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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.

Hero ( Blu-ray ) (2002)

7.9/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), Zhang Ziyi, Daoming Ch...

Director Zhang Yimou's highly stylized martial arts epic stars Jet Li as a nameless expert swordsman, who tells the ruler of one of ancient China's wa... 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

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

Constantine ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

7/10
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker, Pruitt Tayl...

Loosely based on the DC Comics/Vertigo "Hellblazer" graphic novels, "Constantine" tells the story of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has li... Read more

Total Recall ( Blu-ray ) (1990)

7.5/10
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Rachel Ticotin, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox

Arnold Schwarzenegger goes to the Martian mining colonies to find out why someone wiped out his memory. The state of the art special effects may look... Read more

Into the Wild (2007)

8.1/10
Director: Sean Penn
Starring: Catherine Keener, Hal Holbrook, Marcia Gay Harden, Vince Vaughn, William Hurt, E...

Sean Penn scripted and directed this engrossing drama based on Jon Krakauer's best-selling book chronicling the true-life adventures of Christopher Mc... Read more

Benny's Video (1992)

7.2/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Angela Winkler, Ulrich Muhe, Arno Frisch, Ingrid Stassner

Benny is a disaffected teen whose life has begun to revolve around the violent films he watches, but his obsession soon crosses the line between voyeu... Read more

Idiocracy (2006)

6.6/10
Director: Mike Judge
Starring: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Anthony 'Critic' Campos, David Herman, T...

Lowly army paper-pusher Joe Bowers (Luke Wilson) is drafted into a military experiment that sees him, and hooker Maya Rudolph, put in artificial hiber... Read more

Constantine (2004)

7/10
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker, Pruitt Tayl...

Loosely based on the DC Comics/Vertigo "Hellblazer" graphic novels, "Constantine" tells the story of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has li... Read more

Hero (2002)

7.9/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Jet Li, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Donnie Yen

Director Zhang Yimou's highly stylized martial arts epic stars Jet Li as a nameless expert swordsman, who tells the ruler of one of ancient China's wa... Read more