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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.

Nightcrawler ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

7.9/10
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Bill Paxton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed

When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant t... Read more

Nightcrawler (2014)

7.9/10
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Bill Paxton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed

When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant t... 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

The Babadook (Blu-ray) (2014)

6.8/10
Director: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Noah Wiseman, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, Ben...

Baba-dook-dook-dook joins Candyman and Bloody Mary as words too terrifying to say, but too tempting not to, thanks to Australian writer-director... Read more

The Wind Rises ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement at the age of 72. If he sticks to his word he will have gone out on a sublime... Read more

The Wind Rises (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement at the age of 72. If he sticks to his word he will have gone out on a sublime... 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

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

7/10
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jean-Marc Barr, Stellan...

A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men... Read more