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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.

Ben is Back (2018)

6.8/10
Director: Peter Hedges
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton, Courtney B Vance

Nineteen-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home on Christmas Eve. Ben's mom, Holly, is relieved and welcoming but wary... Read more

The Favourite (Blu-Ray) (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

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

Shoplifters (2018)

8.1/10
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Sosuke Ikematsu

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for petty theft. When the young son is arrested,... Read more

The Happy Prince (2018)

6.3/10
Director: Rupert Everett
Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Cha...

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the diffi... Read more

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

8.7/10
Director: Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry...

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realitie... Read more

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Blu-Ray) (2018)

8.7/10
Director: Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti
Starring: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry...

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realitie... Read more

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

7.2/10
Director: Marielle Heller
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Ben Falcone

Celebrity biographer Lee Israel makes her living profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilg... 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

Climax (2018)

7.3/10
Director: Gaspar Noe
Starring: Sofia Boutella

When members of a dance troupe are lured to an empty school, drug-laced sangria causes their jubilant rehearsal to descend into a dark and explosive n... Read more