A stop-motion puppet animation film based on the stories of Etgar Keret, this film is a surreal look at a group of misfits who are drawn together in an apartment complex in Sydney. Dave, an unemployed young man, is drawn into this community when he finds an ad for a pamphlet that costs $9.99 and will explain the meaning of life. Together with a disgruntled old man and his guardian angel, a man who has befriended a group of two-inch tall students, and a boy who frees his piggy bank, he sets forth on his quest. Directed by Tatia Rosenthal. With Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Samuel Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Claudia Karvan, Leeanna Walsman and Josef Ber. Categories: Animation. Year: 2008.
2008 in $9.99
After a band of mysterious warlords raid his village and kidnap the woman he loves (Camilla Belle), D'Leh (Steven Strait), a young mammoth hunter, assembles a small group of his tribesmen to track them down. Journeying through unknown territory and battling against prehistoric predators, D'Leh's quest leads him into an epic confrontation with the leader of a lost civilization that will decide the fate of his people. Directed by Roland Emmerich. With Cliff Curtis, Tim Barlow and Marco Khan. Categories: Adventure, Drama. Year: 2008.
2008 in 10,000 B.C.
When Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess), a shy, brilliant MIT student looking for a way to pay for med school, is recruited to join a group of the school's most gifted students to learn how to count cards, he gets more than he bargained for. Trained by unorthodox math professor and stats genius Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey), the team heads to Las Vegas armed with fake identities and an unstoppable system for cracking blackjack. Caught up in the money and the Vegas lifestyle, Ben eventually turns his back on his team and pushes his talent to its very limit, while trying to stay one step ahead of the casino's enforcer, Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne). Directed by Robert Luketic. With Kate Bosworth, Liza Lapira, Aaron Yoo and Jacob Pitts. Categories: Drama, Based on a True Story. Year: 2008.
2008 in 21
After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, Jane (Katherine Heigl), a hopeless romantic, has finally had enough. Faced with the prospect of watching her sister (Malin Akerman) marry the man she secretly loves (Edward Burns), Jane must overcome her fears and find the bride inside of herself. Directed by Anne Fletcher. With Krysten Ritter, Judy Greer and James Marsden. Categories: Comedy, Romance. Year: 2008.
2008 in 27 Dresses
This Belgian film tells the story of a Mattie (Barbara Sarafian), a woman in her Forties whose husband is going through a midlife crisis, whose daughter is going through puberty and whose other two children are struggling with different problems. She tries to be there for everyone. She gets into a minor car accident one day, and is stunned to find that the 29-year-old driver of the other car, Johnny (Jurgen Delnaet), finds her attractive. Directed by Christophe Van Rompaey. With Anemone Valcke, Griet van Damme, Sofia Ferri, Johan Heldenbergh and Julian Borsani. Categories: Comedy, Drama, Romance. Year: 2008.
2008 in Aanrijding in Moscou
When talk radio host Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) advises one of her listeners to break up with her boyfriend, Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the jilted ex, takes revenge by filling out a marriage license with both their names on it. The initially harmless prank causes Emma to rethink her engagement and safe life with her fiancé Richard Bratton (Colin Firth) and the world's most unlikely couple becomes drawn to each other. Directed by Griffin Dunne. With Lindsay Sloane, Ajay Naidu and Sam Shepard. Categories: Comedy, Romance. Year: 2008.
2008 in The Accidental Husband
For an assignment for his French class, Simon (Devon Bostick) combines his family history with a recent news story involving terrorism. When his fabrication attracts more attention than even he intended, Simon ends up attracting an internet audience wrapped up in the resulting controversy. Directed by Atom Egoyan. With Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Kenneth Welsh, Katie Boland, Noam Jenkins and Arsinée Khanjian. Categories: Drama. Year: 2008.
2008 in Adoration
Ari Gold plays Power, an aging oddball who dreams of being a champion air drummer. Adrian Grenier (of television's Entourage) is a country music star and drummer who makes fun of air drummers. Michael McKean plays a master air drummer who becomes Power's mentor, wile Shoshannah Stern is a young woman Power falls for. Directed by Ari Gold. With Chi Ling Chiu, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Jane Lynch, and Steven Williams. Categories: Comedy, Music. Year: 2008.
2008 in Adventures of Power
Two Muslim stand-up comics (Azhar Usman and Mohammed Amer) plus a Christian minister (Preacher Moss) take their comedy routine on the road. The three poke gentle fun at each other and their cultural and religious differences. The trio will be familiar from their many appearances of television talk shows. Directed by Andrea Kalin.. Categories: Documentary, Comedy, Talk-Show. Year: 2008.
2008 in Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert
Declaring America's history offensive, left-wing filmmaker Michael Malone (Kevin P. Farley) sets out on a campaign to abolish the Fourth of July holiday. With the country's patriotism hanging in the balance, Malone is visited by the ghosts of George Washington (Jon Voight), George S. Patton (Kelsey Grammer) and John F. Kennedy (Chriss Anglin), who try to presuade him to rethink his opinion of the United States. Directed by David Zucker. With Robert Davi, Trace Adkins, James Woods, Bill O'Reilly, Serdar Kalsin, Geoffrey Arend, Dennis Hopper and Leslie Nielsen. Categories: Comedy. Year: 2008.
2008 in An American Carol
Based on a true story, American Violet looks at the case of Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a young single mother in Texas who was arrested for dealing drugs. Her arrest was part of a sweep by a corrupt district attorney (Michael O'Keefe) who incarcerated people indiscriminately, then pressured them to take plea bargains. Determined to prove her innocence, Dee sued the district attorney, with the help of a lawyer (Tim Blake Nelson) from the American Civil Liberties Union. All the while, she was pressured by her mother (Alfre Woodard) to plead guilty, while her children's abusive father (Xzibit) tried to take custody of the kids. Directed by Tim Disney. With Will Patton. Categories: Drama. Year: 2008.
2008 in American Violet
Renegade rancher Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) has taken control of the small western town of Appaloosa, hoarding its resources and killing off the marshall and one of his deputies. Two gunmen, Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen), are hired to regain control of the lawless town, and put Bragg in his place. But, when widow Allison French (Renée Zellweger) comes to to town, her arrival complicates Cole and Hitch's mission and puts their lives in danger. Directed by Ed Harris. With Lance Henriksen. Categories: Western, Drama, Based on a Novel. Year: 2008.
2008 in Appaloosa