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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.

Only the Dead (2015)

7.7/10
Director: Bill Guttentag, Michael Ware

When the invasion of Iraq ended no one knew what was to come. In the midst of the celebrations, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the most vicious of Al Qaeda lea... Read more

Tangerine (2015)

7.1/10
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian

It's Christmas Eve in West Hollywood. Two transgender prostitute BFF's talk trash and storm the LA streets in this R-rated comedy of infidelity, retri... Read more

Theeb (2014)

7.2/10

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous dese... Read more

Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

6.7/10
Director: Yi'nan Diao

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murd... Read more

The Belier Family (2014)

Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Karin Viard, Francois Damiens, Louane Emera, Eric Elmosnino, Roxane Duran

For the Béliers their sixteen-year-old daughter Paula is a vital member of their eccentric clan. As the only non-deaf member of the family she acts as... Read more

Unbroken (2014)

7.2/10
Director: Angelina Jolie
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock

Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of olympian and war hero Louis "Loui... Read more

Whiplash (2014)

8.5/10
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Paul Reiser, J K Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist

A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who... Read more

Whiplash (Blu-ray) (2014)

8.5/10
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Paul Reiser, J K Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist

A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who... Read more

Omar (2013)

7.6/10
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Starring: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Samer Bisharat

Like the Palestinian towns across the West Bank split by high Israeli walls, Omar (Adam Bakri) is a divided man. A baker by trade he must scale the co... Read more

Broadchurch: Series 1 (2013)

8.4/10
Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman

When an 11 year-old boy is discovered murdered at the foot of the cliffs that dominate the Dorset down of Broadchurch, two police officers with contra... Read more