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No country for love in the time of Beowulf November 8, 2007

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Yes, there are a few movies with literary tie-ins coming to your local multiplex…

No country for old men: A Cormac McCarthy novel, adapted for the screen by the Coen brothers, starring Tommy Lee Jones. If you like ’em dark, I’d say this is a can’t-miss.

Beowulf: Crispin Glover voices Grendel, and Angelina Jolie is the voice of Grendel’s mother. (Which would you rather go up against? On second thought, don’t answer that.) Might be a train wreck of a movie, but it might also inspire some people to read the original.

Love in the time of cholera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ sweeping love story brought to the screen. Already picking up descriptions like “best film of the year” and “Oscar worthy.”

The tween girls will be all over Enchanted, a fractured fairy tale of the first order, starring young dreamy-looking guys, a beautiful girl, and Susan Sarandon.

The Mist is adapted from a Stephen King novel, and, well, not much more to say about that. You know where we shelve ’em.

You may have to work hard to find The diving bell and the butterfly, based on the autobiography of stroke victim Jean-Dominique Bauby. But it’s directed by the painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and it is likely to be in the running for many awards.

Coming in December:

The Golden Compass: Part I of Philip Pullman’s amazing His Dark Materials trilogy, New Line Cinema is spending $150 million to reel in the likes of Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.

Atonement: Ian McEwan’s bummer-romance novel comes to the screen with Keira Knightley scowling along for the ride.

Don’t throw out those dog-eared copies of The Kite Runner just yet… the movie comes out the week of December 14.

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