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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 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

Fail Safe (1964)

8/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Henry Fonda, Larry Hagman, Walter Matthau

One of the greatest anti-war thrillers ever. This tense Cold War offering is about a squad of American bombers that are accidentally sent to deliver a... Read more

Fail Safe (blu-ray) (1964)

8/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Henry Fonda, Larry Hagman, Walter Matthau

One of the greatest anti-war thrillers ever. This tense Cold War offering is about a squad of American bombers that are accidentally sent to deliver a... Read more

The Children's Hour (1961)

7.8/10
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Kar...

Daring adaptation of Lillian Hellman's celebrated play of suspected lesbianism in a girls' school. William Wyler (who also made the 1936 version, "The... Read more

Naked Youth (1960)

7/10
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Starring: Yoshiko Kuga

A harsh young man seduces a freeloading young woman and eventually takes advantage of her knack for hitch-hiking to rob middle-class men. Read more

Them! (1954)

7.3/10
Director: Gordon Douglas
Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Whitmore, James Arness

Classic 50's creature feature about giant ants discovered in New Mexico that lead the authorities into final battle in the storm drains under Los Ange... Read more

Gaslight (1944)

7.8/10
Director: George Cukor
Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten

Ingrid Bergman won her first Oscar for her stunning portrayal of a susceptible young woman who marries the suave, romantic Charles Boyer, never suspec... Read more

Vampyr (1932)

7.6/10
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: Julian West, Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel

With 'Vampyr', Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dreyer's brilliance at achieving mesmerizing atmosphere and austere, profoundly unsettling imagery ('The... Read more

Wings (Blu-ray) (1927)

7.5/10
Director: William A Wellman
Starring: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen

Two young men from the same town but different social classes end up as fighter pilots in WW1. Jack Preston is a keen auto mechanic, building and modi... Read more

Wings (1927)

7.5/10
Director: William A Wellman
Starring: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen

Two young men from the same town but different social classes end up as fighter pilots in WW1. Jack Preston is a keen auto mechanic, building and modi... Read more