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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.

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (1988)

7.6/10
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura, Julieta Serrano, Maria Barranco, Rossy de Palma

A popular actress (perennial Almodovar favourite, Carmen Maura) is driven to distraction when her lover leaves for another woman. She's certain she ca... Read more

Raising Arizona (1987)

7.4/10
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: Holly Hunter, John Goodman, Nicolas Cage, William Forsythe, Randall Tex Cobb

Riotous comedy caper from Joel and Ethan Coen about an infertile couple (ex-con Nicolas Cage and policewoman Holly Hunter) who desperately want childr... Read more

Pretty in Pink (1986)

6.8/10
Director: Howard Deutch
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy

Molly Ringwald is the school girl from the wrong side of town, Andrew McCarthy the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. A bittersweet, critic... Read more

Fast Talking (1984)

6.9/10
Director: Ken Cameron
Starring: Rod Zuanic

A bright young teenager from a broken home uses his quick wits and glib tongue to get out of trouble - but they also get him into it. Read more

Rumble Fish (1983)

7.2/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Matt Dillon, Dennis Hopper, Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Tom Waits, Nicolas Cage,...

In black and white with colour sequences, this visually stunning adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel stars Matt Dillon and Mickey Rourke as brothers try... Read more

Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981)

6.1/10
Director: Steve Miner
Starring: Adrienne King, Amy Steel, John Furey

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to camp, here's even more heart-pounding terror. It's five years later, and demented, deformed Jason Voor... Read more

Drunken Master (1978)

7.6/10
Director: Yuen Woo Ping
Starring: Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu Tien, Hwang Jang Lee

Wong Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) is sent to train under his uncle , a wine-guzzling master famous for crippling his students. Desperate to escape this brut... Read more

The Duellists (1977)

7.5/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Edward Fox, Albert Finney

The Duellists is based on a story by Joseph Conrad, variously titled The Duel and The Point of Honour. Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel play officers... Read more

Katie Tippel (1975)

6.7/10
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Monique Van De Ven, Rutger Hauer

The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she se... Read more

Wake in Fright (1971)

7.7/10
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, John Mei...

A naive young teacher finds himself in a remote outback school where the 'pupils' are more interested in killing kangaroos and sexual experimentation... Read more