Big Screen December

December is a great month to watch movies…Here’s an update (from an earlier post) of movies adapted from books hitting theatres in December. Bonus…I cheated by adding a few bonus films that weren’t inspired by books but might make your list….Enjoy!

Mary, Queen of Scots (December 7) – starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie; based on the biography Queen of Scots – The True Life of Mary Stuart by historian John Guy.

Mortal Engines (December 14) – sci-fi adventure starring Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang and Robert Sheehan: adapted from the first in the teen/young adult Hunger City Chronicles by Philip Reeve.

Mary Poppins Returns (December 19, PG) – starring Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny reappearing to her now-grown charges in Depression-era London – featuring the character originating in the classic Mary Poppins series by P. L. Travers.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (December 19) – starring Hailee Steinfeld, Nicolas Cage, and Jake Johnson in an animated superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales.

Bumblebee (December 21, PG-13) – newest installation of the popular Transformers series, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Justin Theroux. While the movie is PG-13, younger kids can enjoy the character in the leveled reader A New Car for Charlie.

Alita: Battle Angel (December 21) – action adventure starring Lana Condor, Jennifer Connelly, and Eiza González: adapted from the character and series Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro.

Aquaman (December 21) – live-action superhero adventure starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman: featuring the DC Comics character Aquaman.

Bonus (not from books, but possibly worth a look…!)

Vox Lux (December 4, R) – drama starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law.

On the Basis of Sex (December 25) – biographical drama, starring Mimi Leder, chronicling the early life and career of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Vice (December 25, R) – starring Amy Adams, Christian Bale, and Steve Carell in a comedic drama exploring the rise to power of Dick Cheney.