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October 2014

Books on Screen

October 2014

It's October, the spookiest month of the year for movies! If you're looking for a monsterous good time, check out The Boxtrolls, the story of an orphaned boy named Eggs raised by trash-collecting trolls. These monsters are sillier than they are scary, so it's the perfect Halloween treat!

Or if you've eaten too much candy, can't figure out your Halloween costume and are just having a terrible time, make sure to go see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and watch Alexander and his family have the worst day ever. It's sure to cheer up a lousy day.

So grab a handful of pumpkin-shaped Halloween candies and head out to see some books on screen!


 

In Theaters:

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Bella Thorne
Director: Miguel Arteta
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: October 10th
Based on: ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY by Judith Viorst

Disney's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life --- a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.

Cast: Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Nick Frost, Tracy Morgan
Director: Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
Distributor: Focus Features
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: September 26th
Based On: HERE BE MONSTERS! by Alan Snow

An orphaned boy named Eggs is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors called the Boxtrolls. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher, Eggs must go to great lengths to save his family.

 


 

On DVD:

 

Million Dollar Arm
Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin
Director: Craig Gillespie
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: October 7th
Based On: MILLION DOLLAR ARM: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game by J. B. Bernstein

JB Bernstein is a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner, Aash, will have to close their business down for good if JB doesn't come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, JB comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout in tow, JB stages a televised, nationwide competition called "Million Dollar Arm," where 40,000 hopefuls compete before two 18-year-old finalists, Rinku and Dinesh, emerge as winners. JB brings them back to the United States to train with legendary pitching coach Tom House. The goal: get the boys signed to a major league team. Not only is the game itself difficult to master, but life in the U.S. with a committed bachelor makes things even more complicated-for all of them. While Rinku and Dinesh learn the finer points of baseball and American culture, they in turn teach JB the true meaning of teamwork and commitment. Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads JB to find the one thing he was never looking for at all --- a family.