This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but top tens never tell the whole story. The consensus of the cinephilic community (A Christmas Tale! Wendy and Lucy! Wall-E!) eventually can grow as tired as the groupthink of the mainstream Oscar-focused tastemakers (Slumdog! Frost/Nixon! The Reader! . . . The Reader?!), so while we were proud to unveil our cumulative top ten, voted on by our staff writers and frequent contributors, we also wanted to make sure our other favorites didn’t go unnoticed. So, please don’t forget about these films, which deserve placement on any sort of list, should it need to be made at all. Featuring Mary, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Boarding Gate, Chop Shop, and much more.
Reviews by Andrew Chan, Matt Connolly, Michael Koresky, Nicolas Rapold, Jeff Reichert, Michael Joshua Rowin, Sarah Silver, Elbert Ventura, and Chris Wisniewski. Click here to read about some of the best films of 2008 that didn’t make our cumulative top ten.