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April 2013

Books on Screen

April 2013

With winter weather finally showing signs of letting up and spring firmly taking charge, April will be a good month to stay outside a little longer to stargaze. However, the night sky isn't the only place you're going to see stars this month. With movies such as The Company You Keep, Pain & Gain and The Reluctant Fundamentalist featuring plenty of big names, including Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg and Kate Hudson, you will see plenty of stars on the silver screen, too.

On your small screens at home, you can return to some of your previous favorites with season three of "Game of Thrones" and the DVD release of Silver Linings Playbook. For the more adventurous viewers looking to make new favorites, we suggest "Hemlock Grove," a Netflix series that is sure to keep you guessing.

Since the days are getting longer, go ahead and stay up a little later to catch some great books on screen.



In Theaters:

The Company You Keep
Cast: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon
Director: Robert Redford
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: April 5th
Based On: THE COMPANY YOU KEEP by Neil Gordon

A single father's upper-middle class life as a lawyer in upstate New York is shattered when his past as a radical activist member of the Weather Underground is revealed and he is accused of having been the triggerman at a deadly bank robbery years before. Forced to go on the lam, the man evades law enforcement and encounters a series of drug dealers, bomb-planting radicals turned leftist academics, Vietnam vets, FBI agents and Republicans who collectively ponder the legacy of the '60s while searching for the one woman who can prove his innocence.


Cast: Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd Magnus Williamson, Anders Baasmo Christensen
Directors: Espen Sandberg and Joachim RØnning
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: April 26th
Based On: KON-TIKI: Six Men Cross the Pacific on a Raft by Thor Heyerdahl

In 1947, the world is gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl embarks on an astonishing expedition --- a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the Kon-Tiki raft. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv, Thor suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by ancient South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. Despite his inability to swim and fear of water, Thor decides to prove his theory by sailing the legendary voyage himself. After replicating the design of an ancient raft in balsa wood, Thor and five fellow adventurers set sail from Peru. Their only modern equipment is a radio, and they take a parrot along for company. A natural leader, Thor uses the stars and the ocean’s current to navigate the raft.

After three dangerous months on the open sea, encountering raging storms, sharks, and all the dangers the Ocean can muster, the exhausted crew sight Polynesia and make a triumphant landing. Having sacrificed everything for his mission, even his marriage, the success of the Kon-Tiki expedition proves bittersweet for Thor.


Pain & Gain
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson
Director: Michael Bay
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Release Date: April 26th
Based On: PAIN AND GAIN: The True Untold Story by Marc Schiller

Daniel Lugo is a regular bodybuilder who works at the Sun Gym along with his friend Adrian Doorbal. Sick of living the poor life, Lugo concocts a plan to kidnap Victor Kershaw, a regular at the gym and a rich, spoiled businessman, and extort money from him by means of torture. With the help of recently released criminal Paul Doyle, the "Sun Gym Gang" successfully gets Kershaw to sign over all his finances. But when Kershaw survives an attempted murder by the gang, he hires private investigator Ed Du Bois to catch the criminals after the Miami Police Department fails to do so.


The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland
Director: Mira Nair
Distributor: K5 Media Group
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: April 26th

We begin in 2011 in Lahore. At an outdoor café a Pakistani man named Changez tells Bobby, an American journalist, about his experiences in the United States. Roll back 10 years, and we find a younger Changez fresh from Princeton, seeking fortune and glory on Wall Street. The American Dream seems well within his grasp, complete with a smart and gorgeous artist girlfriend, Erica. But when the Twin Towers are attacked, a cultural divide slowly begins to crack open between Changez and Erica. Changez's dream soon begins to slip into nightmare: profiled, wrongfully arrested, strip-searched and interrogated, he is transformed from a well-educated, upwardly mobile businessman to a scapegoat and perceived enemy. With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland.



