If you enjoy seeing your favorite books interpreted in film, or just enjoy a good movie, there are a number to look forward to between July and September 2014 including films based on Jane Mendelsohn's Innocence, Lois Lowry's The Giver, Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Alan Snow's Ratbridge Chronicles series.

Read on for brief descriptions and trailers (and please be patient as the page will likely take a few seconds to load due to the multiple videos).

The Leftovers

Drama, Fantasy

Starring: Frank Harts, Michael Gaston, Justin Theroux

Directors: Various

Opens: HBO Pilot June 29

Summary: Across the world millions have disappeared in a Rapture-like event. The people left behind in the suburban community of Mapleton must begin to rebuild their lives after the loss of more than 100 in their community.

Based on The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

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The Hundred Foot Journey

Rated PG

Starring: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Rohan Chand

Director: Lasse Hallström

Opens: August 8, 2014 in USA and some other countries in same period

Summary: A story centered on an Indian family who moves to France and opens an eatery across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant run by Madame Mallory.

Based on The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C Morais

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Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Starring: Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly, Graham Phillips

Director: Hilary Brougher

Opens: August 15, 2014 in USA

Summary: A young woman discovers her elite Manhattan preparatory school harbors a dark secret.

Based on Innocence by Jane Mendelsohn

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The Giver

Drama, Sci Fi

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård, Katie Holmes

Director: Phillip Noyce

Opens: August 15, 2014 in USA, and some other countries in same period

Summary: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world.

Based on The Giver by Lois Lowry

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When the Game Stands Tall

Rated PG. Drama, Sport

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis

Director: Thomas Carter

Opens: August 22, 2014 in USA and some other countries during Aug/Sept

Summary: The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Based on When The Game Stands Still by Neil Hayes

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If I Stay


Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Liana Liberato, Mireille Enos

Director: R.J. Cutler

Opens: August 22, 2014 in USA, and many other countries during late Aug and Sept

Summary: Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined.

Based on If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Dark Places

Rated: R. Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Opens: September 1, 2014 in USA

Summary: A woman who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes.

Based on Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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The Drop

Rated: R. Crime, Drama

Starring: Tom Hardy, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Noomi Rapace

Director: Michaël R. Roskam

Opens: Sept 12, 2014 in USA

Summary: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.

Based on Animal Rescue, a short story by Dennis Lehane (screenplay also by Lehane)

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Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?

Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Starring: Eric Allan Kramer, Rob Morrow, Stephen Tobolowsky

Director: James Manera

Opens: September 12, 2014 in USA

Summary: Approaching collapse, the government continues to exert its brutal force against the nation's most productive. While crime and fear take over the countryside, the last remaining entrepreneurs, who fuel the deteriorating economy, continue to vanish mysteriously and leave behind a wake of despair.

Based on Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

Rated R, Action, Crime, Mystery

Starring: Liam Neeson, Stephanie Andujar, Boyd Holbrook

Director: Scott Frank

Opens: Sept 19, 2014 in USA, and a handful of other countries in same period

Summary: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.

Based on A Walk Among Tombstones by Lawrence Block

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The Maze Runner

Rated PG-13, Action, Sci-fi

Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario

Director: Wes Ball

Opens: Sept 19, 2014 in USA and a great many other countries in same period.

Summary: A group of boys, with no memories of their past lives, must escape a massive maze infested with deadly creatures.

Based on The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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The Boxtrolls

Rated PG. Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Elle Fanning, Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg

Directors: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi

Opens: Sept 26, 2014 in USA, and a number of other places on or after.

Summary: A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

Based on The Ratbridge Chronicles Series by Alan Snow, and in particular on Here Be Monsters.

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