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The Rest of 2008's Best. And Worst. PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 10:52

Frank Langella and Michael Sheen in Frost/NixonSo you've got my 10 favorite movies and 20 least-favorite movies for 2008 ... but what about the 139 that landed somewhere in between?

Glad you asked!

 

Runners-Up to the 10 Favorites: American Teen, Appaloosa, Frost/Nixon, Ghost Town, Man on Wire, Paranoid Park, Standard Operating Procedure, Stop-Loss, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Visitor.

Runners-Up to Those Runners-Up: Cadillac Records, Cassandra's Dream, Choke, Doubt, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Quarantine, Shine a Light, W.

BoltOh, What the Hell ... 10 More Fun Ones: Bolt, Burn After Reading, Definitely Maybe, Hancock, In Bruges, The Incredible Hulk, Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Tale of Despereaux.

And Because I'm Feeling Obscenely Generous ... : Charlie Bartlett, City of Ember, First Sunday, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, How She Move, Pride & Glory, Role Models, Smart People, Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, Valkyrie.

Pretty-Good Movies That Didn't Deserve Their Critical Spankings: Be Kind Rewind, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Death Race, Igor, Mad Money, Max Payne, Nim's Island, The Other Boleyn Girl, Over Her Dead Body, The Rocker.

Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor in Slumdog MillionaireNot-Bad - or Sorta-Bad - Movies That Didn't Deserve Their Rave Reviews: Australia, The Bank Job, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Kung Fu Panda, The Reader, RocknRolla, The Secret Life of Bees, Slumdog Millionaire, Tropic Thunder.

Movies That Didn't Necessarily Deserve to Gross $100 Million Plus: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, Eagle Eye, Get Smart, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Mamma Mia!, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Quantum of Solace, Step Brothers.

Movie I'm Embarrassed to Say Did Deserve to Gross $100 Million Plus: You Don't Mess with the Zohan.

Movie That Kinda Deserved to Gross $100 Million Plus but Didn't: Rambo.

CloverfieldMovies That Really Should've Been Better: Cloverfield, Leatherheads, Miracle at St. Anna, Redbelt, Religulous, Semi-Pro, Transporter 3, Vantage Point, The Women, The X-Files: I Want to Believe.

Movies That Definitely Could've Been Worse: An American Carol, Bedtime Stories, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, The Eye, Four Christmases, Meet Dave, Meet the Spartans, The Ruins, Saw V, 27 Dresses.

Movies That Were Exactly What They Needed to Be: Baby Mama, Marley & Me, Nothing Like the Holidays, Punisher: War Zone, Sex & the City, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, Traitor, Twilight, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, Wanted.

Movies That I've Lost Nearly All Memory Of... and Their Titles Aren't Helping ... : Babylon A.D., Body of Lies, Deception, Doomsday, The Express, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Longshots, Never Back Down, Street Kings, Untraceable.

Movie That Needed a Better Title: Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - From Hollywood to the Heartland.

Anna Faris in The House BunnyMovies Featuring Outstanding Work Under Trying Circumstances: Blindness (Julianne Moore), The Duchess (Ralph Fiennes), The House Bunny (Anna Faris), Lakeview Terrace (Samuel L. Jackson), Penelope (Christina Ricci), Pineapple Express (James Franco), Run Fatboy Run (Simon Pegg), Seven Pounds (Rosario Dawson), Soul Men (Bernie Mac), Zack & Miri Make a Porno (Elizabeth Banks).

Movies So Bland They Don't Really Merit Placement in Any List: Drillbit Taylor, Flash of Genius, Made of Honor, Swing Vote, Yes Man.

Movies That Would've Been in the Bottom 20 if the Movies in the Bottom 20 Didn't Suck So Badly: Beverly Hills Chihuahua, College Road Trip, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Disaster Movie, The Happening, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, Jumper, Superhero Movie, 10,000 B.C., 21.

The Love GuruMovie That Still Wouldn't Place in the Bottom 30: The Love Guru.

The 31st-Worst Movie of 2008: The Love Guru.

 


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