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Year 2008 Top Movie Picks

Across the universe
(Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess) This Beatles-inspired musical follows the arduous journey of star-crossed lovers Jude and Lucy as they are swept up in the volatile counterculture movement of the 1960s. The film’s soundtrack consists exclusively of songs made popular by the Beatles during this time period.

The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford
(Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck) Everyone in 1880s America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal and is being hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. No one knows of Robert Ford, at least not yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. Based on the novel by Ron Hansen.

The band’s visit
(Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz) En route to open an Arab cultural center, an Egyptian police band loses their way and spends the night in an Israeli village, where they cross the cultural divide to bond with their hosts. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Blind dating
(Chris Pine, Anjali Jay) After a series of painful blind dates set up by his brother, Danny falls for a young Indian woman named Leeza, and finally everything seems picture perfect. But when cultures clash, and Leeza reveals that she's been promised to someone else, Danny must prove to her that there's more to love than meets the eye.

The Darjeeling Limited
(Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman) Having not spoken to each other in a year, three American brothers set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other.

Death at a funeral
(Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes) This British comedy observes the many outrageous calamities that befall an eccentric English clan when its patriarch dies an unexpected death.

In Bruges
(Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes) Hit men Ray and Ken have been ordered to cool their heels in the storybook city of Bruges (it's in Belgium) after finishing a big job. But since hit men make the worst tourists, they soon find themselves in a life-and-death struggle of comic proportions against one very angry crime boss.

In the shadow of the moon
Between 1968 and 1972, the world watched in awe each time an American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon. Now for the first time, using a combination of archival material from the original NASA film footage - much of it never before seen - and interviews with the surviving astronauts, this fascinating documentary tells the story of the Apollo space program.

Into the wild
(Emile Hirsch, Hal Holbrook) Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. A true story. Based on the book by Jon Krakauer.

Iron man
(Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow) A wealthy industrialist is held captive in enemy territory and escapes by building a high-tech suit made of armor, which he uses upon returning home to fight injustice and save the world.

Juno
(Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner) When a sixteen-year-old is faced with an unplanned pregnancy, she sets out to find adoptive parents for her baby.

The kite runner
(Khalid Abdalla, Homayoun Ershadi) In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini.

Lars and the real girl
(Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer) Lars is a sweet but shy guy who has a hard time talking with his family, coworkers, and neighbors. Although his family fears the worst when Lars brings home a life-sized companion doll who he thinks is a real girlfriend, named Bianca, a doctor encourages them to play along with him so that he can work through his delusions.

Leatherheads
(George Clooney, Renée Zellweger) In 1920s Minnesota, the captain of a professional football team hopes to save his struggling squad by recruiting a college star/war hero, but a beautiful Chicago reporter threatens the deal.

Mamma Mia!
(Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan) After reading her mother's diary, Sophie discovers she has three possible fathers, so she secretly invites them all to her wedding at her mother's hotel on a Greek island.

Miss Pettigrew lives for a day
(Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, Lee Pace) An out-of-work governess stumbles into the job of social secretary for a glamourous entertainer.

My kid could paint that
This documentary tells the story of four-year-old Marla Olmstead who first began painting when she was a year old, following the example of her father, an amateur artist. When he gave one of her works to a friend who owned a coffee shop, and a customer offered to buy it for $250, the toddler began a career as a professional . Despite accusations that her family is perpetrating a hoax, Marla’s work has been displayed around the United States and her paintings have sold for as much as $25,000 each.

Penelope
(Christina Ricci, James McAvoy) Born to a wealthy family, Penelope Wilhern is afflicted by a family curse that can be broken only by true love.

Persepolis
(Voices of : Catherine Deneuve, Sean Penn, Gena Rowlands) After the Islamic Revolution in Iran, a free-spirited teenager is sent to school in Austria and eventually makes the decision to return to Iran despite the tyrannical powers that rule her country. Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.

Son of Rambow
(Neil Dudgeon, Bill Milner, Will Poulter) Two boys, one with a stifling home life, the other, the school bully, find a copy of the movie Rambo : first blood and set out to make their own epic action film.

Sunshine
(Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh) It is the year 2057, the sun is dying and mankind faces extinction. Earth's last hope rests with a courageous crew of eight men and women on a mission to ignite the fading star with a massive nuclear weapon.

Under the same moon
(Adrian Alonso, Kate del Castillo, America Ferrera) In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. In Mexico, her mother cares for Carlitos. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite.

The visitor
(Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman) A lonely widower befriends the immigrant couple who unwittingly leased his New York apartment, and fights for them when they are threatened with deportation.

The year my parents went on vacation
(Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut) Amidst the World Cup tournament and political turmoil of Brazil in 1970, twelve-year-old Mauro must adjust to living in his Jewish grandfather's multi-ethnic neighborhood after his left-wing parents are forced into hiding during the Communist regime.