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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.

Ponyo (2008)

7.7/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Aka "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea". When five-year-old Sosuke finds a fish named Ponyo near his seaside home, they quickly become the best of friends... Read more

Let the Right One In (2008)

7.9/10
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kare Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl, Karin Bergquist, Pete...

12-year-old Oskar is a bit of a social misfit and the target for all the local bullies when someone new moves in next door. He is soon besotted by the... Read more

Stardust ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

7.7/10
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Claire Danes, Ian McKellen, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer, Natha...

In this inventive fairytale from the pen of Neil Gaiman ('Mirrormask') a young man (Charlie Cox) sets out from his closeted home village to prove his... Read more

Eagle vs Shark ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

6.8/10
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Joel Tobeck, Brian Sergent, Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, David Fane, Rachel H...

A quirky kiwi rom-com with Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords" fame as uber-geek Jarrod, an unlikely romantic foil to shy 'Meaty Boy' cashier... Read more

You, The Living (2007)

7.5/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Jessika Lundberg, Elisabeth Helander, Bjorn Englund, Leif Larsson

A tragi-comic panorama of the human condition, Swedish director Roy Andersson ('Songs from the Second Floor') has stitiched together 50 short scenes o... Read more

Eagle vs Shark (2007)

6.8/10
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Loren Horsley, Joel Tobeck, Craig Hall, Rachel House, David Fan...

A quirky kiwi rom-com with Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords" fame as uber-geek Jarrod, an unlikely romantic foil to shy 'Meaty Boy' cashier... Read more

Stardust (2007)

7.7/10
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Claire Danes, Ian McKellen, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Michelle Pfeiffer, Natha...

In this inventive fairytale from the pen of Neil Gaiman ('Mirrormask') a young man (Charlie Cox) sets out from his closeted home village to prove his... Read more

The Fall (2006)

7.9/10
Director: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Justine Waddell, Lee Pace

Every so often a film comes out of nowhere to reaffirm your love for cinema by allowing you to experience the delight of something entirely fresh and... Read more

O Brother, Where Art Thou? ( Blu-ray ) (2000)

7.8/10
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, Charles Durning, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, Jennifer Jason Leig...

A wonderful, whimsical graft of Homer's "The Odyssey" telling the tale of three chain gang escapees in 1930s Mississippi. George Clooney is the slick... Read more

Memento (2000)

8.5/10
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

The toast of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, this crafty, twisty offbeat thriller focuses on Leonard (Guy Pearce), a man struggling to put his life b... Read more