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2008 Movie List


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21

Release Date: March 28th, 2008
Director: Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, Monster-in-Law)
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Aaron Yoo, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne
Synopsis: 21 is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.
The Hype: The trailer makes this look like it could be the next best Vegas / cards movie with a great cast, and it's based off of a great book to start.


ADVENTURELAND

Release Date: 2008
Director: Greg Mottola (Superbad)
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr
Synopsis: A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent college grad (Eisenberg) who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it's the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.
The Hype: The director of Superbad, the late-summer sleeper hit comedy of 2007, is back again with a film he wrote that has a plot that sounds like it could rival Knocked Up or Superbad.


AUSTRALIA

Release Date: 2008
Director: Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge)
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham
Synopsis: Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
The Hype: I think just mentioning that this comes from the colorful mind of Moulin Rouge's Baz Luhrmann and stars Hugh Jackman is enough to confirm that this is one to definitely watch out for.


BABYLON A.D.

Release Date: August 29th, 2008
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Gérard Depardieu, Michelle Yeoh
Synopsis: Veteran-turned-mercenary Thoorop (Diesel) takes the high-risk job of escorting a woman from Russia to China. Little does he know that she is host to an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to produce a genetically modified Messiah.
The Hype: It looks like Vin Diesel is returning to his Pitch Black sci-fi roots and delivering a grungy, action-packed sci-fi film with some French finesse.


BE KIND REWIND

Release Date: January 25th, 2008
Director: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep)
Starring: Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Melonie Diaz
Synopsis: A man (Black) whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend's video store. In order to satisfy the store's most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films, which include Back to the Future, The Lion King, and RoboCop.
The Hype: If you haven't seen it, watch the trailer now. Not only will VHS nostalgia hit hard, but you can't go wrong with the immensely creative Michel Gondry, Jack Black, and Mos Def all working together!


BLINDNESS

Release Date: August 8th, 2008
Director: Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener)
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover, Alice Braga
Synopsis: A doctor's wife becomes the only person with the ability to see in a town where everyone is struck with a mysterious case of sudden blindness. She feigns illness in order to take care of her husband as her surrounding community breaks down into chaos and disorder.
The Hype: Although The Constant Gardener wasn't a hit, anything City of God director Fernando Meirelles works on is guaranteed to be incredible, and this time around it sounds like it most certainly could be.


THE BOX

Release Date: Late 2008
Director: Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko, Southland Tales)
Starring: James Marsden, Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella
Synopsis: A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a troubled married couple, who open it and become instantly wealthy. Little do they realize that opening the box also kills someone they do not know.
The Hype: Donnie Darko writer/director Richard Kelly is hopefully making a much more down-to-earth movie that's a solid thriller rather than an off-the-wall "apocalyptic comedy" like Southland Tales.


BURN AFTER READING


Release Date: Late 2008
Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Ladykillers, No Country for Old Men)
Starring: George Clooney, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton
Synopsis: A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it.
The Hype: After directing one of 2007's most critically acclaimed movies, No Country for Old Men, the Coen's are already back finishing up Burn After Reading, and it seems like it could be another brilliant film.


THE CHANGELING

Release Date: 2008
Director: Clint Eastwood (Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby)
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, John Malkovich, Amy Ryan
Synopsis: A mother's prayer for her kidnapped son to return home is answered, though it doesn't take long for her to suspect the boy who comes back is not hers.
The Hype: Eastwood steps back behind the camera with a script by J. Michael Straczynski ("He-Man and the Masters of the Universe", "Babylon 5″) with what seems like a very promising period mystery story.


CHOKE

Release Date: Late 2008
Director: Clark Gregg
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston, Kelly Macdonald, Brad William Henke
Synopsis: A sex-addicted con-man pays for his mother's hospital bills by playing on the sympathies of those who rescue him from choking to death.
The Hype: The very next movie based on a book by Chuck Palahniuk since Fight Club in 1999. It's debuting at Sundance and I'm hoping Clark Gregg kept the story intact enough for it to be even remotely as good as Fight Club.


THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN

Release Date: May 16th, 2008
Director: Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
Starring: Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Ben Barnes, Warwick Davis
Synopsis: The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.
The Hype: Although I'm not a huge fan of the first Chronicles of Narnia from 2004, the trailer for this sequel makes it look a lot darker, grungier, and intense and it's certainly captured my attention.


CITY OF EMBER

Release Date: October 10th, 2008
Director: Gil Kenan (Monster House)
Starring: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Toby Jones
Synopsis: For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing, and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker.
The Hype: The concept just sounds ridiculously cool, and you combine that with Bill Murray and I'm very interested to see what this is all about.


CLOVERFIELD

Release Date: January 18th, 2008
Director: Matt Reeves ("Felicity")
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Synopsis: Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.
The Hype: You've all seen the trailers by now and at this point the "what the hell is it?!" buzz is higher than almost any other movie in 2008. The early reviews have been all positive, and a new classic could be in the making.


CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Release Date: 2008
Director: David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas
Synopsis: Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.
The Hype: You take an intriguing story idea, combine it with Brad Pitt, and then let Fight Club director David Fincher make it all come to life - I'm there in an instant!


THE DARK KNIGHT

Release Date: July 18th, 2008
Director: Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige)
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Synopsis: Batman and James Gordon join forces with Gotham's new District Attorney, Harvey Dent, to take on a psychotic bank robber known as The Joker, whilst other forces plot against them, and Joker's crimes grow more and more deadly.
The Hype: Batman returns in the sequel to Christopher Nolan's 2005 revamp, and he's back fighting the Joker. This is already on its way to becoming the best movie of 2008 (or at least the biggest money-maker) from the early marketing alone. And the latest trailer is an absolute hit itself.


THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL

Release Date: December 12th, 2008
Director: Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates
Synopsis: A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.
The Hype: Although the response is quite negative at the moment, this could turn out pretty good if all the right elements fall into place, and that includes Keanu Reeves’ performance and Scott Derrickson's directing.


EAGLE EYE

Release Date: August 8th, 2008
Director: D.J. Caruso (The Salton Sea, Disturbia)
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Michellle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson
Synopsis: A young slacker and a single mom get tangled up in a terrorist cell plotting a political assassination.
The Hype: The duo that made Disturbia a huge hit earlier this year, director D.J. Caruso and Shia LaBeouf, are back together again in another thriller that sounds quite promising.


FANBOYS

Release Date: 2008
Director: Kyle Newman
Starring: Sam Huntington, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell
Synopsis: Star Wars fans travel to Skywalker Ranch to steal an early copy of Episode I: The Phantom Menace for their dying friend.
The Hype: The long-delayed Star Wars comedic adventure is supposed to finally hit theaters in 2008 and you know what, I'm still looking forward to it like the Star Wars geek I am.


THE FIGHTER

Release Date: 2008
Director: Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Brad Pitt
Synopsis: A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid ’80s.
The Hype: Visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky is finally taking on a more mainstream film that will likely still include his incredible cinematography and brilliant filmmaking techniques.


THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM

Release Date: April 18th, 2008
Director: Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little, The Haunted Mansion)
Starring: Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano
Synopsis: A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.
The Hype: Despite Rob Minkoff's family film background, this kung fu epic still looks incredible, especially featuring Jet Li and Jackie Chan as well as fight choreography by Matrix and Kill Bill choreographer Yuen Wo Ping.


FROST/NIXON

Release Date: 2008
Director: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, The Da Vinci Code)
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen
Synopsis: A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
The Hype: Ron Howard's latest since The Da Vinci Code promises to be an epic political look at Nixon and Frost's interviews, and it's not often that Howard screws up.


GET SMART

Release Date: June 20th, 2008
Director: Peter Segal (Naked Gun 33 1/3, Anger Management, 50 First Dates)
Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Terence Stamp, Alan Arkin
Synopsis: Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of KAOS with the more-competent Agent 99 at his side.
The Hype: Possibly already the big comedy hit of 2008, it's the first movie since The Producers in 2005 to have Mel Brooks’ touch. Besides that, the footage already out has planted this solidly as the soon-to-be funniest spy movie of the decade.


