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A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook: 2008


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2008 began with the romantic comedy 27 Dresses.

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Meet the Spartans followed, another spoof of new releases.

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Jumper was a sci-fi film with the ability of very fast travel.

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Horton Hears a Who expanded a popular children's book. it had its moments.

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Back to horror with Shutter.

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Nim's Island was a pretty good children's adventure film with a plucky Abigail Breslin and Jodie Foster in a rare comic performance.

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Street Kings was a crime saga with Forrest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves.

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Young @ Heart was a documentary involving a senior rock group.

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Hugh Jackman, Ewan Mcgregor, Michelle Williams, and Charlotte Rampling were in the provocative thriller Deception.

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What Happens to Vegas was a rom-com set in Sin City.

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The Happening saw the world in an apocalyptic lens.

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Eddie Murphy was an alien spaceship in Meet Dave.

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Monkeys went to space in the kids film Space Chimps.

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10 years after the first film, The X-Files returned to the big screen.

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Kiefer Sutherland then went into investigating paranormal horror.

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The Rocker was a comedy about a most unusual viral sensation....

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Babylon AD was a sci-fi action thriller.

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Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston starred in the dark comedy Choke.

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Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Martin Landau, Mary Kay Place, and Tim Robbins appeared in the children's fantasy City of Ember.

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The Secret Life of Bees was very good with sterling work from all the women in its cast.

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Max Paine was a video game adaptation.

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Slumdog Millionaire, a pretty good and quite disturbing underdog tale, had a crazy journey. the film was almost put direct to DVD after Warner Independent Pictures closed, and then Fox Searchlight bought the rights. It won 8 Oscars including Best Picture and grossed over $100 million. It was Fox's first domestic release that was a Best Picture winner since 1971's The French Connection.

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Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman were teamed for the epic romance Australia.

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Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly hoped to fill the shoes of Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

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The Wrestler gave Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei Oscar nominations.

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And 2008 closed with the slice of life Marley and Me, about a family and an ultimately loved (but quite destructive) dog. Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Alan Arkin, and Kathleen Turner starred.

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My top picks:

  1. The Wrestler
  2. Slumdog Millionaire

 

I've also seen 27 DressesJumperShutterNim's IslandStreet KingsDeceptionThe HappeningMeet DaveX-Files: I Want to BelieveMirrorsBabylon A.D.ChokeCity of EmberThe Secret Life of BeesMax PayneAustraliaThe Day the Earth Stood Still, and Marley & Me.

Meet the Spartans is another of the worst movies I've ever seen.

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