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Recently, I sat through more than twenty minutes of movie previews for new films that were filled with horror, violence and unappealing plots. There goes the fall season of movies.  But in an article in today’s newspaper entitled “There’s A Library-like Feel To Films This Fall” my hope has been revived for movies, and, of course, future winter DVDs.

More than two dozen big-screen adaptations of book favorites are due in the next few months.  Liam Neeson stars as a private investigator in Lawrence Block’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones.”  Daniel Radcliffe gets devilish in the Halloween-themed story “Horns” by Joe Hill.  For the younger set there is a film version of Judith Viorst’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”  “This Is Where I Leave You.” by Jonathan Tropper is the story of four siblings who return home to attend their father’s funeral.  It stars Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Tina Fey, and Corey Stoll.  Finally, “Gone Girl.”  This best seller has a very tricky plot to transfer to the big screen.  David Fincher had big shoes to fill tackling Gillian Flynn’s enormously successful novel, but she has said that Fincher kept “the nasty dark spirit of the book intact.”  With Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neal Patrick Harris this is bound to be the movie to see this October.

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