2008 Biography Movies

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

  • 42%
  • PG-13
  • 115 min
  • Biography

Based on a novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" revolves around the ferociously ambitious Boleyn sisters, Mary (Johansson) and Anne (Portman), who are rivals for the bed and heart of 16th century English King Henry VIII (Eric Bana).

A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history, "The Other Boleyn Girl" tells the story of two beautiful sisters, Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson) Boleyn who, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the handsome and passionate King Henry VIII (Eric Bana). While both women eventually share the king's bed, only one will ascend to the throne for a brief and turbulent reign that ends tragically with a swing of the executioner's sword.

Milk

Milk

  • 94%
  • R
  • 127 min
  • Biography

Harvey Milk (1930-1978) was an activist and politician, and the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in America; in 1977, he was voted to the city supervisors' board of San Francisco. The following year, both he and the city's mayor George Moscone were shot to death by another city supervisor, Dan White. Mr. Milk was previously the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary feature "The Times of Harvey Milk" (1984), directed by Rob Epstein and produced by Richard Schmiechen. "Milk" will be the first non-documentary feature to explore the man's life and career.

W.

W.

  • 59%
  • PG-13
  • 110 min
  • Biography

"W" takes viewers through Bush's eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

The Duchess

The Duchess

  • 61%
  • PG-13
  • 105 min
  • Biography

The scandalous rise and fall of the Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire. Like Princess Diana, her direct descendent, she was beautiful, glamorous and adored by the public.

Keira Knightley will play the 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire. An ancestor of Princess Di, she lived an extravagant, profligate and promiscuous life of political and romantic intrigue, becoming an important powerbroker amid Britain's ruling elite but also running up catastrophic gambling debts. She was alternately feted and reviled, and widely caricatured by the popular press.

An American Crime

An American Crime

    • R
    • 92 min
    • Biography

    "This," said Prosecutor Leroy New, "has been the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana." It was the first crime of child abuse that broke through reticence and denial to register with the public. In Tommy O'Haver's film, "An American Crime," Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener portrays Gertrude Baniszewski, the seemingly ordinary housewife who imprisons and tortures a beautiful teenager, played by Gemini Award winner Ellen Page, in the basement of her house - two portrayals that will resonate with audiences long after they leave the theatre. "An American Crime," which also stars James Franco and Bradley Whitford, was produced by First Look Studios and Killer Films/John Wells.

    Mongol

    Mongol

    • 86%
    • R
    • 120 min
    • Biography

    The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206.

    Cadillac Records

    Cadillac Records

    • 68%
    • R
    • 108 min
    • Biography

    The period piece follows the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of such R&B greats as Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Chess, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.

    Flash of Genius

    Flash of Genius

    • 59%
    • PG-13
    • 119 min
    • Biography

    Kinnear plays Robert Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, who spent most of his life battling the Detroit automakers he charged with stealing his invention. Graham, plays Phyllis Kearns, who watches her husband's obsession with legal retribution suffocate their marriage and put a strain on their children.

    Jodhaa Akbar

    Jodhaa Akbar

    • 78%
    • NONE
    • 160 min
    • Action

    A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.

    Rise of the Footsoldier

    Rise of the Footsoldier

    • 14%
    • R
    • 119 min
    • Biography

    Rise of the Footsoldier follows the inexorable rise of Carlton Leach from one of the most feared generals of the football terraces to becoming a member of a notorious gang of criminals who rampaged their way through London and Essex in the late eighties and early nineties.