Hitting Screens, Week of Dec. 12, 2016

It’s going to be a big weekend in theaters with the opening of the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One this Friday (see titles to know for tie-ins). Nevertheless, a new film adaptation of a novel by Patricia Highsmith, A Kind of Murder, starring Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel, also dares to debut, although it is set for release in just a limited number of theaters as well as on demand.

9780393322446_8b16eReviewing it when it was featured at the Tribeca Film Festical in April, Variety was not enthusiastic, calling  it a “stylish adaptation,” but although the “thrills are mitigated by convoluted plotting and suspect character behavior, the film’s uniquely bleak twist on classic noir conventions is enlivening.”

Based Highsmith’s The Blunderer, 1954 available in a 2001 trade paperback from Norton.There are no tie-ins.

Also on Friday, Amazon debuts the second season of their well-received adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic 1954 SF title, The Man in the High Castle.

A tie-in was released last year, timed to the first season.

9780544817289_e9678The Man in the High Castle (Tie-In)
HMH/ Mariner Books 
Trade Paperback 

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