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6 Books Coming to Movie Theaters This Spring

6 Books Coming to Movie Theaters This SpringTroubled pets, fateful love stories, and a legendary author’s life—these are the adaptations we’ll be watching on the big screen this Spring.By Jessica Dukes

Pet Sematary
Starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz
If you’ve ever fantasized about moving to a small, quiet town, Stephen King’s Pet Sematary will shatter that dream. Not long after Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), and their two children move to Ludlow, Maine, they begin to receive warnings about the ancient burial ground near their property. For years, locals have buried pets on the land, but according to their unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), legend says that the land always gives them back…undead, evil, and ready for revenge. This isn’t the first time Pet Sematary has appeared on the big screen, but we’re excited for the remake. April 5

Starring Peter Gallagher, Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin
Based on Anna Todd’s best-selling YA novel, After captures all the thrills and pain of a college-freshman love affair. Tessa (Josephine Langford) has a perfect life upon arrival at her first year of university, right down to her loving boyfriend back home. Her four-year plan for success is derailed when she meets Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), a quintessential bad boy who Tessa can’t resist. At first, the passion is off the charts—life changing, in fact, for Tessa. Then Hardin quickly cools and begins an agonizing, drawn-out, push-pull with Tessa’s feelings. After fans are going to love watching Tessa and Hardin’s drama on the big screen. April 12

Starring Topher Grace, Chrissy Metz, Marcel Ruiz
Joyce Smith (Chrissy Metz) has her faith tested when her teenage son (Marcel Ruiz) falls into an icy lake, and remains clinically dead for more than an hour. After a last desperate prayer, his heart starts beating again. Sixteen days later, contrary to all scientific predictions, he leaves the hospital with a clean bill of health. Based on the true story told in The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection, Breakthrough is poised to be the uplifting family drama of the Spring. April 17

Starring Lily Collins, Harry Gilby, Nicholas Hoult
Not based on a book per se, Tolkien is a biopic about one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. Movie goers get to see inside the inventive mind of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult), author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Silmarillion. Orphaned as a child, Tolkien finds a family among his artistic friends at school, and later with his fellow soldiers on the battlefields of WWI. After the war, he studies linguistics at university. His friendships, the horrors of war, and the creativity of world languages—these are blocks for the fantastic worlds he’ll later build in his worldwide, bestselling books. What a joy, to witness how Tolkien bases Sam Gangee from The Lord of the Rings on a British soldier, and the backstory to why he says of himself, “I am in fact a hobbit in all but size. I like gardens, trees, and unmechanized farmlands; I smoke a pipe, and like good plain food. I do not travel much.” May 10

The Sun Is Also a Star
Starring, Charles Melton, Yara Shahidi
Natasha (Yara Shahidi) has a lot on her mind. Her family is about to be deported to Jamaica, and the last thing she needs is to fall in love with a boy she just met. Daniel (Charles Melton), a Korean-American, is busy with senior year academics, and the last thing he needs is to fall in love with a girl he just met. Yet there they are, two teenagers who love science and philosophy, attracted to each other with all the strength of a neutron star’s magnetic field. Immigration, race, physics, and senior-year restlessness are just a few of the ties that bind Natasha and Daniel in The Sun Is Also a Star. We can’t wait to watch this heart- and mind-expanding love story. May 17

A Dog’s Journey
Starring Abby Ryder Fortson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid
A Dog’s Journey is the sequel to the best-selling A Dog’s Purpose. In both books, we meet Bailey the dog (Josh Gad) who lives many lives, but always returns to Ethan (Dennis Quaid) in the form of a different dog, ready to soothe whatever troubles the family is having. This time around, at Ethan’s request, Bailey goes to live with CJ (Abby Ryder Fortson), Ethan’s troubled granddaughter. Can he give CJ the love and the guidance she needs as she battles high school, leaving home, losing love, and finding her own purpose? For everyone who loves a good dog and a sweet movie, A Dog’s Journey is going to be one to share with the whole family. May 10

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