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While he was a known for his novels ranging from”Red Storm Rising” to “Rainbow Six,”some of his most popular works from his “Jack Ryan” series were also turned into successful box office hits throughout the ’90s and early 2000s. Granted there aren’t a lot of them but every one was a box office success. And they’re all movies you’re likely to have seen. In honor of the author’s legacy, we’ve pulled ratings from both film sites IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes to rank his four films. And, ifyou’re a fan of the ongoing Jack Ryan series, Paramount is planning to release another installment in the series starring Chris Pine as the titular character this Christmas . Rotten Tomatoes: 95% / 84% Who didn’t love watching Alec Baldwin go after Sean Connery as he set course toward America in a Soviet submarine? In 1990, it was one of the top grossing films of the year.Roger Ebert called the “The Hunt for Red October” ” a skillful, efficient film .” Also worth noting: ” NetForce ” Not an actual movie, but instead a made-for-TV movie that’s based on an entire series of books from the late ’90s and 2000s. The thriller, which aired on ABC, followed an FBI division that tracked down Internet crime. Pretty relevant to today. *Denotes critic and audience scores.

(Oct. 18). TRAILERS: Coming soon to theaters “But if you’re in a small town, the multiplexes don’t show these limited-run movies. So you’re stuck at home watching them on VOD,” says Ryan Turek, the managing editor of horror film website ShockTillYouDrop.com. “October is normally all about the communal experience of having it on the big screen and getting that energy rush in an audience. It’s that time of year where everyone wants to share that.” There are reasons for the October boo malaise. Horror movies have now become a year-round phenomenon, thriving even in the age of piracy and shrinking box office. In July, The Conjuring reigned as the box office champion while Insidious 2 was audacious in September. The horror hit Mama was supposed to come out in October 2012, but moved out of the crowded month for a January 2013 opening. Producer Guillermo del Toro says distributors are not afraid to put horror movies out anytime now. “A lot of people are moving (horror movies) everywhere,” he says. Tiffany Smith of the House of Screams horror section of Fandango.com, which naturally chose October to launch, points out that movie studios are finding new spooky holidays to spread the horror wealth. Friday the 13th is continuing to see growth as a launch pad. “This year there was a lot riding on Friday, September 13, with Insidious 2,” says Smith.

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Updating and maintaining that physical collection takes time and money. It also means libraries have to pay for the media upfront, while Hoopla allows them to pay per time a title is borrowed. Those costs depend on the type of media and its release date, and range from 99 cents to $2.99. Seattle libraries have allocated $10,000 a month limit so far for Hoopla items and patrons are limited to 20 checkouts a month, Blankenship said. That limit may change, depending on demand and how usage grows. Hoopla’s launch won’t affect the stocking of physical DVDs at library branches for the time being, Blankenship said. For Seattle resident and library patron Jamie Koepnick-Herrera, Hoopla has joined her other streaming services such as Netflix, which she uses for movies, and Hulu, which she uses to watch current seasons of television shows. On Hoopla, she found the yoga videos she was looking for. “I think it provides a great free source of entertainment for families who can’t afford to get a movie for family night or for teenagers to have access to that album they can’t afford,” Koepnick-Herrera said. Hoopla’s movie and television collection is impressive in its numbers: About 3,000 titles. It is, however, chockfull of B-movies. Some of the newer movies weren’t exactly hits in the theaters, such as Keanu Reeves’ “Generation Um” and Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” which preceded his hit “The Butler.” But there are also many older films, including some classics and a healthy choice of foreign flicks. The collection also includes documentaries, such as “Gasland” and “Restrepo,” and public television documentaries, like Ken Burn’s “Prohibition.” Hoopla offers plenty of National Geographic and British TV shows, but not much else from TV. There are also educational choices, such as preparation videos for high school advanced placement exams.