- Megan Bingham
Are you looking forward to 2018's new movies? From the discovery of a mysterious country to a sultry romantic finale, this year is starting off with strong on the big screen. Read the books before Hollywood releases the movie versions, and log them with the Adult Winter Reading Challenge to receive a complimentary reading club mug* and a chance to win Splitsville movie tickets or a bag of books!
On January 19, witness a runaway couple from a boring retirement home take the RV trip of a lifetime in The Leisure Seeker, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland. The movie is adapted from the novel of the same name, by Michael Zadoorian. Run the maze one more time on January 26 with the next installment in James Dashner's epic teen fantasy series, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Another popular series comes to a conclusion on February 9, with the romantic thriller Fifty Shades Freed, the last of the Fifty Shades of Grey books. Anastasia Steele has finally won the heart of the sexy entrepreneur Christian Grey, but she must overcome his past—as well as her own. Will Ana and Christian find happily-ever-after'?
African superhero-king T'Challa returns to the big screen in a movie of his own with the Black Panther, on February 16. See him again and the rest of the Avengers on May 4, for one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Avengers: Infinity War! And, last but not least for February, investigate the mysterious and dangerous Area X with Natalie Portman in Annihilation, on February 23, based on Jeff VanderMeer's first-in-a-series, epic science fiction title.
On March 2, two intense thrillers are released on the same day: Red Sparrow and Eli Roth's remake of Death Wish, the 1974 Charles Bronson epic, based on Brian Garfield's novel. In Red Sparrow, a movie based on a book by 33-year veteran CIA officer Jason Matthews, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence plays Russian intelligence officer and ballerina Dominika Egorova, who is drafted as one of the "sparrows," women spies who use their bodies to hunt and kill enemies. Her target: an American CIA operative, who is publically against leader Vladimir Putin. On March 9, Disney's A Wrinkle in Time hits the big screen, starring Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, and Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which. It is based on Madeleine L'Engle's much-loved children's classic of the same name.
Love, Simon, based on Beck Albertalli's teen hit Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, comes out March 16, starring Nick Robinson from 2017's Everything, Everything. Everyone deserves a great love story, even Simon, who knows he's gay but hides it from his family and friends. After falling in love with an anonymous classmate online, Simon faces a series of drastic life changes. To round out the month, on March 30, the long-awaited adaptation of Ernest Cline's popular science fiction novel, Ready Player One, hits the screen with director Steven Spielberg blowing everyone away with his high-tech visuals of the mysterious virtual reality world OASIS.
On April 13, five young mutants discover their abilities, while being held against their will in a top-secret facility in the X-Men franchise The New Mutants. The science fiction-horror film stars well-known young adult actors, such as Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), and Maise Williams (Game of Thrones).
Are you ready to read these books before they hit the big screen in the first half of 2018? Check out the booklist below.
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