September 2016 Cinema Adaptations

September 2016 Cinema Adaptations


The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Based on the book ‘The Ninth Life of Louis Drax’ by Liz Jensen


A medic investigates the intriguing mystery of an accident-prone boy who returns from the dead.

In every year of his short life, Louis Drax has suffered a major mishap. He’s been crushed, poisoned, electrocuted, frozen, broken and drowned. Each time he’s survived. But on his ninth birthday, little Louis’ number finally appears to be up.

While on a picnic with his father Peter and mother Natalie, he tumbles off a cliff top into the icy water below. He’s pronounced dead before he even reaches the hospital. After two hours in the morgue, however, he begins to stir.

Celebrated paediatric neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal becomes fascinated by the boy’s bizarre existence and launches an investigation that takes him to the boundary of reality and fantasy.

Director – Alexandre Aja
Stars – Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul
Release Date – 2nd September 2016
Rated – 15


Ben Hur

Based on the book ‘Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ’ by Lew Wallace


Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman star in a spectacular reimagining of the great historical action epic.

In Roman-occupied Jerusalem, Prince Judah Ben-Hur is falsely accused of treason by his adoptive brother, army officer Messala.

He’s stripped of his title, separated from Esther, the woman he loves, and forced into years of slavery at sea. During his eventful exile, Ben-Hur encounters Sheikh Ilderim, who trains him as a charioteer. Eventually, he returns home bent on revenge. But by this time his life has been changed by encounters with Jesus Christ.

Director – Timur Bekmambetov
Stars – Morgan Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro, Toby Kebbell
Release Date – 9th September 2016
Rated – 12A


Bridget Jones’s Baby

Based on the book of the same name by Helen Fielding


Loveable singleton Bridget Jones approaches motherhood in this latest entry of the smash-hit comedy series.

12 years after the events of The Edge of Reason, hapless Bridget is now in her forties and enjoying her role as a high-flying news producer, but is no longer with hunky beau Mark Darcy. She’s therefore a bit surprised to find out that she’s pregnant – but who’s the father? Is it Mark, or her handsome new fella Jack Qwant?

One thing’s for sure: Bridget’s journey as she attempts to find out promises to be as hilarious and revealing as ever.

Director – Sharon Maguire
Stars – Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Release Date – 16th September 2016
Rated – 15


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Based on the book ‘Wild Pork and Watercress’ by Barry Crump


Two misfits go on the run in this hilarious, heart-warming and award-winning adventure.

Troubled, hip-hop-loving 12-year-old city kid Ricky Baker has passed through a string of foster homes. Now Child Welfare officials take him deep into the New Zealand bush to live with welcoming Bella and her grouchy husband Hec in their remote shack.

After a while, Ricky begins to settle in to his new home and even acquires a dog – which he names Tupac. But an abrupt change in circumstances causes Hec and Ricky to flee together into the bush, hotly pursued by the authorities.

Director – Taika Waititi
Stars – Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Release Date – 16th September 2016
Rated – 12A


The Infiltrator

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Mazur


Bryan Cranston stars as an undercover agent in this heart-pounding true-life ‘war on drugs’ thriller.

It’s 1986, and US Special Customs Agent Robert Mazur has a brainwave. Rather than pursuing the mountains of cocaine being smuggled into the US, it makes more sense to follow the proceeds back to the druglords. So he goes undercover as a flamboyant, high-living money-laundering businessman named ‘Bob Musella’.

With rookie Kathy Ertz posing as his fiancee, Mazur eventually succeeds in befriending Roberto Alcaino, trusted lieutenant of the kingpin behind the world’s most notorious drugs cartel: Pablo Escobar. But this is a highly dangerous game. If they arouse the slightest suspicion or make one false move, it will mean instant death.

Director – Brad Furman
Stars – Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt
Release Date – 16th September 2016
Rated – 15


The Girl with all the Gifts

Based on the book of the same name by M.R. Carey


One girl holds the key to survival in this strikingly original post-apocalyptic zombie horror.

In a dystopian near future, humanity has been ravaged by a mysterious fungal disease. The afflicted are robbed of all free will and turned into flesh-eating ‘hungries’. Mankind’s only hope is a small group of hybrid children who crave human flesh but retain the ability to think and feel.

The kids go to school at an army base in rural England, where they’re subjected to cruel experiments by Dr. Cauldwell (Glenn Close). Teacher Helen grows particularly close to an exceptional girl named Melanie. When the base is invaded, the trio escape with guard Sergeant Parks and embark on a perilous journey of survival, during which Melanie must come to terms with who she is.

Director – Colm McCarthy
Stars – Sennia Nanua, Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close
Release Date – 23rd September 2016
Rated – 15


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Based on the of the same name by Ransom Riggs


A boy must save the residents of a mysterious island orphanage in Tim Burton’s imaginative fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman has grown up listening to his grandfather’s bizarre stories of the residents of a strange and mysterious island orphanage known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar’s.

When the old man dies in mysterious circumstances, he leaves young Jacob clues that set him on an extraordinary quest. What he finds is a magical place, spanning different worlds and times, whose residents possess astonishing abilities. But they are also under threat from sinister monsters. Now it’s up to Jacob to use his own ‘peculiarity’ to save them.

Director – Tim Burton
Stars – Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Allison Janney
Release Date – 30th September 2016
Rated – 12A



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