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The films listed below are Alice's Latest Staff Picks, finding their way into this category generally as a result of agreement between staff that they have real merit for one reason or another. Most titles represent a safe choice for those that find choosing a film difficult or are bewildered by Alice's depth and breadth... For personal Staff Picks, you are cordially invited to take a journey into the mind's eye of Alice's movie mavens by clicking on the 'Staff Favourites' link (stage left). Click on the Alice Guide of your choice, and take an ushered journey through the looking glass and into their personal cinematic wonderland.

Herbs - Songs of Freedom (2019)

7.5/10
Director: Tearepa Kahi

Five men from different islands throughout the South Pacific join forces in 1978 and find the words and the music within each other to give New Zealan... Read more

Apollo 11 (2019)

8.3/10
Director: Todd Douglas Miller

Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz A... Read more

Apollo 11 (Blu-Ray) (2019)

8.3/10
Director: Todd Douglas Miller

Never-before-seen footage and audio recordings take you straight into the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz A... Read more

The Farewell (2019)

8/10
Director: Lulu Wang
Starring: Awkwafina Nora Lum, Tzi Ma

Billi's family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch -- the only person that doesn't... Read more

Vai (2019)

5.8/10
Director: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Miria George, Ofa Guttenbeil, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy

A portmanteau feature film by 9 female Pacific filmmakers and filmed on seven Pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture... Read more

The House That Jack Built (2018)

6.8/10
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a... Read more

The House That Jack Built (Blu-ray) (2018)

6.8/10
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a... Read more

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

6.8/10
Director: Sara Colangelo
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosa Salazar, Gael Garcia Bernal

A teacher sees such great promise in her 5-year-old student that she goes to unreasonable lengths to protect his talent. Read more

Celia (2018)

8.2/10
Director: Amanda Millar

Amanda Millar’s moving documentary celebrates the enduring legacy of Celia Lashlie, a passionate advocate for social interventions that equipped those... Read more

Border (2018)

7.1/10
Director: Ali Abbasi
Starring: Sten Ljunggren, Rakel Warmlander

Customs officer Tina is known for her extraordinary sense of smell. It's almost as if she can sniff out the guilt on anyone hiding something. But when... Read more