Ah books and movies, movies and books.   Sometimes I have a hard time choosing which I like better.  It’s like choosing between chocolate and vanilla.  For some people there is no contest – they fall firmly on one side or the other.  For me, I’d just as soon have them swirled together (in a cone, please).  So when I can get my books and movies together in the form of a favorite book adapted for the big screen, I couldn’t be happier.  This month there are several such yummy treats to choose from:

1 – I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT (based on the book by the same name by Allison Pearson)

Opens tomorrow – September 16th, 2011

The movie stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn,Kelsey Grammer and Seth Meyers which is reason enough for me to want to go see it.

As an employee at a Boston-based financial management firm, Kate Reddy (Sarah Jessica Parker) struggles daily to balance the demands of her high-powered career with the needs of her husband (Greg Kinnear) and children. When she gets an account that requires frequent trips to New York and her husband gets a new job, Kate finds herself spread even thinner. Complicating Kate’s life even more is new business associate Jack Abelhammer (Pierce Brosnan), who throws temptation into the mix.

This is one of those books I kept meaning to read but didn’t but the movie looks like it could be fun, and I miss Sex and the City, so I’m in.

2 – MONEYBALL (based on the book by the same name by Michael Lewis)

Opens September 23rd, 2011

This is another one where the cast alone would get me to the theater – I mean come on – Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and Stephen Bishop star.

Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A’s, one day has an epiphany: Baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. Faced with a tight budget, Beane must reinvent his team by outsmarting the richer ball clubs. Joining forces with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane prepares to challenge old-school traditions. He recruits bargain-bin players whom the scouts have labeled as flawed, but have game-winning potential.

And did I mention Brad Pitt?

3 – WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER (based on 20 TIMES A LADY by Karyn Bosnak)

Opens September 30th, 2011

So clearly I’m a sucker for a great cast.  But seriously, Ana Faris cracks me up in anything she does.  To borrow from Randy Jackson, she could read the phone book and it would be funny.   Throw in Ryan Reynolds and some popcorn and you’ve got yourself a date.  Okay admittedly probably more of a girl’s night out.

Ally Darling (Anna Faris) is realizing she’s a little lost in life. Her latest romance has just fizzled out, and she’s just been fired from her marketing job. Then, she reads an eye-opening magazine article that warns that 96 percent of women who’ve been with 20 or more lovers are unlikely to find a husband. Determined to turn her life around and prove the article wrong, Ally embarks on a mission to find the perfect mate from among her numerous ex-boyfriends.

For the record, though I will be seeing this movie, I will  NOT be contacting by exes, so those of you considering changing your numbers or moving out of state can relax.

4 – STRAW DOGS (based on THE SIEGE OF TRENCHER’S FARM by Gordon Williams)

Opens tomorrow, September 16, 2011

The cast for Straw Dogs includes James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgård, James Woods and Dominic Purcell but this one looks intense and creepy.

L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

I think this one veers a bit from the original novel but since it’s a novel that you most likely didn’t read, you’ll never know.  Well you know now, since I just told you, but that’s not the point!  The point is the changes from book to movie won’t take away from you sitting on the edge of your seat, biting your nails down to the quick.

So… which one do you want to see first? How ’bout a double feature? You get the Milk Duds, I’ll get the popcorn? See you at the movies!

— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor