Hollywood has been hitting the books — literally. Angela’s Ashes is just one of a dozen film adaptations of memoirs, novels, and short stories to show up on screen this season.
ANYWHERE BUT HERE (Nov. 12) See review on page 103.
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES (Dec. 10) John Irving penned the adaptation of his much-loved 1985 novel; he also had a hand in picking director Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog) and the cast, which includes Michael Caine, Charlize Theron, and Tobey Maguire.
THE END OF THE AFFAIR (Dec. 3) See story on page 46.
FELICIA’S JOURNEY (Nov. 12) See review on page 111.
GIRL, INTERRUPTED (pictured, Dec. 21) Executive producer Winona Ryder stars in this adaptation of Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 girls-in-a-mental-ward memoir; Angelina Jolie plays a fellow inmate. Directed by James Mangold (Cop Land).
THE GREEN MILE (Dec. 10) See story on page 58.
MANSFIELD PARK (Nov. 18) See review on page 108.
SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (Dec. 22) Director Scott Hicks (Shine) brings David Guterson’s acclaimed 1994 debut novel to the screen, with Ethan Hawke playing the small-town reporter who covers a Japanese American’s murder trial in the years following World War II.
STUART LITTLE (Dec. 17) See story on page 58.
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (Dec. 25) Director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) makes a run for the Oscar with Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 cult classic. Matt Damon stars as charming Tom Ripley, who would kill for the life of playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). Gwyneth Paltrow is Greenleaf’s girlfriend; Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman (see story on page