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Latest Staff Picks

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.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017)

7.7/10
Starring: Ryuichi Sakamoto

From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of Ryuichi Sakamoto's music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fuku... 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

The Insult (L'insulte) (2017)

7.7/10
Starring: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Rita Hayek

A minor incident between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee turns into an explosive trial that ends up dividing the two communities. Read more

Thelma (2017)

7.7/10
Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen

A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are... Read more

The Rider (2017)

7.6/10
Director: Chloe Zhao
Starring: Brady Jandreu, Mooney , Tim Jandreu, Lilly Jandreu

After a riding accident leaves him unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, a young cowboy searches for a new purpose. Read more

Stronger (2017)

7/10
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Miranda Richardson, Tatiana Maslany, Richard Lane Jr., Nate Ric...

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope... Read more

No Ordinary Sheila (2017)

8.7/10
Director: Hugh Macdonald

Documentary on writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retracing a long life dedicated to sharing her love of New Zealands nature and history. Read more

God's Own Country (2017)

7.7/10
Director: Francis Lee
Starring: Gemma Jones, Ian Hart, Josh O'Connor, Harry Lister Smith, Alec Secareanu

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant... Read more

Blue (2017)

7.9/10
Director: Karina Holden
Starring: Karina Holden

The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial sc... Read more