Another Baltimore scribe is coming to the big screen.
Laura Lippman's "Every Secret Thing," a story of missing children and the two young suspects who had once been found guilty of a similar crime, opens in theaters and becomes available through video on demand May 15.
The film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Common. It was directed by Amy Berg (Oscar-nominated for the 2007 documentary "Deliver Us from Evil"), with a screenplay by Nicole Holofcener ("Friends with Money").
"Every Secret Thing" had its premiere last month at the Tribecca Film Festival, playing to sold-out screenings. It received mixed reviews. Kate Erbland of filmschoolrejects.com gave it a B+, praising its "solid performances from the entire cast, well-crafted tension and tone." Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter, however, panned it as "sluggishly paced and convoluted in its storytelling," saying it ultimately resembles "an episode of 'Law and Order: SVU' as might have been directed by Ingmar Bergman."
Fanning and Danielle Macdonald play teenagers who, at age 8, were sent to "kid jail" in connection with the abduction of an infant. Released back into the community years later, they are the obvious suspects when another young girl is taken. Banks plays a detective investigating the case, while Lane plays the mother of one of the girls. Common plays the boyfriend of the most recent victim's mother.
Although Lippman's book is set in Baltimore, the film was shot in New York.
There are no plans as of now for the film to play in any Baltimore theaters.
"Every Secret Thing," published in 2003, marked the first time Lippman, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, wrote a book not centered around her most famous character, reporter-turned-detective Tess Monaghan.