My Week with Marilyn by Colin Clark (memoir)
When Clark was 23 he became an assistant director on the set of The Prince and the Showgirl, starring Monroe and Laurence Olivier. His diary during that time was later released and became a bestselling book. One week was missing from the diary, that week later became the book My Week with Marilyn.
Starring: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Dougray Scott, Judi Dench, and Emma Watson.
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings (fiction)
When Matthew King’s wife Joanie winds up in a coma after a boating accident, he gathers their family and friends to say their final goodbyes. But there’s still one person who hasn’t been told; the man Joanie was having an affair with. Taking along his two out of control daughters, Matthew hits the road to find the other man in his wife’s life.
Starring: George Clooney, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, and Shailene Woodley
A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr (history)
What started as a momentous collaboration turned into a personal and professional rivalry between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. In the middle of it all was Sabina Spielrein, a woman who had started as a patient and lover of Jung’s and would later become an innovative psychoanalyst and a confidante of Freud’s.
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (crime/mystery)
Henrik Vanger is still haunted by the disappearance of his niece 40 years ago. To find out the truth he hires Mikael Blomkvist, a recently disgraced journalist. With the help of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, Blomkvist puts his own life on the line to find out what really happened to Harriet Vanger.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Robin Wright
Release Date: 12/21/11
We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee (memoir)
In 2006 Benjamin Mee’s family decided to take on a challenging new project, to buy
a rundown zoo and fix it up. Inspired by his late wife’s memory, the Mee’s
dealt with loose animals, skeptical staff, and family tension and reopened the
Dartmoor Zoological Park in 2007.
Starring: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomas Haden Church
Release Date: 12/23/11
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo (juvenile fiction)
When a farm horse named Joey is sold to the army in 1914, he has to leave behind the farmer’s son Albert, who is too young to join in the fighting of WWI. During his time at war he sees fighting on both sides, and his courage inspires the soldiers all around him. But will he ever see Albert again?
Starring: David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and Tom Hiddleston
Release Date: 12/25/11
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (mystery)
When Stephanie Plum loses her job at a department store she needs to find new work…fast! She finds a job working for her cousin Vinnie as a bounty hunter. Unfortunately her first bond jumper turns out to be local cop Joe Morelli, someone she has a lot of history with. If she can capture him in one week she will make ten grand, but she also has to keep herself alive. This is the first book in a hilarious series, and one of my (Lisa) favorite novels.
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, Debbie Reynolds, Daniel Sunjata, and Sherri Shepherd
Release Date: 1/27/12