Best Family Movies of 2008

1.

WALL·E

7.0
8.4/10

WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives with a sleek new type of robot, WALL·E thinks he's finally found a friend and stows away on the ship when it leaves.

Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, MacInTalk
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Release date: 2008-06-22
2.

Marley & Me

6.0
7.1/10

A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of marriage, maturity and confronting one's own mortality, as seen through the lens of family life with a dog.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin
Directed by: David Frankel
Release date: 2008-12-25
3.

Presto

5.8
8.4/10

Dignity. Poise. Mystery. We expect nothing less from the great turn-of-the-century magician, Presto. But when Presto neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times, the magician finds he isn't the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve!

Starring: Doug Sweetland
Directed by: Doug Sweetland
Release date: 2008-06-18
4.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

5.7
6.7/10

Alex, Marty, and other zoo animals find a way to escape from Madagascar when the penguins reassemble a wrecked airplane. The precariously repaired craft stays airborne just long enough to make it to the African continent. There the New Yorkers encounter members of their own species for the first time. Africa proves to be a wild place, but Alex and company wonder if it is better than their Central Park home.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Release date: 2008-10-30
5.

Bolt

5.6
6.8/10

Bolt is the star of the biggest show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks it's real. After he's accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penny, his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt must harness all his "super powers" to find a way home.

Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell
Directed by: Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Release date: 2008-01-29
6.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

5.4
6.6/10

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Sarah Bolger, Andrew McCarthy
Directed by: Mark Waters
Release date: 2008-02-14
7.

A Matter of Loaf and Death

5.3
7.6/10

Wallace and Gromit have a brand new business - a bakery. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have 'disappeared' this year - but Wallace isn't worried. He's too distracted and in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast, Piella Bakewell, to be of much help. Gromit must be the sleuth and solve the escalating murder mystery.

Starring: Peter Sallis, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier, Sarah Laborde, Geraldine McEwan
Directed by: Nick Park
Release date: 2008-12-03
8.

Inkheart

5.1
6.1/10

The adventures of a father and his young daughter, in their search for a long lost book that will help reunite a missing, close relative.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sienna Guillory, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany
Directed by: Iain Softley
Release date: 2008-12-11
9.

Bedtime Stories

5.1
6.1/10

Skeeter Bronson is a down-on-his-luck guy who's always telling bedtime stories to his niece and nephew. But his life is turned upside down when the fantastical stories he makes up for entertainment inexplicably turn into reality. Can a bewildered Skeeter manage his own unruly fantasies now that the outrageous characters and situations from his mind have morphed into actual people and events?

Starring: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Courteney Cox, Lucy Lawless
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release date: 2008-12-24
10.

Justice League: The New Frontier

5.0
7.0/10

The human race is threatened by a powerful creature, and only the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash can stop it. But can they overcome their differences to thwart this enemy using the combined strength of their newly formed Justice League?

Starring: David Boreanaz, Neil Patrick Harris, Brooke Shields, Jeremy Sisto, Kyle MacLachlan
Directed by: Dave Bullock
Release date: 2008-02-26
11.

City of Ember

4.8
6.5/10

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers, in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, before the the lights go out forever.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, David Ryall, Harry Treadaway, Mary Kay Place, Tim Robbins
Directed by: Gil Kenan
Release date: 2008-10-07
12.

BURN·E

4.8
7.7/10

What lengths will a robot undergo to do his job? BURN·E is a dedicated hard working robot who finds himself locked out of his ship. BURN·E quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a very difficult endeavor.

Starring: Angus MacLane, Tessa Swigart, Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin, Elissa Knight
Directed by: Angus MacLane
Release date: 2008-11-17
13.

Camp Rock

4.7
5.2/10

When Mitchie gets a chance to attend Camp Rock, her life takes an unpredictable twist, and she learns just how important it is to be true to yourself.

Starring: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Jette Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera, Daniel Fathers
Directed by: Matthew Diamond
Release date: 2008-06-20
14.

Dragon Hunters

4.7
6.6/10

Dragon Hunters is a fantastic tale telling the adventures of two dragon hunters: the world has become a vast conglomerate of islands of varying size and shape. This babbling universe is mainly peopled with ruthless rogues, surly peasants and illiterate, petty lords Their main concerns revolve around two fundamental rules : Eat and don't get eaten.

Starring: Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit, Philippe Nahon, Amanda Lear, Marie Drion
Directed by: Guillaume Ivernel, Arthur Qwak
Release date: 2008-03-19
15.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

4.6
6.3/10

Georgia Nicolson is fourteen, lives with nosey parents who don't understand her, an annoying three year old sister and has to wear a beret to school. She would, however, rather be blonde, have a smaller nose and a boyfriend. Revolving around her hilarious journal entries, prepare to be engulfed in the world of the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager.

Starring: Georgia Groome, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tommy Bastow, Alan Davies
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Release date: 2008-07-25
16.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

4.5
6.2/10

Four young women continue the journey toward adulthood that began with "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." Now three years later, these lifelong friends embark on separate paths for their first year of college and the summer beyond, but remain in touch by sharing their experiences with each other.

Starring: Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Rachel Nichols
Directed by: Sanaa Hamri
Release date: 2008-08-06
17.

The Tale of Despereaux

4.5
6.1/10

Once upon a time... in the far away kingdom of Dor... lived a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on an amazing adventure with his good-hearted rat friend Roscuro, who leads him, at long last, on a very noble quest to rescue an endangered princess and save an entire kingdom from darkness.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline
Directed by: Robert Stevenhagen, Sam Fell
Release date: 2008-12-19
18.

Speed Racer

4.4
6.0/10

Speed Racer is the tale of a young and brilliant racing driver. When corruption in the racing leagues costs his brother his life, he must team up with the police and the mysterious Racer X to bring an end to the corruption and criminal activities. Inspired by the cartoon series.

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman
Directed by: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Release date: 2008-05-07
19.

Nim's Island

4.3
6.0/10

A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

Starring: Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Michael Carman, Mark Brady
Directed by: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Release date: 2008-04-03
20.

Igor

4.3
6.0/10

A cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant aspires to become a scientist himself, much to the displeasure of the rest of the evil science community.

Starring: John Cusack, Myleene Klass, Robin Walsh, Matt McKenna, John Cleese
Directed by: Tony Leondis
Release date: 2008-09-19

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