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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'.

Aria (1987)

5.8/10
Director: Bruce Beresford, Charles Sturridge, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Jean-Luc Godard, Julien Temple, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg, Robert Altman, Bill Bryden
Starring: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Buck Henry, Beverly D'Angelo, Anita Morris, Bridget...

Ten different directors select a different aria and have free rein to do anything that they want. The world of opera meets the medium of film with a w... Read more

Arizona Dream (1992)

7.4/10
Director: Emir Kusturica
Starring: Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Jerry Lewis, Lili Taylor

Celebrated Yugoslavian Director, Emir Kusturica ('Underground') comes to America to paint this lavish picture about a young dreamer (Johnny Depp) who'... Read more

Art School Confidential (2006)

6.3/10
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Anjelica Huston, Matt Keeslar, John Malkovich, Max Minghella, Sop...

Terry Zwigoff reunites with comics writer Daniel Clowes ('Ghost World') for this punishing satire of the Art School universe where Jerome (Max Minghel... Read more

As I Lay Dying (2013)

5.4/10
Director: James Franco
Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Danny McBride, Beth Grant, Jim Parrack, Logan Ma...

Taking the reins as writer/director/co-star, James Franco brings William Faulkner's acclaimed, multi-layered novel to life in this emotional drama. Wh... Read more

Ashik Kerib (1988)

7.5/10
Director: Sergei Paradjanov
Starring: Yuri Migoyan, Sofiko Chiaureli

Based on a story by Russian author Mikhail Lermontov, Ashik Kerib has the texture of an ancient, oft-told tale. Yuri Mgoyan stars as a wandering troub... Read more

Atanarjuat - The Fast Runner (2001)

7.5/10
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Starring: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu

The first feature film made by the indigenous Inuit people of Northern Canada, this starkly beautiful drama takes place in a remote Inuit community sa... Read more

Atlantic City (1980)

7.4/10
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kate Reid, Susan Sarandon, Michel Piccoli, Robert Joy

Burt Lancaster delivers a stunning performance as the seemingly washed-up gangster, with Susan Sarandon as his lost-soul companion. A moving portrait... Read more

Avant-Garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and 30s (2005)

5.7/10

Culled from the collection of noted movie archivist Raymond Rohauer, this two-disc set features more than 20 artistically diverse experimental short f... Read more

Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession (1980)

7.1/10
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell, Harvey Keitel

Amid the decaying elegance of cold-war Vienna, psychoanalyst Dr. Alex Linden (Art Garfunkel) becomes mired in an erotically charged affair with the el... Read more

Badlands (1973)

7.9/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Alan Vint

Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek star in this tale of two outcasts on a murder-spree in a film that is one of the most stunning directorial debuts in the... Read more