Armond White's Best Films of 2008

by LaurenceBranagh | created - 11 Jan 2019 | updated - 11 Jan 2019 | Public

From his Better-Than List and review of "Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot"

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1. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 36,622 | Gross: $3.49M

2. The Witnesses (2007)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.

Director: André Téchiné | Stars: Michel Blanc, Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Bouajila, Julie Depardieu

Votes: 2,570 | Gross: $0.08M

3. Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom (2008)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

As Noah and Wade prepare to marry in Martha's Vineyard, the personal problems of their friends - and the unexpected arrival of rapper Baby Gat - threatens to permanently end their relationship.

Director: Patrik-Ian Polk | Stars: Darryl Stephens, Rodney Chester, Gary LeRoi Gray, Christian Vincent

Votes: 780 | Gross: $0.53M

4. Rachel Getting Married (2008)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 46,199 | Gross: $12.80M

5. Transporter 3 (2008)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Thriller

51 Metascore

Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukrainian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.

Director: Olivier Megaton | Stars: Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Natalya Rudakova, François Berléand

Votes: 152,401 | Gross: $31.72M

6. CJ7 (2008)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

46 Metascore

A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Yuqi Zhang, Jiao Xu, Lei Huang

Votes: 13,868 | Gross: $0.21M

7. Shotgun Stories (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Douglas Ligon, Barlow Jacobs, Michael Abbott Jr.

Votes: 9,524 | Gross: $0.05M

8. My Blueberry Nights (2007)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

A young lonely woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Chad R. Davis

Votes: 50,436 | Gross: $0.87M

9. RocknRolla (2008)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

53 Metascore

In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Idris Elba, Thandie Newton

Votes: 226,488 | Gross: $5.69M

10. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 408,332 | Gross: $317.10M

11. Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

59 Metascore

Eight of the U.S.'s top high school basketball players compete in the first "Elite 24" tournament at Rucker Park.

Director: Adam Yauch | Stars: Jerryd Bayless, Michael Beasley, Tyreke Evans, Bobbito Garcia

Votes: 468 | Gross: $0.05M

12. Twilight (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

56 Metascore

Bella Swan moves to Forks and encounters Edward Cullen, a gorgeous boy with a secret.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke

Votes: 406,686 | Gross: $191.47M

13. Cadillac Records (2008)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

Director: Darnell Martin | Stars: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé, Columbus Short

Votes: 19,049 | Gross: $8.20M

14. Chaos Theory (2008)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

The story of an obsessively organized efficiency expert whose life unravels in unexpected ways when fate forces him to explore the serendipitous nature of love and forgiveness.

Director: Marcos Siega | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Emily Mortimer, Stuart Townsend, Sarah Chalke

Votes: 30,872 | Gross: $0.24M

15. My Winnipeg (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

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: 4,680 | Gross: $0.16M

16. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A romantic drama centered around a young shepherd and shepherdess and the ramifications of their forbidden affair.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Andy Gillet, Stéphanie Crayencour, Cécile Cassel, Véronique Reymond

Votes: 1,339

17. Battle for Haditha (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, History, War

65 Metascore

An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Matthew Knoll, Elliot Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz

Votes: 7,046 | Gross: $0.01M

18. The Wedding Director (2006)

97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A film director falls in love with the daughter of a prince.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, Sami Frey, Gianni Cavina

Votes: 688

19. Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sport

39 Metascore

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.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet

Votes: 93,116 | Gross: $24.85M

20. Roman de gare (2007)

R | 103 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A popular novelist researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Fanny Ardant, Dominique Pinon, Audrey Dana, Michèle Bernier

Votes: 2,343 | Gross: $1.85M

21. First Sunday (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

Durell Washington and LeeJohn Jackson are best friends and bumbling petty criminals. When Durell learns that his ex-girlfriend plans to move to another state with their son Durell Jr.--... See full summary »

Director: David E. Talbert | Stars: Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Tracy Morgan, Loretta Devine

Votes: 9,376 | Gross: $37.93M



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