Favourite Films 2008

by Colin Collins | created - 20 Feb 2012 | updated - 22 Feb 2012 | Public

In my humble opinion the best films released in UK cinemas during 2008. In alphabetical order, ranking them would be impossible!

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1. [Rec] (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano, Pablo Rosso

Votes: 143,650

2. The Banishment (2007)

157 min | Drama

7.7
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59 Metascore

A trip to the pastoral countryside reveals a dark, sinister reality for a family from the city.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev | Stars: Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Bonnevie, Aleksandr Baluev, Dmitriy Ulyanov

Votes: 5,653

3. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War

7.8
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55 Metascore

Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Zac Mattoon O'Brien

Votes: 153,383 | Gross: $9.03M

4. Buda as sharm foru rikht (2007)

81 min | Drama, War

7.3
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A young girl zealously wants to go to school and learn to read and write. Almost everywhere she is met with hostility or indifference. The only young boy who takes her to his school is ... See full summary »

Director: Hana Makhmalbaf | Stars: Abbas Alijome, Abdolali Hoseinali, Nikbakht Noruz

Votes: 1,798

5. California Dreamin' (2007)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.9
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A railway chief delays a NATO train transporting military equipment during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

Director: Cristian Nemescu | Stars: Armand Assante, Jamie Elman, Razvan Vasilescu, Maria Dinulescu

Votes: 7,138

6. The Chaser (2008)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.9
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64 Metascore

A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Yun-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo, Yoo-Jeong Kim

Votes: 43,826

7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

8.0
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92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 95,012 | Gross: $5.99M

8. The Duchess (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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62 Metascore

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 67,664 | Gross: $13.82M

9. The Edge of Heaven (2007)

Not Rated | 122 min | Drama

7.9
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85 Metascore

A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner, Tuncel Kurtiz

Votes: 27,631 | Gross: $0.74M

10. Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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69 Metascore

Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.

Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire | Stars: Aure Atika, Guillaume Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Gil Alma

Votes: 2,729 | Gross: $0.08M

11. Toki o kakeru shôjo (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 45,178

12. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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72 Metascore

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

Votes: 217,604 | Gross: $20.30M

13. Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

A portrait of the late gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Joe Cairo, David Carlo

Votes: 6,888 | Gross: $1.25M

14. Half Moon (2006)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.3
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72 Metascore

Mamo, an old and legendary Kurdish musician living in Iran, plans to give one final concert in Iraqi Kurdistan. After seven months of trying to get a permit and rounding up his ten sons, he... See full summary »

Director: Bahman Ghobadi | Stars: Ismail Ghaffari, Allah-Morad Rashtian, Farzin Sabooni, Kambiz Arshi

Votes: 2,136 | Gross: $0.00M

15. Helvetica (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.2
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A documentary about typography, graphic design, and global visual culture.

Director: Gary Hustwit | Stars: Manfred Schulz, Massimo Vignelli, Rick Poynor, Wim Crouwel

Votes: 6,688 | Gross: $0.20M

16. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 57,243 | Gross: $0.15M

17. In the Valley of Elah (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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65 Metascore

A retired military investigator works with a police detective to uncover the truth behind his son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Director: Paul Haggis | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jonathan Tucker, Jason Patric

Votes: 63,410 | Gross: $6.78M

18. Joy Division (2007)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Music

7.8
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

Director: Grant Gee | Stars: Richard Boon, Anton Corbijn, Kevin Cummins, Ian Curtis

Votes: 2,792

19. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 445,185 | Gross: $143.50M

20. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.2
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83 Metascore

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon | Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger, Adam Wood

Votes: 32,210 | Gross: $0.68M

21. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.6
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73 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 346,454 | Gross: $215.43M

22. Anche libero va bene (2006)

108 min | Drama

7.5
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A young father and his two children struggle to find harmony after his wife leaves them for another man.

Director: Kim Rossi Stuart | Stars: Alessandro Morace, Kim Rossi Stuart, Barbora Bobulova, Marta Nobili

Votes: 2,323

23. Linha de Passe (2008)

113 min | Drama, Sport

7.2
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A story about four brothers from a poor family who need to fight to follow their dreams.

Directors: Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas | Stars: Sandra Corveloni, João Baldasserini, Vinícius de Oliveira, Geraldo Rodrigues

Votes: 2,402

24. Lonesome Jim (2005)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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54 Metascore

Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, Mary Kay Place, Kevin Corrigan

Votes: 7,188 | Gross: $0.15M

25. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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61 Metascore

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 32,725 | Gross: $4.60M

26. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

7.8
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89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 46,031 | Gross: $2.96M

27. Margot at the Wedding (2007)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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66 Metascore

Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Flora Cross, Zane Pais

Votes: 17,376 | Gross: $1.96M

28. Kiraware Matsuko no isshô (2006)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.9
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When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yûsuke Iseya, Mikako Ichikawa

Votes: 5,072

29. Mister Lonely (2007)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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53 Metascore

In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, James Fox

Votes: 6,524 | Gross: $0.17M

30. My Winnipeg (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.7
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84 Metascore

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin, Amy Stewart

Votes: 4,154 | Gross: $0.16M

31. No Country for Old Men (2007)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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91 Metascore

Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 695,466 | Gross: $74.28M

32. Caos calmo (2008)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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51 Metascore

A look at the strange bereavement behavior of an Italian executive. Based on a novel by Sandro Veronesi.

Director: Antonello Grimaldi | Stars: Nanni Moretti, Valeria Golino, Isabella Ferrari, Alessandro Gassman

Votes: 3,498 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Savage Grace (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

5.9
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51 Metascore

A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies...

Director: Tom Kalin | Stars: Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Dillane, Anne Reid

Votes: 9,636 | Gross: $0.43M

34. The Savages (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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85 Metascore

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman

Votes: 33,344 | Gross: $6.61M

35. Somers Town (2008)

71 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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77 Metascore

A black-and-white study of a social environment in London, concentrating on a pair of unlikely new friends and the girl they both fancy.

Director: Shane Meadows | Stars: Piotr Jagiello, Ireneusz Czop, Perry Benson, Thomas Turgoose

Votes: 5,543 | Gross: $0.05M

36. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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37 Metascore

A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Nicholas Elia

Votes: 61,736 | Gross: $43.95M

37. Steep (I) (2007)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Sport

7.4
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58 Metascore

Steep traces the legacy of extreme skiing from its early pioneers to the daredevils of today.

Director: Mark Obenhaus | Stars: Ingrid Backstrom, Anselme Baud, Bill Briggs, Doug Coombs

Votes: 604 | Gross: $0.26M

38. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical

7.4
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83 Metascore

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall

Votes: 305,913 | Gross: $52.90M

39. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.6
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82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 12,627 | Gross: $0.27M

40. Teeth (I) (2007)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.4
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57 Metascore

Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence.

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein | Stars: Jess Weixler, John Hensley, Josh Pais, Hale Appleman

Votes: 36,957 | Gross: $0.35M

41. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 422,200 | Gross: $40.22M

42. Under the Bombs (2007)

TV-14 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.

Director: Philippe Aractingi | Stars: Nada Abou Farhat, Georges Khabbaz, Rawia Elchab, Bshara Atallah

Votes: 1,254

43. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

7.7
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79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 39,007 | Gross: $9.42M

44. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 49,679 | Gross: $2.28M