On TV:

"Hemlock Grove"
Cast: Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Lili Taylor, Dougray Scott
Network: Netflix
Series Premiere: April 19th
Based On: HEMLOCK GROVE by Brian McGreevy

After a teenage girl is mauled to death on the outskirts of Hemlock Grove, dark secrets and deep passions emerge. As authorities seek the killer, two suspects from rival families take matters into their own hands. Will they find a man or a monster?


"Game of Thrones"
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Harry Lloyd
Network: HBO
Air Dates: Sundays at 9:00 pm ET
Based On: A STORM OF SWORDS: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 by George R.R. Martin

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the "Game of Thrones."


"Monday Mornings"
Cast: Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan, Bill Irwin, Keong Sim, Sarayu Rao, Emily Swallow
Network: TNT
Season 1 Finale: Monday, April 8th at 10:00 pm ET/PT
Based On: MONDAY MORNINGS by Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Doctors face life-and-death decisions each and every day as they fight against often-impossible odds to save their patients. When things don’t go as they should, it’s up to their medical colleagues to determine what went wrong and learn from those costly mistakes.

"Monday Mornings" follows the lives of doctors as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. Every Monday, the doctors must gather with their peers for a confidential review of complications and errors in patient care.

Leading the staff at Chelsea General are Dr. Harding Hooten, the steely-eyed chief of surgery, and Dr. Jorge Villanueva, the hospital’s trauma chief. Their cadre of medical talent includes hotshot neurosurgeons Dr. Tyler Wison and Dr. Tina Ridgeway; the abrasive Dr. Buck Tierney; the socially challenged Dr. Sung Park; the petite-but-formidable Dr. Sydney Napur; and inquisitive resident Dr. Michelle Robidaux.


"The Carrie Diaries"
Cast: AnnaSophia Robb, Richard Kohnke

Network: The CW
Season 1 Finale: Monday, April 8th at 8pm ET/PT
Based On: THE CARRIE DIARIES by Candace Bushnell

It's 1984, and life isn't easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw. Since their mother passed away, Carrie's younger sister Dorrit is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own. Carrie's friends --- sweet, geeky Mouse, snarky Maggie and sensitive Walt --- make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn't doing much to take her mind off her troubles. Even the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian only reminds Carrie that she spent the whole summer grieving rather than moving on with life.

So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance. Carrie's eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City --- and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she's inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa's world. Carrie's friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she's fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life --- Manhattan.


Cast: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

Network: CBS

Air Dates: Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT

Based On: The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes, the iconic detective is taking on New York. Just out of rehab, he's been assigned to live with his worst nightmare-sober coach, Dr. Joan Watson. Holmes's unsurpassed skills of deduction and Watson's medical expertise come together to create a dream team for solving the NYPD's most impossible cases.




Gangster Squad
Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Distributor:  Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release: April 23rd
Based On: GANGSTER SQUAD: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman

Los Angeles, 1949. Ruthless, Brooklyn-born mob king Mickey Cohen runs the show in this town, reaping the ill-gotten gains from the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes and --- if he has his way --- every wire bet placed west of Chicago. And he does it all with the protection of not only his own paid goons, but also the police and the politicians who are under his control. It’s enough to intimidate even the bravest, street-hardened cop...except, perhaps, for the small, secret crew of LAPD outsiders led by Sgt. John O’Mara and Jerry Wooters, who come together to try to tear Cohen’s world apart.


Wuthering Heights
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Nichola Burley, Oliver Milburn
Director: Andrea Arnold
Distributor: Oscilloscope Labratories
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
DVD Release: April 23rd
Based On: WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Brontë

A new take on the classic love story between Heathcliff, a boy taken in by a kind man, and Cathy, the man’s young daughter. This film adaptation promises to be beautiful and evocative and bring a somewhat more modern take on an old favorite.


Silver Linings Playbook
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles
Director: David O. Russell
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release: April 30th

Life doesn't always go according to plan. Pat Solatano has lost everything --- his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother and father after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet --- and to share their family's obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he'll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.