ITS WALLS by John Bellairs
In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award (R) winner Cate Blanchett star in THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town's sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.

Little Women
Release Date: September 28th (wide)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott
Sisters --- and dreams --- are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends. From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters --- Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy --- are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting --- her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one...by heart.
 

The Old Man & the Gun
Release Date: September 28th (limited)
Rating: PG-13
Based on: The essay "The Old Man and the Old Gun" from THE DEVIL AND SHERLOCK HOLMES: Tales of Murder, Madness and Obsession, by David Grann
Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest's commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

 



 

On TV
 

 

Films

The Bad Seed
Air Date: September 9th at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime
Rating: TV-14
Based on: THE BAD SEED by William March
A single father seems to have everything under control, but a terrible tragedy takes place at daughter Emma's school that forces him to question everything he thought he knew about Emma. He slowly begins to question if Emma's exemplary behavior is just a facade and if she played a role in the horrific incident. When more strange things begin to happen, he is faced with keeping a terrible secret to protect Emma.
 

Series/Season Premieres

"Pete the Cat"
Release Date: September 21st on Amazon Prime Video (Season One)
Rating: TV-Y
Based on: Pete the Cat series by Eric Litwin, art by James Dean
Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling children's books by author James Dean, "Pete the Cat" is a fun, musically driven series about exploring your world and trying new things as well as  pushing the boundaries while being smart, accepting and optimistic. Pete is a very cool and loveable cat who, along with his friends, experiences the day-to-day challenges and changes that children can relate to on a personal level. Whether you're making new friends, or facing all of life's ups and downs, Pete highlights the lessons life can teach you.
 


 

On DVD
 

Adrift
DVD Release Date: September 4th
Rating: PG-13
Based on: RED SKY IN MOURNING: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea, by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart
Starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. Adrift is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love.