Henry Poole Is Here: A dying man (Luke Wilson) is forced to face his religious beliefs when his neighbors begin to see Christ's face in a stain on the side of his house. (July 25)

The Longshots: Although it's probably the last film people would have expected him to helm, rock star Fred Durst make his directorial debut with the true story of the teenage girl who became the first female to play on a Pop Warner football team. Akeelah and the Bee's Keke Palmer stars, with Ice Cube as the coach. (July 25)

Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America: Two Vikings lost in 11th-century North America attempt to survive, and then rebuild, while struggling to overcome their instinct toward war. Features very little dialogue and a reportedly intense rock soundtrack. Headbangers take notice. (July 25)

Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd in Crossing Over
Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd in Crossing Over
Ice Cube and Keke Palmer in The Longshots
Ice Cube and Keke Palmer in The Longshots


Read the rest of Summer Guide 2008.

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Director Wayne Wang (Eat a Bowl of Tea, The Joy Luck Club) returns to his indie roots with the story of a elderly man (Henry O) who comes from China to Spokane to visit his newly divorced daughter. (July 25)

Choke: A sex-addicted con artist (Sam Rockwell), his deranged mother (Anjelica Huston), and a recovering chronic masturbator (Brad Henke) populate Clark Gregg's adaptation of Chuck "Fight Club" Palahniuk's novel. (August 1)

Elegy: Ben Kingsley is a womanizing English professor who's slowly come unraveled by his obsessive affair with a student (Penelope Cruz). Based on a novella by Philip Roth, with Dennis Hopper and Patricia Clarkson. (August 8)

Towelhead: A love it or loathe it film from Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) about a 13-year-old Lebanese-American girl (Summer Bushil) who encounters racism and sexual abuse when she moves to Houston. With Aaron Eckhart. (August 8)

Crossing Over: Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, and Summer Bushil crash into each other in director Wayne Kramer's multi-story exploration of life in immigrant Los Angeles. (August 22)


Encounters at the End of the World: Werner Herzog, who knows a thing or two about living life to the extreme, heads to Antarctica to meet the researchers who man one of the world's most remote science stations. (June 11)

Chris & Don: A Love Story: In this moving documentary, artist Don Bachardy looks back on his 40-year relationship with writer Christopher Isherwood, whose Berlin Stories inspired the musical Cabaret. (June 13)

My Winnipeg: Utilizing his signature mix of silent film, animation, and delightfully weird melodrama, Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin composes a love letter to his Canadian hometown. (June 13)

Gunnin' For That #1 Spot: Beastie Boy Adam Yauch tracks eight high school basketball players — NBA contenders all — as they prepare for a showcase game in Harlem's legendary Rucker Park. (June 27)

Trumbo: This tribute to blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Johnny Got His Gun), written by his playwright son, Christopher, features readings by Joan Allen, Kirk and Michael Douglas, and Paul Giamatti. (June 27)

Gonzo: The Life & Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson: With the help of Johnny Depp, illustrator Ralph Steadman, and a treasure trove of 1960s and '70s archival footage, filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) tracks the life of the mad-genius journalist. (July 4)

Religulous: Comedian Bill Maher takes on religion in this documentary from Curb Your Enthusiasm director Larry Charles. (July 11)

Lou Reed's Berlin: In a concert film directed by Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Lou Reed performs, for the first time ever, his magnificent 1973 song-cycle, "Berlin." (July 18)

American Teen: In this Sundance hit, filmmaker Nanette Burstein (The Kid Stays in the Picture) tracks a year in the life of four Indiana teens. (July 25)


Kung Fu Panda: Po the Panda learns martial arts in order to protect his village against a marauding snow leopard. Featuring the voices of Dustin Hoffman and Jack Black. (June 6)

WALL•E: The new computer toon from Pixar director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) takes place 700 years in the future when a lonely Earth robot called WALL•E and a sleek robot from space named EVE team up for adventure. (June 27)

Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: In a role likely to make Dakota Fanning pea green with envy, Abigail Breslin stars as Kit, the mystery-solving 10-year-old heroine of the popular Depression-era book series. (July 2)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D: Brendan Fraser digs deep. (July 11)

Space Chimps: Animated monkeys blast into space to head off approaching aliens. (July 18)

Fly Me to the Moon: Animated 3-D astronaut flies (very cute flies) go to the moon. (August 8)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2: The magic jeans follow America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel to college and beyond. (August 8)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: George Lucas, who sure knows how to stretch an idea, produced this animated film about Anakin Skywalker's glorious Jedi days, before Darth got his mitts on him. (August 15)

Wild Child: Emma Roberts (Nancy Drew) as a spoiled Malibu teen (is there any other kind?) who's sent to a strict English boarding school. (August 22)


The Go-Getter: A 19-year-old (Lou Taylor Pucci) encounters Zooey Deschanel and Jena Malone after stealing a car to head across country to find his long lost brother. (June 6)

« Previous Page
Next Page »
My Voice Nation Help