This movie was not screened for critics, 2008.

Two years ago, I posted an item on Ultraviolet and several other movies which had not been screened for critics in the first two months of 2006; and then, as the year progressed and the ranks of such movies swelled, I posted updates to that original post.

I then kept a similar list for 2007 — and now that 2008 is upon us, it is time to start a list for this year, too. Already, and as I noted here three weeks ago, there is one film opening this week without any advance screenings — except for a late-night invitational screening mere hours before the movie opens to the public, which for the purposes of these lists “doesn’t count”. (It is a preview of sorts, but it’s still too late for newspaper deadlines, etc.)

There will be more such films in the year ahead, I’m sure; I’ll post updates as they come, and link to those updates from here.

January 4: One Missed Call.
January 11: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.
January 25: Rambo, Meet the Spartans.
February 1: The Eye, Strange Wilderness, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.
February 22: Witless Protection.
March 14: Doomsday.
March 21: Shutter, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns.
March 28: Superhero Movie.
April 4: The Ruins.
April 11: Prom Night.
June 13: The Happening.
August 15: Mirrors.
August 29: Babylon A.D., College, Disaster Movie.
September 5: Bangkok Dangerous.
September 12: Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys.
September 19: My Best Friend’s Girl.
September 26: Fireproof.
October 3: An American Carol.
October 10: Quarantine.
October 24: Saw V.
October 31: The Haunting of Molly Hartley.
December 12: Delgo.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Nathan

    I recently posted my top ten movie list for 2007. Just wondering what you thought of it?


  • Joel Mayward

    Is it a coincidence that most of these are some of the worst films of the year thus far? The Happening is not out yet as of this comment, but the other films…wow.