Film Diary 2008

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1. The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

61 Metascore

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

Votes: 74,514 | Gross: $15.80M

CINEMA: Empire 2 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 11 January

2. Enchanted (2007)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

75 Metascore

A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Patrick Dempsey

Votes: 165,409 | Gross: $127.81M

CINEMA: Empire 9 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6+

DATE: 18 January

3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical

83 Metascore

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall

Votes: 322,829 | Gross: $52.90M

CINEMA: Empire 1 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 4 February

4. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 466,516 | Gross: $143.50M

CINEMA: Empire 7 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 8 February

5. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama

93 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 464,528 | Gross: $40.22M

CINEMA: Empire 12 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7-

DATE: 15 February

6. The Conformist (1970)

R | 113 min | Drama

100 Metascore

A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio

Votes: 23,410

CINEMA: NFT 1 LOCATION: London

RATING: 6-

DATE: 7 March

7. Margot at the Wedding (2007)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Flora Cross, Zane Pais

Votes: 18,391 | Gross: $1.96M

CINEMA: Cineworld 5, Shaftesbury Avenue LOCATION: London

RATING: 4

DATE: 9 March

8. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

92 Metascore

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 98,595 | Gross: $5.99M

CINEMA: Odeon 3, Covent Garden LOCATION: London

RATING: 7+

DATE: 10 March

9. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 97,174 | Gross: $26.81M

CINEMA: Odeon 3, Metro Centre LOCATION: Gateshead

RATING: 7

DATE: 14 March

10. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera

Votes: 137,850 | Gross: $7.16M

CINEMA: Empire 11 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 4 April

11. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 361,753 | Gross: $7.76M

CINEMA: Empire 4 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 18 April

12. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, R.D. Reid

Votes: 131,415 | Gross: $5.97M

CINEMA: Cineworld 5, Shaftesbury Avenue LOCATION: London

RATING: 7

DATE: 28 April

13. Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

A French public servant from Provence is banished to the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to quickly come back.

Director: Dany Boon | Stars: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoé Félix, Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret

Votes: 36,645 | Gross: $1.48M

CINEMA: Empire 2, Leicester Square LOCATION: London

RATING: 7

DATE: 27 April

14. Iron Man (2008)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

79 Metascore

After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

Director: Jon Favreau | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 866,710 | Gross: $318.41M

CINEMA: Odeon 11, Metro Centre LOCATION: Gateshead

RATING: 6-

DATE: 16 May

15. Honeydripper (2007)

PG-13 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, History

68 Metascore

1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Danny Glover, LisaGay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 1,824 | Gross: $0.27M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 17 May

16. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen

Votes: 393,828 | Gross: $317.10M

CINEMA: Empire 10 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 23 May

17. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 11,667 | Gross: $1.06M

CINEMA: Odeon 1, Covent Garden LOCATION: London

RATING: 6+

DATE: 1 June

18. XXY (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti

Votes: 12,289 | Gross: $0.05M

CINEMA: Odeon 3, Panton Street LOCATION: London

RATING: 7

DATE: 2 June

19. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

74 Metascore

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

Votes: 42,243 | Gross: $5.70M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 17 June

20. Female Agents (2008)

TV-MA | 117 min | Drama, War

London, 1944: SOE's section for French ops parachute 4 women into France, plus a woman there, to free an English geologist and kill SS colonel Heindrich.

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Gillain

Votes: 6,446

CINEMA: Phoenix LOCATION: East Finchley, London RATING: 6

DATE: 21 June

21. Priceless (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Romance

72 Metascore

Through a set of wacky circumstances, a young gold digger mistakenly woos a mild-mannered bartender, thinking he's a wealthy suitor.

Director: Pierre Salvadori | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam, Vernon Dobtcheff

Votes: 29,147 | Gross: $1.50M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Classic LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6-

DATE: 24 June

22. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 40,204 | Gross: $9.42M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7+

DATE: 8 July

23. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

Votes: 234,337 | Gross: $20.30M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7-

DATE: 25 July

24. Man on Wire (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

89 Metascore

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century".

