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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.

Noi the Albino (2003)

7.4/10
Director: Dagur Kari
Starring: Tomas Lemarquis, Throstur Leo Gunnarsson

Aka "Noi Albinoi", "Noi". Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? Seventeen-year-old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north o... Read more

The Dreamers (2003)

7.2/10
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Robin Renucci, Anna Chancellor

Aka "Les Innocents". Director Bernardo Bertolucci's provocative, sensual drama centers on American exchange student Matthew (Michael Pitt) who befrien... Read more

Dogville (2003)

8/10
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Harriet Andersson, Lauren Bacall, Jean-Marc Barr, Paul Bettany, B...

From director Lars von Trier ("Dancer in the Dark") comes this riveting drama focusing on mysterious fugitive Nicole Kidman as she hides from gangster... Read more

Bad Boys 2 (2003)

Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Molla, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, There...

Hang on for maximum mayhem, full-on fun and the wildest chase scenes ever put on film! The action and comedy never stop when superstars Martin Lawrenc... Read more

Waking Life (2001)

7.8/10
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Wiley Wiggins, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh

Director Richard Linklater's innovative cartoon odyssey uses live-action footage overlaid with matching computer animation to create an experience as... Read more

Amores Perros (2000)

8.1/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, Emilio Echevarria

A.k.a. "Love's A Bitch". Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu makes his directorial debut in an honest, raw, unapologetic look at the total human experience. S... Read more

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

6.9/10
Director: E Elias Merhige
Starring: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Catherine McCormack, Eddie Izzard, Udo Kier

What if famed German filmmaker F.W. Murnau, for the sake of authenticity, hired an actual vampire to play the lead role in his classic 1922 chiller "N... Read more

Starship Troopers ( Blu-ray ) (1997)

7.2/10
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Michael Ironside, Jake Busey, Patr...

From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with sh... Read more

Taste Of Cherry (1997)

7.7/10
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Homayoun Ershadi, Adolhossein Bagheri

One of the great works of recent international cinema and the apex of contemporary Iranian film, Abbas Kiarostami's brilliant and deceptively simple f... Read more

Good Will Hunting (1997)

8.3/10
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck

Two young (then unknown) actors wrote a script that dealt with mental health issues and genius mathematicians. Within months, their script had been so... Read more