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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.

You're Next (2011)

6.5/10
Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Barbara Crampton, AJ Bowen, Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Joe Swan...

Aubrey and Paul Davison decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their significant others to a family reunion... Read more

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

7.3/10
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Naoto Takenaka, Eita , Hikari Mitsushima, Ebizo Ichikawa, Munetaka...

Directed by Takashi Miike ("13 Assassins"), this remake of the 1962 film "Harakiri" relates the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doors... Read more

The Bridge: Series 1 (2011)

8.6/10
Starring: Kim Bodnia, Sofia Helin

A woman's body is dumped in the middle of the Oresund Bridge - right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. What at first looks like one murder, tu... Read more

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

7.8/10
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is an engrossing crime drama from the celebrated director of "Cl... Read more

Enlightened: Season 1 (2011)

7.5/10
Starring: Diane Ladd, Laura Dern, Luke Wilson, Mike White, Sarah Burns, Bayne Gibby

"Enlightened" centers on Amy Jellicoe (Golden Globe-winner Laura Dern), a 40-year-old woman who returns home to California after a month's stay at a h... Read more

The Raid (2011)

7.6/10
Director: Gareth Evans
Starring: Donny Alamsyah, Tegar Satrya, Pierre Gruno, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Ray Sahetap...

A.k.a. "The Raid: Redemption". Innovative martial arts action marks this Indonesian thriller about a young SWAT recruit (Iko Uwais) fighting to stay a... Read more

Super (2011)

7/10
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Michael Rooker, Linda Cardellini, Rainn Wilson, Ellen Pa...

What happens when a regular guy puts on tights and tries to become a superhero? Mopey schlub Frank (Rainn Wilson) is about to find out, after his wife... Read more

Norwegian Wood ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

6.4/10
Director: Tran Anh Hung
Starring: Kiko Mizuhara, Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi

Set in 1960s Tokyo, this romantic Japanese drama based on Haruki Murakami's semi-autobiographical 1987 novel concerns a literature student (Kenichi Ma... Read more

Norwegian Wood (2010)

6.4/10
Director: Tran Anh Hung
Starring: Kiko Mizuhara, Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi

Set in 1960s Tokyo, this romantic Japanese drama based on Haruki Murakami's semi-autobiographical 1987 novel concerns a literature student (Kenichi Ma... Read more

Sherlock: Series 1 (2010)

9.2/10
Director: Paul McGuigan, Euros Lyn
Starring: Rupert Graves, Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock Holmes is on the case again in a thrilling contemporary version of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic! Co-created by 'Doctor Who' scribes Steven Mo... Read more