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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.

Battle Royale (2000)

7.7/10
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou S...

At the dawn of the new millennium, Japan is in a state of near-collapse. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and violence amongst the nation's youth... Read more

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

7.4/10
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman

A lush, involving thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel starring Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, a young New Yorker hired by a tycoon to persuade was... Read more

The New Zealand Wars: Episode 1 (1998)

8/10
Starring: James Belich

"The War That Britain Lost". In 1916 while New Zealand focused on a great war, 12,000 miles away, another war ended in the heart of the North Island.... Read more

Buffalo '66 (1998)

7.5/10
Director: Vincent Gallo
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara, Christina Ricci, Jan-Michael Vincent, Mickey Rourk...

Billy (Vincent Gallo) is released after five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Hell-bent on convincing his dysfunctional parents (Angelica... 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

Romeo and Juliet (DiCaprio) ( Blu-ray ) (1996)

7.6/10
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Brian Dennehy, Claire Danes, Diane Venora, John Leguizamo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pa...

Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes... Read more

Sleepers (1996)

7.6/10
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Brad Pitt, Brad Renfro, Bruno Kirby, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Patric, Kevin Bacon,...

This powerful drama follows four young boys from New York's Hell's Kitchen in the 60's when they're sent to a brutal reform school and assaulted by a... Read more

Romeo and Juliet (DiCaprio) (1996)

7.6/10
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Brian Dennehy, Claire Danes, Diane Venora, John Leguizamo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pa...

Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes... Read more

Fallen Angels (1995)

7.7/10
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Leon Lai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Michelle Reis

A hitman's "agent" is falling in love with him, while a silent ex-con breaks into stores at night, opens them up and forces people to buy merchandise... Read more

To Die For (1995)

6.8/10
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Matt Dillon, Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Illeana Douglas

A biting look at pop celebrity and the drive for fame, this wickedly funny black comedy from scripter Buck Henry and director Gus Van Sant stars Nicol... Read more