Actually there is another (maybe better solution) where you can use the angular's native 'filter' filter and still pass arguments to your custom filter.

Consider the following code:

<div ng-repeat="group in groups">
    <li ng-repeat="friend in friends | filter:weDontLike(">

To make this work you just define your filter as the following:

$scope.weDontLike = function(name) {
    return function(friend) {
        return != name;

As you can see here, weDontLike actually returns another function which has your parameter in its scope as well as the original item coming from the filter.

It took me 2 days to realise you can do this, haven't seen this solution anywhere yet.

Checkout Reverse polarity of an angular.js filter to see how you can use this for other useful operations with filter.