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Art House Cinema

Art House films are critically-acclaimed movies that don't necessarily cause a stampede at the box-office. These so-called 'minor' works are generally seen only at Film Festivals or a few selective theatres, but they stay in the mind, for better or worse. Below is a list of films in Alice's Collection that for one unexplained reason or another, generally didn't quite get the exposure they may have deserved when originally released. Enjoy finding many of cinema's 'gems' in this section. Right: Peter Greenaway's 'The Baby Of Macon'.

Ae Fond Kiss ( aka Just A Kiss ) (2004)

7.2/10
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Eva Birthistle, Atta Taqub, Shamshad Akhtar, Ghizala Avan

Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty team again ('Sweet Sixteen', 'Carla's Song', 'My Name Is Joe') for this romantic drama set in Glasgow, Scotland wher... Read more

Agnes of God (1985)

6.6/10
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Meg Tilly, Anne Pitoniak

The childlike novice of an extremely sheltered convent is discovered one night with the bloodied body of a baby she claims not to recognise. Psychiatr... Read more

All or Nothing (2002)

7.6/10
Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Lesley Manville, Alison Garland, James Corden, Ruth Sheen, Marion...

Three-time Oscar-nominated writer/director Mike Leigh ("Secrets and Lies") delivers this "rewarding... vibrant... poetic slice-of-life drama" (Variety... Read more

American Buffalo (1995)

5.7/10
Director: Michael Corrente
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson

David Mamet's profane, provocative three-character play. Dustin Hoffman plays a self-ennobled world expert who horns in on the plans of his friend, a... Read more

And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen (2002)

6.2/10
Director: Claude Lelouch
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Patricia Kaas, Thierry Lhermitte, Alessandra Martines, Claudia Car...

Intriguing, beautifully photographed tale from Claude Lelouch ('A Man and A Woman') has Jeremy Irons as the prime suspect in a burglary when a cache o... Read more

Anna Karenina (2012)

6.6/10
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Emily Watson, Jude Law, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Keira Knightley, Matth...

Directed by Joe Wright ("Pride & Prejudice", "Atonement") from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard ("Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead"), this bold adaptat... Read more

Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)

6.9/10
Director: Dover Kosashvili
Starring: Jeremy Swift, Fiona Glascott, Tobias Menzies, Niall Buggy, Andrew Scott, Michell...

The passion between aristocrat Laevsky (Andrew Scott) and Nadia (Fiona Glascott), his married lover, cools shortly after the two retreat to an idyllic... Read more

Apocalypto (2006)

7.8/10
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead

Mel Gibson's Mayan epic was overshadowed by the director's personal antics, but this hugely-scaled mythological tale is a vivid and ferocious window o... Read more

Apocalypto ( Blu-ray ) (2006)

7.8/10
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead

Mel Gibson's Mayan epic was overshadowed by the director's personal antics, but this hugely-scaled mythological tale is a vivid and ferocious window o... Read more

Ararat (2002)

6.6/10
Director: Atom Egoyan
Starring: David Alpay, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, Brent Carver, Marie-Josee Croze, B...

From director Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter") comes a provocative examination of the consequences of truth and denial. While working on a film abo... Read more