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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

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

7.7/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Emma S...

Michael Keaton stars in this award-winning black comedy written, directed and produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Struggling actor Riggan Thomson... Read more

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

7.7/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Emma S...

Michael Keaton stars in this award-winning black comedy written, directed and produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Struggling actor Riggan Thomson... Read more

The Babadook (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 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

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

What if (2013)

6.8/10
Director: Michael Dowse
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rafe Spall, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Megan Par...

Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a medical school dropout who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. While everyone around him seems to be findin... 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

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