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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

2008’s films ranked

This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2008. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date; year is 2008 unless otherwise noted.

green for go worth paying multiplex prices for

Wall-E (06.24/06.27)
Synecdoche, New York (10.20/10.24)
In Bruges (01.31/02.08)
Slumdog Millionaire (11.06/11.12)
Cloverfield (01.15/01.18)
Burn After Reading (09.05/09.12)
Rachel Getting Married (09.11/10.03)
The Visitor (04.08/04.11)
Revolutionary Road (11.28/12.26)
The Dark Knight (07.08/07.18)
W. (10.17/10.17)
Frost/Nixon (11.11/12.05)
The Reader (11.25/12.10)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (01.03/01.25)
Let the Right One In (11.20/10.24)
Che (10.31/12.12)
The Wrestler (02.20.09/12.17)
Traitor (08.07/08.27)
Towelhead (01.06.09/09.12)
Milk (11.06/11.26)
Pride and Glory (10.20/10.24)
Definitely, Maybe (02.07/02.14)
Choke (09.10/09.26)
Love Songs (Les Chansons D’Amour) (05.16/03.21)
Stop-Loss (03.25/03.28)
Caramel (01.09/02.01)
Teeth (01.07/01.18)
The Tale of Despereaux (12.11/12.19)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (02.13/03.07)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (12.04/12.25)
Lakeview Terrace (09.11/09.19)
Iron Man (04.28/05.02)
The Fall (05.06/05.09)
Happy-Go-Lucky (09.03/10.10)
Valkyrie (12.13/12.25)
Marley & Me (12.17/12.25)
Igor (09.10/09.19)
The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher) (08.01/02.22)
Defiance (11.24/12.31)
Wanted (06.19/06.27)
Boy A (07.07/07.23)
Waltz with Bashir (10.30/12.26)
Four Minutes (Vier Minuten) (04.23/04.18)
Son of Rambow (04.17/05.02)
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (04.08/04.18)
Street Kings (04.10/04.11)
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (09.15/10.03)
The Secret Life of Bees (10.08/10.17)
Tropic Thunder (07.29/08.13)
Trouble the Water (08.18/08.22)
Religulous (10.09/10.01)
Then She Found Me (09.20/04.25)
Young@Heart (05.14/04.09)
Hamlet 2 (07.23/08.22)
Bolt (11.17/11.21)
Australia (11.19/11.26)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (10.13/11.07)
Body of Lies (10.07/10.10)
Step Brothers (07.17/07.25)
The Forbidden Kingdom (04.09/04.18)
I.O.U.S.A. (08.19/08.22)
The Other Boleyn Girl (02.06/02.29)
The Band’s Visit (01.28/02.08)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (05.18/05.22)
Nim’s Island (04.08/04.04)
Frozen River (08.22/08.01)
Chicago 10 (01.29/02.29)
Mongol (05.08/06.06)
Chop Shop (02.14/02.27)
The Bank Job (02.11/03.07)
Battle in Seattle (08.27/09.19)
The Rocker (08.12/08.20)
Bottle Shock (07.15/08.08)
Before the Rains (03.25/05.09)
Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show (01.09/02.08)
Taxi to the Dark Side (01.03/01.18)
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (06.10/06.20)
Nobel Son (05.02.07/12.05)
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (10.14/10.03)
Blindness (09.18/09.26)
RocknRolla (10.09/10.08)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (05.12/05.16)
The Tracey Fragments (07.24/05.09)
Charlie Bartlett (07.17.07/02.22)
Mister Foe (08.27/09.05)
The Business of Being Born (01.03/01.09)
Good Dick (10.07/10.10)
The Babysitters (05.05/05.09)
Kung Fu Panda (05.29/06.06)
The Incredible Hulk (06.09/06.13)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno (10.27/10.31)
Run, Fat Boy, Run (08.28.07/03.28)
Dreams With Sharp Teeth (05.27/06.04)
What Just Happened (10.14/10.17)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (08.11/08.15)
Hancock (06.18/07.02)
The Spiderwick Chronicles (02.14/02.14)
How She Move (01.22/01.25)
Man on Wire (07.02/07.25)
Sputnik Mania (01.28/03.14)
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (07.23/07.25)
Cadillac Records (12.02/12.05)
Under the Same Moon (La misma luna) (03.04/03.19)
American Teen (07.16/07.25)
Stealing America: Vote by Vote (07.31/08.01)
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (04.08/04.18)

yellow for maybe worth seeing, but wait for DVD, unless your favorite actor is in it

