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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.

Babel ( Blu-ray ) (2006)

7.5/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mohamed Akhzam, Peter Wight, Harriet Walter, Trevor M...

The director of '21 Grams' has loosley weaved together four stories from three conitinents in this powerful drama about cultural barriers. Brad Pitt a... Read more

Babel (2006)

7.5/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Mohamed Akhzam, Peter Wight, Harriet Walter, Trevor M...

The director of '21 Grams' has loosley weaved together four stories from three conitinents in this powerful drama about cultural barriers. Brad Pitt... Read more

A History of Violence ( Blu-ray ) (2005)

7.5/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Ed Harris, Maria Bello, Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, Stephen McHattie, Ashton...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... Read more

A History of Violence (2005)

7.5/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Ashton Holmes, Stephen Mc...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... Read more

The Brown Bunny (2003)

5/10
Director: Vincent Gallo
Starring: Chloe Sevigny, Vincent Gallo, Cheryl Tiegs

Vincent Gallo wrote, directed, shot, edited and starred in his second directorial effort. A haunting abstract road movie about a man in a van travell... Read more

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

7.2/10
Director: Guy Maddin
Starring: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox

Director Guy Maddin's works are like a window to an alternate film universe - this unforgettable feverish whirligig of a movie is the closest the cul... Read more

Holes (2003)

7/10
Director: Andrew Davis
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, Shia LaBeouf

Delightful screen adaptation of Louis Sachar's immensely popular novel stars Shia LaBeouf as Stanley Yelnats, a young boy wrongly accused of theft who... Read more

The Wire: Season 1 (2002)

9.3/10
Director: Agnieszka Holland, Daniel Attias, Ernest Dickerson, Peter Medak, Brad Anderson, Tim Van Patten
Starring: Dominic West, Idris Elba, Wood Harris

From Emmy-winning David Simon, this unvarnished, highly realistic HBO series follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore. To... Read more

Six Feet Under: Season 1 (2001)

8.7/10
Starring: Peter Krause, Michael C Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez,...

From Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning writer of "American Beauty", comes a series that digs where others fear to tred. When a bus kills Nathaniel Fisher,... Read more

Aberdeen (2000)

7.1/10
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Lena Headey, Jean Anderson, Charlotte Rampling

A mom dying in Aberdeen, Scotland, asks her coke snorting, nympho, London lawyer daughter to get her estranged, alcoholic dad in Oslo, Norway, to Aber... Read more