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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.

The Train (Blu-ray) (1964)

7.8/10
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau

A gripping high powered action film about the French Resistance trying to waylay a train taking French Art treasures to Germany. Read more

The Train (1964)

7.9/10
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau

A gripping high powered action film about the French Resistance trying to waylay a train taking French Art treasures to Germany. Read more

The Innocents (1961)

7.9/10
Director: Jack Clayton
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Pamela Franklin, M...

Possibly the best ghost story ever filmed, this adaptation of Henry James's novel 'The Turn of the Screw', offers spooky apparitions, demented religio... Read more

Some Came Running (1958)

7.5/10
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Arthur Kennedy, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Martha Hyer, Shirley MacLaine

After a round of partying he can’t remember, World War II veteran Dave Hirsh is placed on a bus headed for the last place he’d choose: Parkman, Indian... Read more

Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud ( Lift to the Scaffold ) (1957)

Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet, Amedee , Lino Ventura

Celebrated director Louis Malle's debut film was a post-modern film noir, starring Jeanne Moreau as a woman who plots with her young lover (Maurice Ro... Read more

Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)

7.9/10
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Ulla Jacobsson, Eva Dahlbeck, Margit Carl...

Ingmar Bergman's first international success is a delightful comedy of manners about four star-crossed couples spending a Nordic night at a turn-of-th... Read more

Julius Caesar (1953)

7.4/10
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Deborah Kerr, Edmond O'Brien, Greer Garson, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Cal...

A superior adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of political power and honour in ancient Rome. Lavishly produced with Oscar Winning art direction-... Read more

Stray Dog (1949)

7.9/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Isao Kimura, Keiko Awaji

Early Kurosawa film is a masterful mix of film noir and police thriller in which a rookie detective (Toshiro Mifune) has his pistol stolen, and his se... Read more