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Upcoming Film Releases For 2008 (Various Lists)


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MetaCritic's Upcoming Release Calendar For 2008

January

The Business of Being Born

Ricky Lake and documentary filmmaker Abby Epstein take a look at the industry that gets you pregnant.

Woman on the Beach

Writer's block leads to love in the waves for a young filmmaker who needs to grow up.

First Sunday

Who robs a church?

Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan learn it's hard to steal from Jesus in a comedy about two bungling burglars.

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Ray Liotta plays an evil sorcerer...

A quiet farmer (Jason Statham) rescues his wife in a medieval fantasy from Uwe Boll.

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything--A Veggie Tales Movie

Captain Jack was definitely a vegetable...

Three vegetables get whisked back to the 17th century to be pirates and face their fears.

Summer Palace

Summer lovin' isn't a blast when two college students fall in love during politically turbulent times.

27 Dresses

Always a Bridesmaid...

When Katherine Heigl loses the man of her dreams to her sister, her days as a bridesmaid are numbered.

Cloverfield

The lady loses her head...

The Statue of Liberty is decapitated by a monster that attacks New York.

Mad Money

Mad Women...

Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes are mad enough to rob the Federal Reserve Bank.

Cassandra's Dream

Woody Allen continues his descent to the dark side with his latest thriller about brothers and betrayal.

Day Zero

Three friends prepare to go to war when the government reinstates the draft.

Still Life

Strangers teach each other that their lives can't move forward if they're rooted to the past.

Taxi to the Darkside

Documentarian Alex Gibney investigates how the murder of an innocent civilian could take place under the current US regime.

Teeth

A young girl takes a bite out of crime in the dramedy about anatomical serendipity.

U2 3D

U2 reinvents the concert film with state-of-the-art 3D technology.

How She Move

It's her time to step up...

For Raya Green (Rutina Wesley), learning the right moves is everything.

Meet the Spartans

300 wasn't a comedy?

A Gerard Butler look-alike runs around half-naked and screams a lot in this spoof of popular battle pics.

Rambo

If he could bring Rocky back...

Slyvestor Stallone puts on another sweaty bandana as John Rambo.

Seed

This is not the kind of thing you want to grow...

A psychotic killer claws his way out of his premature grave and murders a whole lotta people.

Untraceable

When websites attack...

Diane Lane must track down a tech-savy sadist before he makes her his next internet victim.

4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days

Over the course of a single day, two friends gain a lifetime of experienc.

The Air I Breath

Forest Whitaker heads an all-star cast in this film about the four fundamental experiences of life: happiness, pleasure, love and sorrow.

Alice's House

Betrayal turns Alice's world upside down in this slice-of-life drama.

Be Kind Rewind

Michel Gondry makes Jack Black an unlikely filmmaker in this comedy about a clerk who re-creates the videos he accidently erases on the job.

How to Rob a Bank

Nick Stahl is an accidental arbitrator in this bank heist dramedy.

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

Trailer park friends plan to do "The Big Dirty" and pull off the biggest heist of their sad criminal careers.

Elite Squad

Two college students join Rio de Janeiro's Police Department in order rid the city of drugs and gang wars.

February

Fan Boys

Star Wars fanboys plan to steal a print of Episode One from Skywalker Ranch.

Jumper

Hayden Christensen stars as a teenager who uses teleportation powers to track his mother's killer.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The fantasy children's books become a movie with Freddie Highmore playing the twins.

Summer Movies

Iron Man

The long-gestating project has Robert Downey Jr. as the superhero.

Speed Racer

Based on the Japanese cartoon, the new movie sees Speed Racer battling his rival, Racer X.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Cast, director and writers all return for the second installment of CS Lewis' seven-part series.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indy is finally ready for his next (and final?) adventure.

Sex and the City: The Movie

Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte, Carrie and Mr. Big return, this time on the big screen.

The Incredible Hulk

Universal tries again with Edward Norton as the green giant and promising more action.

Get Smart

Based on the '60s sitcom, Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) fight KAOS' evil leader (Terence Stamp) on the big screen.

The Dark Knight

Nolan's Batman redux continues with the Joker as our brooding hero's latest nemesis.

Mamma Mia!

The musical becomes a movie. Get ready for ABBA overload.

The X-Files 2 (working title)

Mulder & Scully return in this long-gestating sequel.

Christmas Movies

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry learns more of Lord Voldemort's past in the second-to-last installment of the series.

Angels & Demons

Tom Hanks is back in this prequel to "The Da Vinci Code."

Star Trek

J.J. Abrams gifts fans with the latest from the franchise featuring Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

Ace Ventura 3

Ace Jr. follows in the pet detective's footsteps.

Alice

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in this disturbing re-imagining of Wonderland based on the video game by American McGee.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams' love stands the test of time in the big-screen adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's novel.

2009

G.I. Joe

The popular cartoon gets an overhaul for the big screen.

The Grudge 3

The dead have held on to their grudge long enough to make a third movie.

Nottingham

Russell Crowe stars as the infamous sheriff.

Wolverine

Hugh Jackman returns for Wolverine's story before he joined the X-Men.