THE HAPPENING

Release Date: June 13th, 2008
Director: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Spencer Breslin
Synopsis: A paranoid thriller about a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity.
The Hype: Although not everyone is a fan (anymore), I always look forward to M. Night's movies and the early buzz is that The Happening is the most R-rated intense film he's made to date.


HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

Release Date: November 21st, 2008
Director: David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis
Synopsis: As Harry Potter begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.
The Hype: As the series works its way to the seventh and final book, it continues to ramp up the energy and improve in various ways, as not only have the actors gained experience, but so have the directors.


HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY

Release Date: July 11th, 2008
Director: Guillermo del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth)
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss, Thomas Kretschmann
Synopsis: The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.
The Hype: Guillermo, Perlman, Blair, and Jones are all much more experienced as we return to the Hellboy universe again since the first film in 2004. And del Toro, now a more well known director, is putting more energy, effort, and excellence into this sequel.


THE INCREDIBLE HULK

Release Date: June 13th, 2008
Director: Louis Leterrier (The Transporter, Unleashed)
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson
Synopsis: The Incredible Hulk tells the story of Dr Bruce Banner, who seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. Whilst on the run from military which seeks his capture, Banner comes close to a cure. But all is lost when a new creature emerges - The Abomination.
The Hype: Seeing Edward Norton take on the role of the Hulk is the best thing that could ever happen to this comic book adaptation, and the passion he is bringing combined with Louis Leterrier directing will result in the Hulk movie we've always wanted.


INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Release Date: May 22nd, 2008
Director: Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Munich)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent
Synopsis: The latest installment of Indiana Jones is set at the height of the Cold War in 1957.
The Hype: This needs no introduction. Dr Jones returns to the big screen 18 years after The Last Crusade and 19 years older with Shia LaBeouf as his new sidekick.


THE INTERNATIONAL

Release Date: August 15th, 2008
Director: Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer)
Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Ulrich Thomsen
Synopsis: An Interpol agent attempts to expose a high-profile financial institution's role in an international arms dealing ring.
The Hype: The combination of Tom Tykwer, an incredibly visionary German filmmaker, and Clive Owen can only mean great things.


IRON MAN

Release Date: May 2nd, 2008
Director: Jon Favreau (Elf, Zathura)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges
Synopsis: When billionaire Tony Stark is forced to create a life support suit to keep him alive after an accident he decides to use the technology in his suit to fight crime.
The Hype: The first trailer and early footage show what will be an awesome introduction to this superhero, guaranteed. It already seems like Favreau was born to direct this.


JAMES BOND 22

Release Date: November 7th, 2008
Director: Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction, The Kite Runner)
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton
Synopsis: Bond is back in the 22nd installment.
The Hype: After Craig was immensely praised as the newest Bond in the successful reboot of the franchise in 2006, everyone is looking forward to the follow-up and where it will take Bond next.


JUMPER

Release Date: February 14th, 2008
Director: Doug Liman (Go, The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith)
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Rachel Bilson, Jamie Bell
Synopsis: A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between "Jumpers" and those who have sworn to kill them.
The Hype: The latest trailer makes this out to be one hell of an exciting sci-fi action flick and with Doug Liman's previous track record, it doesn't look like it could be anything but good.


KUNG FU PANDA

Release Date: June 6th, 2008
Director: Mark Osborne & John Stevenson
Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane
Synopsis: Po the Panda is the laziest animals in all of the Valley of Peace, but unwittingly becomes the chosen one when enemies threaten their way of life.
The Hype: The most I can say is that this looks like a good DreamWorks CGI film. It has the right voice actors and story to possibly become something classic.


THE LOVE GURU

Release Date: June 20th, 2008
Director: Marco Schnabel
Starring: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco
Synopsis: Pitka, an American raised outside of his country by gurus, returns to the States in order to break into the self-help business. His first challenge: To settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player whose wife left him for a rival athlete.
The Hype: Mike Myers is back with his first original character creation since Austin Powers and if he pulls it off, it could be possibly be better than that series.


THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR

Release Date: August 1st, 2008
Director: Rob Cohen (Fast and the Furious, xXx, Stealth)
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Luke Ford
Synopsis: In the Far East, trouble-seeking father-and-son duo Rick and Alex O'Connell unearth the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin - a shape-shifting entity who was cursed by a wizard centuries ago.
The Hype: Despite the hack of a filmmaker Rob Cohen is directing, the photos released of Jet Li and Brendan Fraser have built up some excitement for the return to The Mummy franchise.


THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL

Release Date: February 29th, 2008
Director: Justin Chadwick ("Bleak House")
Starring: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Kristin Scott Thomas
Synopsis: Based on a novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl revolves around the ferociously ambitious Boleyn sisters, Mary and Anne, who are rivals for the bed and heart of 16th century English King Henry VIII.
The Hype: The first trailer has pinned this as an intense, emotional, and powerful drama about two competing sisters. Even I'm interested in this despite having a passionate dislike for period pieces.


PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

Release Date: August 8th, 2008
Director: David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls, Snow Angels)
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Amber Heard
Synopsis: A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder.
The Hype: The powerhouse Judd Apatow production team is ready to redefine and reinvigorate the stoner comedy genre with Pineapple Express, a half-action, half-comedy mega-movie.


RAMBO

Release Date: January 25th, 2008
Director: Sylvester Stallone (Paradise Alley, Rocky Balboa)
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden
Synopsis: In Thailand, John Rambo assembles a group of mercenaries and leads them up the Salween River to a Burmese village where a group of Christian aid workers allegedly went missing.
The Hype: Like Rocky before it, Sly Stallone has returned to put a final cap on this franchise and so far the incredibly gory trailers have evoked an overwhelmingly positive response.


REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA!

Release Date: April 25th, 2008
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV)
Starring: Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Paris Hilton, Nivek Ogre, Sarah Brightman
Synopsis: A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.
The Hype: Although I'm still unsure of what exactly to expect, Repo is such an off-the-wall and unique concept that I can't help but be excited to see what Darren Lynn Bousman has cooked up.


ROCK N ROLLA

Release Date: October 3rd, 2008
Director: Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch)
Starring: Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jeremy Piven
Synopsis: London's criminal underworld takes notice of a Russian mobster's shady land deal, a scam that puts millions of dollars up for grabs.
The Hype: Possibly Guy Ritchie's big return to excellent British mob movies since 2000 and Snatch, which is a great thing considering how awesome and how unique of a filmmaker Ritchie is.


THE RUINS

Release Date: April 4th, 2008
Director: Carter Smith
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone, Shawn Ashmore, Joe Anderson
Synopsis: A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.
The Hype: Early buzz is saying that this could be the big horror movie of 2008, especially being adapted from an apparently quite horrific novel.


SCANNERS

Release Date: October 17th, 2008
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera!)
Starring: Unannounced
Synopsis: Remake of the 1981 David Cronenberg horror classic in which "Scanners" have great psychic power, strong enough to control minds. Doctor Paul Ruth finds a scanner that Revok hasn't, and converts him to their cause - to destroy the underground movement.
The Hype: Bousman is supposedly taking on this remake of the "exploding head" 1981 classic, and I'm insanely curious to see how he'll revamp it.


SEMI-PRO

Release Date: February 29th, 2008
Director: Kent Alterman
Starring: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Will Arnett
Synopsis: Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.
The Hype: Might be the best Will Ferrell comedy since Anchorman. The full trailer is pretty damn hilarious - at least it will be better than Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights.


SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE

Release Date: May 30th, 2008
Director: Michael Patrick King
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Hudson
Synopsis: The movie version of the long-running HBO series featuring the further exploits of Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes.
The Hype: This is an absolute dream come true for fans of the TV series and apparently long-time show regular Michael Patrick King has thrown in everything that he could into the story.