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Votes: 49,423 | Gross: $2.96M

CINEMA: Cineworld 2, Haymarket LOCATION: London

RATING: 7+

DATE: 10 August

25. WALL·E (2008)

G | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

95 Metascore

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton | Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard

Votes: 909,339 | Gross: $223.81M

CINEMA: Cineworld 7, Shaftesbury Avenue LOCATION: London

RATING: 7+

DATE: 11 August

26. Jar City (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir

Votes: 4,811

CINEMA: Tyneside - Electra LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 12 September

27. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War

55 Metascore

Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Zac Mattoon O'Brien

Votes: 170,704 | Gross: $9.03M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Classic LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 5

DATE: 19 September

28. Righteous Kill (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

36 Metascore

Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent

Votes: 80,712 | Gross: $40.08M

CINEMA: Cineworld 2, Shaftesbury Avenue LOCATION: London

RATING: 6-

DATE: 28 September

29. The Wave (2008)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 95,364

CINEMA: Cineworld 4, Shaftesbury Avenue LOCATION: London

RATING: 7+

DATE: 29 September

30. I've Loved You So Long (2008)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

Director: Philippe Claudel | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 19,064 | Gross: $3.17M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 8

DATE: 17 October

31. Burn After Reading (2008)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A disk containing mysterious information from a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous and daft gym employees who attempt to sell it.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich

Votes: 288,016 | Gross: $60.36M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Classic LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 21 October

32. Cold Lunch (2008)

90 min | Drama

Bird droppings on a work shirt lead to extreme unintended consequences.

Director: Eva Sørhaug | Stars: Birgitte Victoria Svendsen, Ane Dahl Torp, Bjørn Floberg, Knut Husebø

Votes: 807

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 6+

DATE: 24 October

33. Frozen River (2008)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A mom looks for another source of income, when her husband leaves with the money meant for the new mobile home. A nearby Indian territory stretches across the border to Canada with a drivable frozen river between. Smugling?

Director: Courtney Hunt | Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 23,560 | Gross: $2.51M

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 5

DATE: 24 October

34. Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A music-infused drama about Joe Meek, the flamboyantly gay, tone deaf, songwriter-producer behind the '60s hits "Have I the Right," "Just Like Eddie," "Johnny, Remember Me" and "Telstar."

Director: Nick Moran | Stars: Con O'Neill, Kevin Spacey, Pam Ferris, JJ Feild

Votes: 1,478

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 6-

DATE: 25 October

35. The Last Thakur (2008)

81 min | Action, Drama

Kala an armed, Ex-soldier arrives in a remote town in search of answers about his past. He becomes the focus of a rivalry between the two most powerful men in town. Chairman, a populist, ... See full summary »

Director: Sadik Ahmed | Stars: Tariq Anam Khan, Ahmed Rubel, Tanveer Hassan, Anisur Rahman Milon

Votes: 171

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 3

DATE: 25 October

36. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Christopher Evan Welch

Votes: 228,021 | Gross: $23.22M

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 6

DATE: 25 October

37. A Summer in Genoa (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland, Catherine Keener

Votes: 5,972

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 5

DATE: 26 October

38. The Wrestler (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Votes: 277,403 | Gross: $26.24M

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (Surprise Film)

RATING: 7

DATE: 26 October

39. Afterschool (2008)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Ezra Miller, Jeremy Allen White, Emory Cohen, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 3,932 | Gross: $0.00M

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 7-

DATE: 27 October

40. Country Wedding (2008)

99 min | Comedy

A couple decide to get married in a church out in the country. It is 1 hour drive from Reykjavik but things do not go as planed.

Director: Valdís Óskarsdóttir | Stars: Hreinn Beck, Caroline Dalton, Erlendur Eiríksson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir

Votes: 398

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 6+

DATE: 27 October

41. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime

76 Metascore

A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz

Votes: 33,593 | Gross: $0.48M

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 7

DATE: 28 October

42. The Brothers Bloom (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi

Votes: 46,336 | Gross: $3.52M

LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

RATING: 6

DATE: 28 October

43. Of Time and the City (2008)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

A filmmaker looks at the history and transformation of his birthplace, Liverpool, England.

Director: Terence Davies | Star: Terence Davies

Votes: 1,753 | Gross: $0.03M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6

DATE: 4 November

44. Let's Talk About the Rain (2008)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

Agnes Jaoui plays a local political candidate Agathe Villanova, who returns to her childhood home in the south of France in order to help her sister Florence (Pascale Arbillot) sort through... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Jaoui | Stars: Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jamel Debbouze, Pascale Arbillot

Votes: 1,604 | Gross: $0.11M

CINEMA: Tyneside - Roxy LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7

DATE: 11 November

45. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 223,318 | Gross: $35.74M

CINEMA: Empire 10 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 7+

DATE: 28 November

46. Body of Lies (2008)

R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 199,677 | Gross: $39.39M

CINEMA: Empire 11 LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne

RATING: 6-

DATE: 2 December

47. Gomorrah (2008)

Not Rated | 137 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Scampia Vele is the corbusian architecture which has become a stronghold for Mafia of Naples, Italy. The movie is based on the immortalized book of Roberto Saviano.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Gianfelice Imparato, Salvatore Abbruzzese, Toni Servillo, Simone Sacchettino

Votes: 43,616 | Gross: $1.58M

CINEMA: Odeon 1, Covent Garden LOCATION: London

RATING: 7-

DATE: 21 December



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