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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.

Enter the Void (2009)

7.3/10
Director: Gaspar Noe
Starring: Paz de la Huerta, Nathaniel Brown, Olly Alexander

This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict... Read more

I Am Love (2009)

7/10
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Marisa Berenson, Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Gabriele Ferzetti, Pippo D...

The Recchi family are a well-bred and well-moneyed family of Milan whose lives are grand and cold as a museum - but all that's about to change. Eduard... Read more

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Starring: Ewa Froling, Marika Lagercrantz, Michael Nyqvist, Ingvar Hirdwall, Noomi Rapace,...

Aka "Men Who Hate Women". Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger... Read more

Mother (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Weon Bin, Jin Gu

Widowed for a long time, a mother lives alone with her only son. He is 28 years old, a shy and quiet young man. In the aftermath of a terrible murder,... Read more

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Starring: Ewa Froling, Marika Lagercrantz, Michael Nyqvist, Ingvar Hirdwall, Noomi Rapace,...

Aka "Men Who Hate Women". Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger... Read more

A Serious Man ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

7/10
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg

An original and darkly humorous story from Joel and Ethan Coen ("The Big Lebowski") about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics pr... Read more

A Serious Man (2009)

7/10
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg

An original and darkly humorous story from Joel and Ethan Coen ("The Big Lebowski") about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics pr... Read more

Bronson (2008)

7.1/10
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Tom Hardy, Matt King

In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a h... Read more

Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

7.1/10
Director: Dany Boon
Starring: Kad Merad, Dany Boon, Zoe Felix, Lorenzo Ausilia-Foret, Anne Marivin

A huge hit in its native France, this 'city slicker meets the yokels' comedy stars Kad Merad as a postal worker whose attempts to orchestrate a transf... Read more

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

7.4/10
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohe...

Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical thriller stars Johnny Depp in the title role as a man unjustly sent to prison. The previously mild-mannered b... Read more