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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.

Mommy (2014)

8.1/10
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilan, Suzanne Clement, Patrick Huard

French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan was 25 when he delivered his fifth feature to Cannes in 2014. What's truly precocious is the power of the exub... Read more

True Detective: Season 1 (2014)

9/10
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, Tory Kit...

In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) are brought in to revisit a homicide cas... 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

Ida (2013)

7.4/10
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski ("Last Resort", "My Summer of Love") comes "Ida", a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in... Read more

A Touch of Sin (2013)

7.1/10
Director: Zhangke Jia
Starring: Zhao Tao, Wang Baoqiang, Wu Jiang, Lanshan Luo, Li Meng

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival... Read more

Her (2013)

8/10
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, "Her" follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing tou... Read more

Her ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

8/10
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, "Her" follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing tou... Read more

Kill Your Darlings (2013)

6.5/10
Director: John Krokidas
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, Michael C Hall, Jack Huston,...

Historical drama follows a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) while he is attending Columbia University in 1944 and shows how the relationship he... Read more

Wadjda (2012)

7.6/10
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd , Waad Mohammed

A rebellious Saudi Arabian girl hatches a plan to get her hands on the bicycle she craves in this coming-of-age story from first time director Haifaa... Read more

The Hunt (2012)

8.3/10
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Thomas Bo Larsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Annika Wedderkopp, Lasse Fogelstrom, Susse Wol...

"The Hunt" is a disturbing depiction of how a lie becomes the truth when gossip, doubt and malice are allowed to flourish and ignite a witch-hunt that... Read more