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Annihilation: Sci-Fi Thriller Starring Natalie Portman Has Scary Monsters, But Maybe Not the Kind You Expect

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With apologies to Natalie Portman, the star of Alex Garland’s upcoming Paramount movie, Annihilation, has to be the primal forces of nature itself. The film is an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Nebula Award-winning book, Annihilation,  which is about a strange coastal locale known as Area X, enclosed by a guarded barrier and investigated by a vague government agency called The Southern Reach. The book opens as a biologist, a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor enter this unknown, altered environment. Their expedition is not the first, but it’s the first made up of only women, for reasons that are never fully explained unless you count that the women were “chosen by a complex set of variables.” In the book, the…

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Waiting for Tulip Fever? Historical Novels We’d Love to See on the Big Screen

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When we heard that Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach’s charming historical novel was going to be made into a movie, we did a little dance. And maybe even squealed out loud. Sure, it was embarrassing, but the book is just that good. Set during “tulipomania” in Amsterdam in the 1630s, it tells the story of Sophia Sandvoort, a beautiful young woman married to an older man. But when her husband commissions their portrait, Sophia ends up having an affair with the handsome painter, complicating all of their lives. Needless to say, we’ve been excited for Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan, all year long. Then we saw the trailer and we may have done another little dance. Romantic and moody…

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Books Capturing the Romance and Heartbreak of ‘The Light Between Oceans’

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The Light Between Oceans comes out in theaters Friday, September 2 and We. Can’t. Wait. And not just because it stars Michael Fassbender (though, yum). Originally a book written by M.L. Stedman in 2012, The Light Between Oceans is one of those heart-wrenching stories that stays with you long after you finish it. If you haven’t read the novel, get yourself to a bookstore ASAP. But in the meantime, here’s the movie’s lusciously-beautiful trailer:   Doesn’t it look so good? Fassbender stars as Tom Sherbourne, a WWI soldier who returns from war and falls madly in love with Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander). The two move out to a remote lighthouse where they live in near-isolation. After a few failed pregnancies, Isabel is…

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