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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 Favourite (2018)

7.7/10
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss,...

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies... Read more

Mission to the Sun (2018)

Director: Daniel M Smith

A look at NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which launched its mission to explore the sun in August 2018. Read more

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

7.2/10
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Col...

Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His... Read more

Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-Ray) (2018)

7.2/10
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Col...

Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His... Read more

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

7.9/10
Director: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, F Murray Abraham,...

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury c... Read more

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Blu-Ray) (2019)

7.9/10
Director: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, F Murray Abraham,...

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury c... Read more

Annihilation (2018)

6.9/10
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novo...

A biologist's husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone but does not find what she's expecti... Read more

Annihilation (Blu-Ray) (2018)

6.9/10
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novo...

A biologist's husband disappears. She puts her name forward for an expedition into an environmental disaster zone but does not find what she's expecti... Read more

Lean on Pete (2017)

7.2/10
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz, Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, Chloe Se...

Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter... Read more

Hostiles (2017)

7.2/10
Director: Scott Cooper
Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Rory Cochra...

In 1892, legendary Army Capt. Joseph Blocker reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal land. Embarki... Read more