Best 2008 Holiday Movies

Tuesday, March 8 by Jackie Barlow

The best 2008 holiday movies are representative of different genres and include major actors and actresses. Each movie is totally unique in its content and the type of fans who will flock to see it.  Holidays are a very popular time for going to the movies, and many blockbusters are specifically geared to being released at that time.

  1. "Australia" not only gives beautiful views of northern Australia but also is a history lesson. Set before World War II, an Englishwoman (Nicole Kidman) inherits a large ranch and reluctantly hires a stock-man (Hugh Jackman) to not only help protect her property but also to go with her to take 2,000 head of cattle to market. They end up in the middle of the Japanese bombing of Darwin.
  2. "Valkyrie," starring Tom Cruise as a rebellious Nazi rebel, is a totally different look at World War II. This film tells of the actual plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler during the war.
  3. "Gran Torino" is yet another war movie, but it is after the Korean WarClint Eastwood portrays a racist veteran whose two prize possessions are his Gran Torino and his M1 rifle. Both come into play when his Hmong teenage neighbor tries to steal the Gran Torino and then has to return to him to do an act of penance.
  4. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" stars Brad Pitt as a man who ages backwards. It is intriguing to see the consequences that action brings. Cate Blanchett also stars as his wife who ages normally, and that makes for most unusual circumstances. 
  5. "Revolutionary Road" is the story of a typical suburban couple  (Leo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet) who really want to retain their independence from conformity in Connecticut in the 1950s. Her plan to go to Paris clashes with his desire to retain what they have already materialized.
  6. "Doubt" finds Meryl Streep in the role of a Catholic school principal, Amy Adams as an innocent Sister, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a priest in a controversy over possible pedophilia concerning the school's first black student. See how it plays out when a crusade is mounted to expunge the priest as a child molester. 
  7. "Slumdog Millionaire" is about a slum orphan on India's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He and his brother have had a hard life on the streets, and authorities cannot believe that he can have the knowledge to win this huge prize without cheating. 
  8. "Cadillac Records," a musical drama, tells the true story of a Chicago record label. The label handled such top stars as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Etta James, and many more legendary blues artists. 
  9. "Milk" stars Academy Award winner Sean Penn in its title role of Harvey Milk, an ill-fated openly gay activist and politician. The movie also stars James Franco as his lover and Josh Brolin as another newly elected district supervisor when Milk is elected to that post. 
  10. "Frost/Nixon" is for political buffs who like a true story. David Frost thoroughly questions Richard Nixon in Nixon's only on-air interview after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations as to what should be featured and asked. 
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