Roger Ebert picks the 20 best movies of 2008
Posted Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2:56 PM Central
by Tim Briscoe
It's December so we're starting to get deluged with year-end Best of 2008 lists. Film critic extraordinaire Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times joins the party with his 20 best films of this year.
As Mr. Ebert writes on his site, he's picked twice the usual amount of movies for a year's best list. He also hasn't ranked them. Instead, choosing to list them alphabetically -- a move equal parts noble and bothersome.
Here are his selections for 2008. We've also included the DVD status of each -- an ETA of the movie's DVD release, if you will.
- Ballast (Estimated on DVD for March 2009)
- The Band's Visit (Now on DVD and Blu-ray)
- Che, Part I and II (In theaters this Friday. Probably on DVD in May)
- Chop Shop (Now on DVD)
- The Dark Knight (On DVD/Blu-ray tomorrow, Dec. 9)
- Doubt (In theaters this week with a DVD release expected for May)
- The Fall (Now on DVD/Blu-ray. See our review.)
- Frost/Nixon (Just opened in theaters. Probably on DVD in April.)
- Frozen River (On DVD Feb. 10)
- Happy-Go-Lucky (Should be a March DVD release)
- Iron Man (Now on DVD/Blu-ray)
- Milk (Another April DVD, most likely)
- Rachel Getting Married (Anticipated for March)
- The Reader (In theaters this Friday; on DVD next April or May)
- Revolutionary Road (Opens theatrically next weekend; probably on DVD in May)
- Shotgun Stories (Now available on DVD)
- Slumdog Millionaire (Should be a March DVD)
- Synecdoche, New York (Expected in February)
- W. (Just announced for DVD/Blu-ray on Feb. 10)
- WALL-E (Now on DVD and glorious Blu-ray)
In addition, Ebert picks five documentaries for the year. Again, with our ETA.
- Encounters at the End of the World (Now on DVD and Blu-ray)
- I.O.U.S.A. (Anticipated in February)
- Man on Wire (On DVD tomorrow, Dec. 9)
- Standard Operating Procedure (Now on DVD/Blu-ray)
- Trouble the Water (Should be a Feb. DVD)
What about you? How many of these fine films have you seen this year? What would you pick as your best of 2008? Let us know.