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8 major books being made into movies soon, from ‘The Goldfinch’ to ‘Little Women’

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Oakes Fegley and Ansel Elgort play young Theo Decker over two periods in his life following the death of his beloved mother in “The Goldfinch.”
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It’s no secret that many of our favorite books wind up on the big screen (or as prestige TV projects, such as Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman’s “Big Little Lies”). Which films heading our way boast plots borrowed from best-sellers? From Blake Lively’s next big movie to “Little Women,” here’s a preview of which novels book-lovers can expect to get the Hollywood treatment.

Kicking it off this weekend, an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 novel “The Goldfinch” hits theaters, starring Kidman and Ansel Elgort. But unfortunately, critics have panned the effort with a 25% rotten rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

‘The Goldfinch’ (in theaters Friday)

USA TODAY critic Brian Truitt calls the adaptation “a messy jumble of a drama.” The story follows 13-year-old Theo Decker, who is essentially orphaned after surviving a deadly explosion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the years that follow, adult Theo keeps a major secret: He’s in possession of “The Goldfinch,” a famous Dutch painting that he retrieved from the ruins of the bombing. In the end, the film “tries hard to be a masterwork like the painting that shares its title, but ends up feeling more like a forgery,” Truitt writes.

‘It 2’ (in theaters now)

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Article source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2019/09/11/the-goldfinch-little-women-books-being-turned-into-movies/2279959001/

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