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The books you need to read before watching the movie! #ReadABookDay

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It's National Read a Book Day and we're unleashing our inner book-worms by presenting you with our essential list of the modern classics you need to read before watching the movie. After all, don't you want to know where some of your favourite big-screen characters came from?

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Released: 8th September

The world's most terrifying clown, Pennywise, is back to stalk our nightmares in this eagerly anticipated Stephen King adaptation.

Bill Skarsgard takes over from Tim Curry as the dreaded King monster whilst the likes of Jaeden Lieberher and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard have garnered great reviews as the heroic Losers Club members.

Can director Andres Muschietti make this one of the rare, great Stephen King movies?


American Assassin

Released: 14th September

Vince Flynn's intriguing and twisty series of Mitch Rapp espionage novels receive their first adaptation in this violent thriller. The Maze Runner's Dylan O'Brien is the operative drawn into a morally ambivalent CIA Black Ops search for the terrorists who brutally murdered his girlfriend, whilst Michael Keaton is on shady form as the operations chief.

Victoria & Abdul

Released: 15th September

Judi Dench returns to her celebrated role as Queen Victoria in this loose follow-up to 1997's acclaimed Mrs Brown.

Stephen Frears' handsomely appointed period drama is taken from Shrabani Basu's book, exploring the friendship between the ailing British monarch and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Released: 20th September

Graphic novel guru Mark Millar's rip-roaring blend of spies, suits and ultra-violence helped transformed the first Kingsman into a massive hit. Now the Oxford-loving agents are back for another blast of action, once more under the direction of Matthew Vaughn.

Taron Egerton's Eggsy is now the focus and, in a shock twist, Colin Firth's Harry Hart has seemingly sprung back from the dead. And with an even starrier ensemble than before, including the likes of Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Halle Berry as the Statesman (plus Julianne Moore as the baddie), there are many reasons to be excited.

Goodbye Christopher Robin

Released: 29th September

Let's face it, who didn't grow up with author A.A. Milne's beloved literary creations? This sensitive and nostalgic drama explores the remarkable inspiration behind Winnie the Pooh and his fellow woodland characters, Domhnall Gleeson playing Milne with Margot Robbie as his wife Daphne.

Tracing Milne's journey from haunted World War I veteran to loving father and eventual literary icon, this promises to evoke tears and massive smiles in equal measure.

The Mountain Between Us

Released: 6th October

We love Idris Elba. We love Kate Winslet. So what better way to bring them together than this adaptation of Charles Martin's bestselling wilderness drama?

The two stars play a surgeon and a journalist who are stranded in the snowy wastes of Utah following a harrowing plane crash. Their only chance of survival is each other. Will they make it? Well that would be telling.

The Snowman

Released: 13th October

Jo Nesbo's gruesome bestseller gets an atmospheric adaptation at the hands of Let the Right One In and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy filmmaker Tomas Alfredson.

Ireland's finest Michael Fassbender adds another tortured soul to his resume as cop Harry Hole who is drawn into a ghoulish game of cat and mouse with a serial killer who leaves snowmen at the scene of his crimes.

With its snow-blasted visuals and an excellent supporting cast including Rebecca Ferguson and J.K. Simmons, this could add a nice chill to your autumn viewing schedule.

The Ritual

Released: 13th October

British author Adam Nevill has been steadily building a reputation as a fine exponent of supernatural horror (he has been described as the British Stephen King).

His chilling psychological thriller The Ritual soon comes to the screen featuring a striking young Brit cast including Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali and Downton Abbey's Robert James-Collier.

This eerie tale of four traumatised university friends on a trek in the forbidding Swedish wilderness looks genuinely creepy. Check out the trailer below.

Call Me By Your Name

Released: 27th October

Already hailed as one of the year's finest films by critics, this sumptuous and engrossing drama is drawn from author Andre Aciman's heartrending account of first love, desire and growing up.

Rising star Timothee Chalamet has yielded excellent reviews for his role as a teenager grappling with feelings for his father's research assistant (played by Armie Hammer). Playing out against the sun-dappled Italian landscape, it's set to mark another triumph for filmmaker Luca Guadanigno.

Murder on the Orient Express

Released: 3rd November

Agatha Christie's twisty mysteries are catnip for filmmakers, and her celebrated 1934 thriller has already been adapted several times before. In the hands of director and star Kenneth Branagh however, we're likely to get the definitive version for our times.

Branagh plays esteemed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot whose abilities are sorely tested when a man is found down on the snowbound train. The line-up of potential suspects is massive and the ensemble cast outstanding: Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz and Josh Gad are among those coming under scrutiny.

Paddington 2

Released: 10th November

Back in 2014 author Michael Bond's marmalade-loving bear made the utterly joyous leap to the big screen as voiced by Ben Whishaw. 

No-one expected the first Paddington movie to be as charming as it was – loyal to Bond's whimsical tone and with superb performances, it really was a family treat.

Expectations for this sequel are therefore higher than a kite-flying bear with Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson joining returnees Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins.

Wonder

Released: 1st December

R.J. Palacio's moving novel is the story of a young boy with a facial disfigurement who must navigate the toughest challenge of his young life: high school.

On the basis of the trailer for Stephen Chobsky's movie version the novel's tear-jerking tone has been nailed, with Room sensation Jacob Tremblay breaking our hearts as young Auggie. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson offer heavyweight support as his loyal parents.

Molly's Game

Released: 29th December

The West Wing creator and The Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with this adaptation of Molly Bloom's memoir, Molly's Game: From Hollywood's Elite to Wall Street's Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.

Jessica Chastain is once again poised to electrify as the underground poker player whose A-list gambling empire comes under scrutiny from the FBI. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Chris O'Dowd co-star.

Which of these adaptations are you most excited about? Let us know @Cineworld.