Gabriel Film Group
With: John-Luke Montias, Susan Mitchell, Vincent Vega
The idea: Small-time drug dealer overreaches, plunging into a dark journey of redemption.
* So? True grime.
With: Chiara Mastroianni, Angela Molina, Lucia Sanchez, Lio, Clovis Cornillac, Jacques Gamblin
The idea: Interrelated stories involving the recipients of various parts of a mighty bovine slain at the conclusion of a bullfight.
Writer-director: Delphine Gleize
* So? An acquired taste.
Back in Action
With: Brendan Fraser, Jenna Elfman, Steve Martin
The idea: Backlot high jinks involving Bugs, Daffy, etc.
Writer: Larry Doyle
Director: Joe Dante
* So? High hopes vs. low expectations.
The idea: Journey of redemption for two girls convicted of violent crimes at very young ages.
Director: Liz Garbus
* So? Illuminating.
The Gospel of John
With: Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash, Richard Lintern, Stephen Russell, Scott Handy, Stuart Bunce, Lynsey Baxter, narrated by Christopher Plummer
The idea: Jesus as fearsome political troublemaker, adapted rather literally from the fourth Gospel.
Writer: John Goldsmith
Director: Philip Saville
* So? An affecting movie about Jesus that hasn't made headlines.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
With: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd
The idea: The Royal Navy's greatest fighting captain balances duty and friendship as he pursues an enemy on the high seas during the Napoleonic wars.
Writers: Peter Weir & John Collee, based on the novels by Patrick O'Brian
* So? Commanding performances, epic sweep.
With: Tupac Shakur
The idea: The life of the enigmatic rapper told in his own words, with family photographs and home movie clips.
Director: Lauren Lazin
* So? Touching.
The Barbarian Invasions
With: Remy Girard, Stephane Rousseau, Dorothee Berryman, Louise Portal, Dominique Michel, Yves Jacques, Pierre Curzi, Marie-Josee Croze, Marina Hands
The idea: Relationships of "The Decline of the American Empire" are revisited 17 years later as a dying man faces his family and others.
Writer-director: Denys Arcand
* So? Irreverent, poignant.
The Big Empty
With: Jon Favreau, Joey Lauren Adams, Bud Cort, Daryl Hannah, Adam Beach, Gary Farmer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Brent Briscoe, Melora Walters, Kelsey Grammer, Sean Bean
The idea: Aspiring actor who never gets any callbacks is recruited as a courier for a mysterious blue suitcase that may hold a key to an extraterrestrial portal in the California desert.
Writer-director: Steve Anderson
* So? Space oddity.
With: Lisa Lu, Vivian Wu, Joe Lando
The idea: Sightless Asian American widow living with her son and his wife is confronted by a man who claims her husband was a killer.
Writers: Anna Chi, Jared Rappaport
* So? Secrets confronted.
Dr. Seuss' the Cat
in the Hat
With: Mike Myers, Kelly Preston, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning, Spenser Breslin, Amy Hill, Sean Hayes
The idea: Stripe-hatted feline turns upside-down the world of two lonely children.
Writers: Alec Berg & David Mandel & Jeff Shaffer, based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Director: Bo Welch
* So? Trick or treat.
9 Dead Gay Guys
With: Glen Mulhern, Brendan Mackey, Simon Godley, Steven Berkoff, Raymond Griffiths, Fish, Karen Sharman
The idea: Supposedly straight Dublin pals become working boys in London whose clients begin turning up dead.
Writer-director: Ky Mo Lab
* So? Amusingly bad taste.
The Revolution Will
Not Be Televised
With: Hugo Chavez, Pedro Carmona, Jesse Helms, Colin Powell
The idea: Filmmakers get caught up in bloody coup in Venezuela, reveal the folly of relying on TV news.
Directors: Kim Bartley, Donnachia O'Brian
* So? Politically revealing.
With: Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton
The idea: Psychiatrist wakes up incarcerated as a murder suspect in the prison where she works.
Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
* So? Women behind bars.
With: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Benicio Del Toro
The idea: Lives of three unrelated individuals are changed by tragedy.
Writer: Guillermo Arriaga
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
* So? Innaritu's last film was "Amores Perros."