My Favorites of 2008

My favorite movies - not necessarily the best - of 2008. Will update as I see more. Comment if you have any suggestions for what to see from this year.
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1.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
 
2.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
 
3.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend. (111 mins.)
 
4.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
 
5.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
 
6.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work. (131 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
7.
Step Brothers (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry. (98 mins.)
Director: Adam McKay
 
8.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Since 1978, Anvil has become one of heavy metal's most influential yet commercially unsuccessful acts. In 2006, after a fledging European tour Anvil sets out to record their thirteenth album and continue to follow their dreams. (80 mins.)
Director: Sacha Gervasi
 
9.
Pineapple Express (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witnesses his dealer's boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him. (111 mins.)
 
10.
More Than a Game (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame. (105 mins.)
 
11.
Role Models (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program. (99 mins.)
Director: David Wain
 
12.
Gran Torino (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Disgruntled Korean War veteran Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a Hmong teenager who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: a 1972 Gran Torino. (116 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
13.
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
 
14.
Semi-Pro (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true (91 mins.)
Director: Kent Alterman
 
15.
Burn After Reading (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it. (96 mins.)
 
16.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
 
17.
W. (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A chronicle of the life and presidency of George W. Bush. (129 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
18.
Cadillac Records (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists. (109 mins.)
Director: Darnell Martin
 
19.
Hancock (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
20.
Never Back Down (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A frustrated and conflicted teenager arrives at a new high school to discover an underground fight club and meet a classmate who begins to coerce him into fighting. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
 
21.
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully. (110 mins.)
Director: Steven Brill
 
22.
21 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. (123 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
23.
Righteous Kill (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice. (101 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
 
24.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought. (101 mins.)
Director: Kevin Smith
 
25.
The Rocker (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The Rocker tells the story of a failed drummer who is given a second chance at fame. Robert "Fish" Fishman... (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Cattaneo
 
26.
Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit. (104 mins.)
 
27.
Leatherheads (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under. (114 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
28.
Hamlet 2 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. (92 mins.)
Director: Andrew Fleming
 
29.
Yes Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year. (104 mins.)
Director: Peyton Reed
 
30.
Sex Drive (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online. (109 mins.)
Director: Sean Anders
 
31.
Get Smart (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A highly intellectual but socially awkward spy is tasked with preventing a terrorist attack from a Russian spy agency. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
 
32.
The Love Guru (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
Pitka, an American raised outside of his country by gurus, returns to the States in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge is to settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player whose wife left him for a rival athlete. (87 mins.)
Director: Marco Schnabel