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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.

The Last Ocean (2012)

7.9/10
Director: Peter Young

The Ross Sea, Antarctica is the most pristine marine ecosystem on Earth. Scientists describe it as a 'living laboratory', a place that can teach us ab... Read more

My Brother the Devil (2012)

6.6/10
Director: Sally El Hosaini
Starring: Said Taghmaoui, James Floyd, Fady Elsayed

Authentic British urban drama written and directed by Sally El Hosaini, in which two teenage brothers have to face their prejudices head on if they ar... Read more

Lawless (2012)

7.3/10
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikows...

A crime drama from John Hillcoat ("The Proposition") set in prohibition-era rural Virginia in the early 1930s, adapted by musician Nick Cave from the... Read more

When a City Falls (2012)

8.7/10
Director: Gerald Smyth

The Canterbury earthquakes, shot in the streets of Christchurch. What happens to half a million New Zealanders the year their lives change forever. Read more

Moneyball (Blu-ray) (2011)

7.6/10
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

The true story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's attempt to field a successful baseball team after a 2001 playoff loss to the Yankees... Read more

The Tree of Life ( Blu-ray ) (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, this complex and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition stars Brad Pitt as the patriarch of a M... 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

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Blu-ray) (2011)

6.9/10
Director: Sean Durkin
Starring: Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Brady Corbet, Elizabeth Olsen, Louisa Kr...

Elizabeth Olsen (in her feature film debut) stars as Martha, a young girl living in a dangerous cult under the oppression of a sadistic leader. She ev... Read more

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

6.9/10
Director: Sean Durkin
Starring: Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Brady Corbet, Elizabeth Olsen, Louisa Kr...

Elizabeth Olsen (in her feature film debut) stars as Martha, a young girl living in a dangerous cult under the oppression of a sadistic leader. She ev... Read more

The Tree of Life (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, this complex and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition stars Brad Pitt as the patriarch of a M... Read more