Movies and series that first made their names in novel form are on circuit right now. Here are a couple that are particularly noteworthy. The Wife The film version of acclaimed US author Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife is already garnering Oscar buzz. (She also wrote The Position and The Female Persuasion.) The hype is mainly about Glenn Close’s portrayal of Joan Castleman, a woman who has taken a back seat to her husband, an author who is about to accept the Nobel prize in literature. The couple heads to Stockholm for the award ceremony, and that’s when things take a turn. This is a film about marriage, choice and sacrifice.

Crazy Rich Asians Kevin Kwan’s triptych of books, Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems have been a runaway success, and it seems the film version of the first of these hits is destined for similar heights. Here’s the setup: Rachel Chu is a college professor in New York. Her boyfriend, Nick, also an academic, takes her to Singapore to ...

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