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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.

Paradise Hope (2013)

6.7/10
Director: Ulrich Seidl

The final installment in Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy, 'Paradise: Hope' tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love.... Read more

Utopia: Series 1 (2013)

8.5/10
Starring: Paul Higgins, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Adeel Akhtar, Alexand...

When four internet forum friend acquire into the existence of a manuscript to the second part of a rare cult graphic novel "The Utopia Manuscript," be... Read more

Blue Ruin (2013)

7.1/10
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Amy Hargreaves, Eve Plumb, Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Kevin Kolack, David W Thom...

Dwight (Macon Blair), an outsider who lives out of his bullet-ridden Pontiac, is a man of few words whose parents were murdered when he was just a chi... Read more

Saving Mr Banks (Blu-ray) (2013)

7.5/10
Director: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Emma Thompson, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Co...

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks star in "Saving Mr. Banks", inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it... Read more

Saving Mr Banks (2013)

7.5/10
Director: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Emma Thompson, Jason Schwartzman, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Co...

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks star in "Saving Mr. Banks", inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it... Read more

Paradise Faith (2012)

6.7/10
Director: Ulrich Seidl

A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her f... Read more

Paradise Love (2012)

6.8/10
Director: Ulrich Seidl

A single woman in her 50's devotes her vacations to doing Catholic missionary work in Vienna, descending into violent self-punishment as part of her f... Read more

Starlet (2012)

6.8/10
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Dree Hemingway, James Ransone

An unlikely friendship forms between twenty-one-year-old Jane and the elderly Sadie after Jane discovers a hidden stash of money inside an object at S... Read more

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

7.8/10
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Jan Bijvoet

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enth... Read more

Anna Karenina (Blu-ray) (2012)

6.6/10
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Emily Watson, Jude Law, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Keira Knightley, Matth...

Directed by Joe Wright ("Pride & Prejudice", "Atonement") from a screenplay by Tom Stoppard ("Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead"), this bold adaptat... Read more