2008 Biography Movies

The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

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)...

W. (2008)

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.

Bronson (2008)

Bronson

  • 78%
  • R
  • 92 min
  • Action

In 1974, a hot headed 19-year-old named Michael Peterson (Tom Hardy, in a blazing, transformative performance) decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawed-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. After making off with only £26.18, he was swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to seven years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time,...

The Duchess (2008)

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...

Ip Man (2008)

Ip Man

  • 84%
  • R
  • 106 min
  • Action

The trio behind the cult hit Kill Zone -- director Wilson Yip, star Donnie Yen, and action choreographer Sammo Hung -- reteam for the award-winning action hit IP MAN. Yen (Hero, Seven Swords), currently Hong Kong’s biggest action star and gaining international recognition as the most diverse martial artist in the world, stars with Simon Yam (Bodyguards and Assassins, Tomb Raider) and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (Tajomaru, Space Battleship) in the biopic based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the...

Milk (2008)

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...

Hunger (2008)

Hunger

  • 90%
  • NONE
  • 96 min
  • Biography

A drama documenting the last six weeks in the life of Irish Republican Army (IRA) member Bobby Sands (Fassbender) who led the 1981 hunger strike to protest the treatment of his fellow prisoners.

Che (Part 1) (2008)

Che (Part 1)

    • R
    • 129 min
    • Biography

    Steven Soderbergh's two film project (entitled "The Argentine" & "Guerrilla") about Latin American revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. "The Argentine," begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

    Cadillac Records (2008)

    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.

    The Edge of Love (2008)

    The Edge of Love

    • 35%
    • R
    • 111 min
    • Biography

    A beautifully-drawn love story, the film revolves around two feisty, free-spirited women, Caitlin Thomas (Miller) and Vera Killick (Knightley); Vera's husband, William Killick (Murphy); and the brilliant, charismatic poet Dylan Thomas (Rhys) who loves both women. Broken promises, passion, betrayal, the shadow of war and the constant threat of imminent death push the protagonists to "The Edge of Love." The story explores the bohemian underworld of war-torn London and the intimate complexities of...

    The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)

    The Baader Meinhof Complex

      • R
      • 150 min
      • Action

      Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the yet fragile German democracy. The radicalised children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but...

      Waltz with Bashir (2008)

      Waltz with Bashir

      • 96%
      • R
      • 87 min
      • Documentary

      One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover...

      Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (Part 2) (2008)

      Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (Part 2)

        • R
        • 113 min
        • Action

        "Public Enemy Number One (Part 1)" charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as Public Enemy Number 1 both in Canada and France and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes. Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit....

        A Matador's Mistress (2008)

        A Matador's Mistress

          • 92 min
          • Biography

          In the 1940s, Manuel Rodrguez Snchez (Adrien Brody), known to the world as Manolete, owned the Spanish bullring. This searing biopic follows his notorious affair with movie siren Lupe Sino (Penlope Cruz) at the height of his fame, and his death in the ring at age 30. Juan Echanove, Ann Mitchell and Rubn Ochandiano co-star in award-winning screenwriter Menno Meyjes's directorial debut.

          Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (2008)

          Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela

            • R
            • 80 min
            • Biography

            Raquela is a transsexual - or "ladyboy" - from the Philippines who dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life in Paris. In order to make her dreams come true, she turns from prostitution toward the more lucrative business of Internet porn. Her success as a porn star brings new friends, including Valerie, a ladyboy in Iceland, and Michael, the owner of the website Raquela works for. Valerie helps Raquela get as far as Iceland. From there, Michael offers her a rendezvous in...

            Anvil! the Story of Anvil (2008)

            Anvil! the Story of Anvil

            • 98%
            • NONE
            • 90 min
            • Documentary

            At fourteen years old, best friends Lips and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal," influenced a musical generation including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. Though Anvil never made it, they never stopped playing or believing. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now well into their fifties, set off to record their thirteenth album, "This is Thirteen," in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dream.

            Bathory (2008)

            Bathory

              • R
              • 138 min
              • Biography

              Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to mens aspirations for power and wealth.

              Billy: The Early Years (2008)

              Billy: The Early Years

                • PG
                • 87 min
                • Biography

                Most of us know Billy Graham as the self-assured and charismatic preacher who became one of the most important figures of 20th Century Christianity. Now, with the release of "Billy: The Early Years", we meet Billy as the earnest and promising young man at the crossroads of faith and doubt, ultimately facing the moment of decision that launched one of history’s most powerful evangelistic careers.

                Most compellingly, the film paints its portrait of Graham against the backdrop of his...

                Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

                Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

                  • 86 min
                  • Documentary

                  This documentary from director Stefan Forbes examines the political and personal life of the late Lee Atwater, notorious for his no-holds-barred strategies that powered the campaign of George H.W. Bush. Forbes analyzes Atwater's pivotal role in the rise of the Republican Party in the 1980s, and also documents a decidedly less partisan side of the strategist, including his passion for playing the blues.

                  Carnera: The Walking Mountain (2008)

                  Carnera: The Walking Mountain

                    • R
                    • 125 min
                    • Biography

                    In 1933, Primo Carnera became the first and only Italian to win the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship. This is his story.