Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2008

The 10 Most Redeeming Films of 2008
What do irresistible robots, racist curmudgeons, and sensitive pachyderms have in common? They're all key characters in the year's best redemptive movies.
posted 01/27/09

So, what's a "redeeming" film? The definition varies, but for our list below, we mean movies that include stories of redemption—sometimes blatantly, sometimes less so. Several of them literally have a character that represents a redeemer; all of them have characters who experience redemption to some degree—some quite clearly, some more subtly. Some are "feel-good" movies that leave a smile on your face; some are a bit more uncomfortable to watch. But the redemptive element is there in all of these films.

1. Wall•E
directed by Andrew Stanton

2. The Visitor
directed by Tom McCarthy

3. Gran Torino
directed by Clint Eastwood

4. Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
directed by Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino

5. Rachel Getting Married
directed by Jonathan Demme

6. Fireproof
directed by Alex Kendrick

7. The Dark Knight
directed by Christopher Nolan

8. Shotgun Stories
directed by Jeff Nichols

9. Slumdog Millionaire
directed by Danny Boyle

10. Man on Wire
directed by James Marsh

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