This Fall’s crop of movies are quite literary. They range from Anna Karenina to Jack Reacher — so there’s something for everyone. Which one are you most likely to see? Or, are you a movie buff who will watch all of them?
1. Life of Pi
This movie, based on Yann Martel‘s bestselling novel about a boy on a dangerous crossing of the Pacific with a tiger named Richard Parker, looks beautifully cinematic.
2. Cloud Atlas
This is a complex and layered book by David Mitchell, it will be interesting to see how the directors, The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, handle all the different eras—the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other’s echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small.
Based on George V Higgins‘ crime novel Cogan’s Trade, this movie looks like it’s not for the faint of heart. Starring Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
And now for something a little bit softer, if only visually. Based on the classic novel of the same name, by Leo Tolstoy this movie stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
For the teens out there or anyone who remembers being a teen. This book by Stephen Chbosky is about growing up as an high school outsider. The movie stars Emma Watson and other young actors I’m not young enough to know.
6. Jack Reacher
This movie has been a long time coming. Based on Lee Child‘s book, One Shot, this looks like one heck of an exciting movie. And, love him or hate him, Tom Cruise is a compelling actor.
Based on Salman Rushdie‘s novel, and directed by Deepa Mehta, this movie has been a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival. A pair of children born within moments of India gaining independence from England grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent’s generation.
8. Mr. Pip
Last, and only because there is no trailer released yet, is the movie based on Mister Pip, a beloved novel by Lloyd Jones. On a copper-rich tropical island shattered by war, where the teachers have fled with most everyone else, only one white man chooses to stay behind: the eccentric Mr. Watts (Hugh Laurie), object of much curiosity and scorn, who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read to the children each day from Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations.