Jia Zhangke's Still Life is surprisingly-good, partly because it's far better than his tremendously-overrated Platform. It has beautiful camerawork and the story is handled with great skill, allowing one to get lost in it, as if experiencing the pain of both poverty and lost parental love with the characters. It's also blessed with a beloved leading lady.

On a much lighter note is Monsters vs. Aliens which starts off like sub-standard fare until the US president shows up, the prison warder, and a whole bunch of other characters, adding serious comic punch. It's however way too quirky, like no one involved wanted any awards.