SON OF RAMBOW

Release Date: May 2nd, 2008
Director: Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Starring: Will Poulter, Bill Milner, Jules Sitruk, Charlie Thrift
Synopsis: A nostalgic trip back to the 80s, Son of Rambow is an inventive valentine to an era where, for the first time in history, young minds had access to technology that allowed them to create their own stories while paying homage to their larger-than-life heroes from the movies that inspired them.
The Hype: A smash Sundance 2007 hit, this is finally making its way to theaters after Stallone's Rambo arrives in January and it's bound to be a huge indie hit just like Little Miss Sunshine.


SPEED RACER

Release Date: May 9th, 2008
Director: Larry Wachowski & Andy Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy)
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox
Synopsis: Based on the classic 1960's Japanese animated series chronicling the aspirations of a young race car driver as he attempts to obtain glory, with the help of his family and the Mach 5, the advanced car created by his father.
The Hype: The Wachowski's are back directing for the first time since Matrix Revolutions are are creatively adapting the Japanese cartoon into something we've never seen before yet looks visually stunning.


STAR TREK XI

Release Date: December 25th, 2008
Director: J.J. Abrams ("Lost", "Alias", Mission: Impossible III)
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana
Synopsis: A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.
The Hype: Probably the most talked about geek phenomenon ever, J.J. Abrams is revamping this epic franchise back into full action and turning it into a mainstream fascination.


TRAILER TRASH

Release Date: August 22nd, 2008
Director: Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel: Part I & II)
Starring: Unannounced
Synopsis: A series of fake trailers strung together into a feature film.
The Hype: Although Grindhouse didn't fare too well at the box office, the film (and its fake trailers) was one of the best of the year, which is why I can't wait to see what sick madness the controversial Eli Roth has dreamt up over countless fake trailers.


VALKYRIE

Release Date: October 3rd, 2008
Director: Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh, Patrick Wilson
Synopsis: Based on actual events, a plot to assassinate Hitler is unfurled during the height of WWII.
The Hype: Given that it's Bryan Singer, the expectations are high and after watching the trailer, my perception is that it could be the best WWII movie since Saving Private Ryan.


VANTAGE POINT

Release Date: February 22nd, 2008
Director: Pete Travis
Starring: Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, Matthew Fox, Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker
Synopsis: With a Rashomon narrative style, the attempted assassination of the president is told from five different perspectives.
The Hype: The very first trailer that dropped over the summer for Vantage Point has since kept up the energy and excitement as well as my expectations for an early-in-the-year action-thriller hit.


WALL-E

Release Date: June 27th, 2008
Director: Andrew Stanton (A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo)
Starring: Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Ben Burtt
Synopsis: The year is 2700. WALL•E, a robot, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for.
The Hype: I'm a sucker for sci-fi and I'm a sucker for Pixar. From the trailers, photos, and talk so far, this could be the best Pixar movie yet.


WANTED


Release Date: June 27th, 2008
Director: Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch)
Starring: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Common
Synopsis: A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. And when his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father's old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dad's footsteps.
The Hype: This seems unique enough from the trailer to be pretty damn good, also considering I love fresh new styles from Europe and comic book adaptations - and this is made up of both of those.


WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Release Date: October 3rd, 2008
Director: Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation)
Starring: Catherine Keener, Benicio Del Toro, Forest Whitaker, Lauren Ambrose, Catherine O'Hara
Synopsis: An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a mischievous little boy, creates his own world - a forest in habited by fabulous wild creatures who crown Max as their ruler.
The Hype: Spike Jonze is up there with Michel Gondry (see Be Kind Rewind above) as being one of the most creative and unique filmmakers in the entire world. The promo photos I've seen so far and very early buzz that I've heard has lead me to believe that this is a gem in the works.


THE X-FILES 2

Release Date: July 25th, 2008
Director: Chris Carter
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet
Synopsis: Unannounced
The Hype: I'll be honest - I loved the original X-Files movie from 1998, despite not being a fan of the show. And now they're coming back with what could be an even better and more thrilling story.


ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO

Release Date: Late 2008
Director: Kevin Smith (Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Mewes
Synopsis: Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cashflow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
The Hype: Kevin Smith rarely goes wrong and after Clerks II in 2006, I'm confident that this will be just as good, if not even better than that. He's got an amusing plot, a hilarious lead actor, and gorgeous lead actress - what more can you ask for?
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