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Lots there I want to see.

Hope they don't screw them up.

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Lots there I want to see.

Hope they don't screw them up.

I agree - this crop looks better than last year's

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PopMatters Most Anticipated Films of 2008

I've done a short edit to highlight their top pics - read the full by clicking PopMatters above:

11 January sees the JJ Abrams produced Cloverfield finally coming to a theater near you. This Blair Witch Godzilla, focusing on some found footage shot by young adults during a giant monster’s attack on Manhattan.

Another well publicized possibility is Michel Gondry’s follow-up to his quirky and quite clever The Science of Sleep. Be Kind, Rewind stars Jack Black and Mos Def as video store employees who decide to replace their entire inventory with homemade versions of famous movies after all their tapes are accidentally erased.

Maybe Will Ferrell can set things right. A week later, on 29 February, his latest collaboration with Old School writer Scot Armstrong hits. On the plus side, Semi-Pro promises to be a ridiculous, raunchy sports comedy...

Speaking of something that will require a little karmic and creative support to actually work, Fox falls back on its stunt casting ways to turn their version of Dr. Seuss’s beloved tale Horton Hears a Who! (14 March) into yet another example of pop culture quipping 3D animation. Our excitable elephant is played by former flavor of the month Jim Carrey. The microscopic Mayor of Who-ville he indirectly interacts with is essayed by current comic go-to guy Steve Carell. Reading the cast list—Johan Hill, Seth Rogen, Dan Fogler, Dane Cook—there appears to be a lot of heavyweight humor talent involved.

George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, the football period piece Leatherheads (4 April) promises more pseudo-Coen Brothers riffs from the adept actor turned filmmaker. While the presence of Renee Zellweger is problematic (as is her obvious resemblance to a character played by Jennifer Jason Leigh in the Coens’ Hudsucker Proxy), this could be a sparkling screwball comedy. On the other side of the funny business fence is the Tina Fey vehicle Baby Mama (18 April). Ms. 30 Rock plays a 37-year-old business woman who, when she discovers she’s infertile, hires a working class gal (Amy Poehler) to be her surrogate. Could be interesting. Could be Juno meshed with Baby Boom.

Jon Favreau’s intriguing take on the classic comic book hero Iron Man (2 May). From the novel casting (Robert Downey Jr., Terrance Howard, Jeff Bridges) to the intriguing premise, this could be a winner.

Equally capable of lighting up the screen are Andy and Larry Wachowski. As their first film behind the lens since a little something called The Matrix Trilogy hit theaters five years ago, the 9 May arrival of their Speed Racer adaptation has fans of the classic ‘60s anime worried. Some have celebrated the cartoon look and eye candy appeal present in the recently released advertisement. Others wonder if the visual scope will undermine the title’s smaller pleasures.

One things for sure, by 22 May no one will care. After a gestation period longer than any other title coming out (Last Crusade was 19 years ago!), and more questions about the cast and creators than should technically be allowed, George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg, and Harrison Ford are once again resurrecting the classic serial action icon, Indiana Jones.

Steve Carell is back again, this time paired with The Devil Wears Prada‘s Anne Hathaway, for an update of the classic Buck Henry/Mel Brooks TV spy spoof Get Smart. While physical comedy and sight gags are usually reserved for the Epic Movie crowd, this one has possibilities.

The already overhyped Wall-E (27 June - Pixar) has been stunning preview audiences with its 3D look at a lonely robot, and the alien visitors who suddenly soar into his life. This heavily guarded project, proposed long ago by the creative minds behind Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Cars, promises to be the movie of 2008. The geeks have already crowned it a must-see masterpiece without ever viewing a single fully realized frame, and with limited family friendly options coming to the marketplace during the season, this could be the biggest hit of the year as well.

For those who want more comic book chaos, Guillermo Del Toro is back with the sequel to his spectacular Hellboy. This time around, the Hellspawn hero takes on The Golden Army, the rebellious forces of a mythical realm. With a bigger budget, and a lot more creative cred (thanks in part to the international acclaim for Pan’s Labyrinth), we could finally be witnessing the birth of another favored franchise.

Similarly, 18 July sees the return of the brilliant Christopher Nolan and his continuing take on the Batman legacy, this time entitled The Dark Knight. After kvetching over the casting of Heath Ledger as the latest incarnation of The Joker, the trailer has proved that the British auteur knows what he’s doing.

Once August arrives, all bets are off. Indeed, with the continuing effects of the writer’s strike still being assessed, what will and will not be released in 2008 becomes a question for a near psychic level of speculation. Another Judd Apatow produced farce, the stoner comedy Pineapple Express, promises to land on 8 August. In October, Ridley Scott is expected to deliver his latest, Body of Lies, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe. November brings the return of everyone’s favorite boy wizard (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) while David Fincher switches gears from 2007’s Zodiac to bring the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, The Curious Tale of Benjamin Button, to theaters. Oddly enough, the year ends where it began—with JJ Abrams hyping the hell out of his take on the Star Trek series. The unnamed number XI promises to look at the crew of the Enterprise during their Starfleet Academy days.

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