Year of the Dog: I think I'm supposed to find this woman -- whose only affection in life surrounds animals -- sympathetic. But also eminently mock-able. And I don't much care for that duality.
Padre Nuestro -- In the upper 50th percentile of the Dramatic Competition films I've seen thus far, yet I couldn't really recommend it strongly to anyone. It's been that kind of year.
Angel-A: Luc Besson does Wings of Desire, with a six-foot blonde hottie helping a loser find his sense of self-worth. Black-and-white for no real good reason, but it's a clever and well-executed version of a somewhat conventional story. Look for the American remake within two years. (Scott Renshaw)