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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.

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

Top Secret! (1984)

7.2/10
Director: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Christopher Villiers

A likeably silly comedy from the writing-directing team that brought you 'Flying High' .. about an Elvis-like rock star who becomes embroiled in espio... Read more

Top Secret! Special Edition (1984)

7.2/10
Director: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Christopher Villiers

A likeably silly comedy from the writing-directing team that brought you 'Flying High' .. about an Elvis-like rock star who becomes embroiled in espio... Read more

The Aki Kaurismaki Collection: Part: 1 (1983)

Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpaa

Aki Kaurismäki is known for his extremely minimalistic style. He has been called an auteur,[5][6] since he writes, directs, produces and usually edits... Read more

Blow Out ( Blu-ray ) (1981)

7.4/10
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Dennis Franz, John Lithgow, John Travolta, Nancy Allen

In the enthralling 'Blow Out', brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects m... Read more

Blow Out (1981)

7.4/10
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, John Travolta, Dennis Franz

In the enthralling 'Blow Out', brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as a movie sound-effects m... 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

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

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965)

7.7/10
Director: Martin Ritt
Starring: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner

Perhaps the best of the Cold War spy movies. Good writing coupled with magnetic performances make it that rare film based on a novel that is the equal... Read more