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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.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

7.5/10
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Jared Harris, Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr, Stephen Fry, Eddie Marsan, Rachel McAd...

Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law return as Holmes and Watson in director Guy Ritchie's second adaptation of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective no... Read more

Drive ( Blu-ray ) (2011)

7.8/10
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac, Carey Mul...

What drives a man like the Driver (Ryan Gosling)? The character at the center of this brutal modern noir is a true enigma - stunt car operator and mec... Read more

Drive (2011)

7.8/10
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Bryan Cranston, Ryan Go...

What drives a man like the Driver (Ryan Gosling)? The character at the center of this brutal modern noir is a true enigma - stunt car operator and mec... Read more

The Orator ( aka O Le Tulafale ) (2011)

7/10
Director: Tusi Tamasese

Set deep on the lush Samoan island of Upolu, this stunning feature by director Tusi Tamasese tells of a love woven by fate, parted by an unforgiving p... Read more

Hanna (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Jason Flemyng, Tom Hollander, Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan, Olivier...

Taught to function as a professional assassin, 14-year-old Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) is given her first special assignment by her father (Eric Bana), the... Read more

Le Quattro Volte ( Four Times ) (2010)

7.2/10
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Starring: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano

An unclassifiably brilliant reverie on life, death, nature and the splendours of Calabria, "Le Quattro Volte" is a deceptively simple and playfully ph... Read more

Submarine (2010)

7.3/10
Director: Richard Ayoade
Starring: Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige

Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners, and indulging other self-ab... Read more

Four Lions (2010)

7.3/10
Director: Chris Morris
Starring: Arsher Ali, Kayvan Novak, Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Adeel Akhtar

A black comedy directed by satirist Chris Morris, 'Four Lions' sends up a group of inept jihadists and would-be suicide bombers. Riz Ahmed plays Omar,... Read more

Four Lions ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

7.3/10
Director: Chris Morris
Starring: Arsher Ali, Kayvan Novak, Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Adeel Akhtar

A black comedy directed by satirist Chris Morris, 'Four Lions' sends up a group of inept jihadists and would-be suicide bombers. Riz Ahmed plays Omar,... Read more

Scott Pilgrim vs the World ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

7.5/10
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill, Chris Evans, Michael Cera, Anna K...

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), whose life of garage band practice and other laid-back pursuits is turned upside-down when he... Read more