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (11.01/11.07)
Changeling (10.20/10.24)
The Duchess (09.15/09.19)
Last Chance Harvey (11.15/12.25)
Doubt (12.08/12.12)
Quantum of Solace (11.12/11.14)
I’ve Loved You So Long (10.20/10.24)
Get Smart (06.13/06.20)
August (07.07/07.11)
Flow: For Love of Water (08.19/09.12)
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (06.17/09.19)
Quid Pro Quo (05.07/06.13)
Constantine’s Sword (05.06/04.18)
Good (11.17/12.31)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (10.22/10.24)
Penelope (02.25/02.29)
Be Kind Rewind (02.13/02.22)
Noise (05.06/05.09)
Smart People (04.07/04.11)
CJ7 (02.25/03.07)
Diminished Capacity (06.26/07.04)
The Signal (01.24/02.22)
The Ruins (09.07/04.04)
Felon (07.09/07.18)
Snow Angels (02.20/03.07)
Mad Money (01.10/01.18)
Nothing But the Truth (12.03/12.19)
Up the Yangtze (03.19/04.25)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (08.07/08.15)
Stuck (05.14/05.30)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (07.01/07.11)
Sleepwalking (03.06/03.14)
Flawless (02.20/03.28)
Doubt (12.08/12.12)
Nothing Like the Holidays (12.08/12.12)
City of Men (01.07/02.29)
The Wackness (05.07/07.03)
Paranoid Park (03.03/03.07)
Mamma Mia! (07.14/07.18)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (06.30/07.11)
Vantage Point (02.19/02.22)
Appaloosa (09.19/09.19)
21 (03.20/03.28)
Cassandra’s Dream (12.12.07/01.18)
Jumper (02.11/02.14)
Death Defying Acts (07.09/07.11)
Hounddog (08.14/09.19)
George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead (01.30/02.15)
Married Life (02.25/03.07)
You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (06.02/06.06)
Four Christmases (11.21/11.26)

red for stop give it a miss

War, Inc. (05.02/05.23)
Miracle at St. Anna (09.17/09.26)
Max Payne (10.19/10.17)
Gran Torino (12.02/12.12)
Swing Vote (07.28/08.01)
Brideshead Revisited (07.22/07.25)
A Girl Cut in Two (10.30/08.15)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (08.04/08.06)
The Sensation of Sight (06.05/08.22)
Henry Poole Is Here (08.12/08.15)
Twilight (11.18/11.21)
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (09.20/08.15)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (12.09/12.12)
Sex and the City: The Movie (05.28/05.30)
Chapter 27 (03.19/03.28)
Bangkok Dangerous (09.05/09.05)
Babylon A.D. (08.29/08.29)
Yes Man (12.09/12.19)
Made of Honor (04.25/05.02)
Untraceable (01.10/01.25)
Righteous Kill (09.10/09.12)
Ghost Town (09.16/09.19)
Fool’s Gold (01.22/02.08)
The Killing of John Lennon (05.02.07/01.02)
Redbelt (04.07/05.02)
Rambo (01.23/01.25)
Role Models (11.03/11.07)
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (04.14/04.18)
The Strangers (05.27/05.30)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (07.28/08.01)
Eagle Eye (10.08/09.26)
Seven Pounds (12.03/12.19)
Pineapple Express (08.04/08.06)
Bedtime Stories (12.22/12.25)
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (01.05/01.11)
Elite Squad (04.24/09.19)
YPF (Young People Fucking) (11.20/08.29)
27 Dresses (01.03/01.18)
Soul Men (11.05/11.07)
Baby Mama (04.16/04.25)
Semi-Pro (02.27/02.29)
The Happening (06.13/06.13)
The Last Mistress (08.21/06.27)
Fly Me to the Moon (06.26/08.15)
The Air I Breathe (01.10/01.25)
The Eye (02.01/02.01)
Death Race (08.19/08.22)
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (03.08/03.14)
The Women (09.02/09.12)
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns (03.21/03.23)
Heartbeat Detector (02.27/03.14)
The House Bunny (08.18//08.22)
Meet Dave (07.12/07.11)
Space Chimps (07.12/07.18)
Speed Racer (05.01/05.09)
Harold (07.01/07.11)
First Sunday (01.08/01.11)
Sukiyaki Western Django (08.14/08.29)
Over Her Dead Body (01.29/02.01)
A Previous Engagement (05.05/05.09)
Sex Drive (10.14/10.17)
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (01.23/02.08)
The Love Guru (06.17/06.20)
10,000 B.C. (03.05/03.07)
Delgo (12.09/12.12)
Postal (05.19/05.23)
An American Carol (01.14.09/10.03)
The Spirit (12.17/12.25)



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