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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

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

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

6.8/10
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Maximilian Schell, Rachel Weisz, Robbie Coltrane, Ri...

All their lives, brothers Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) have perfected the fine art of the con. Now they're ready for one last spect... Read more

Hunger (2008)

7.6/10
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Michael Fassbender

Follows life in the Maze Prison of Northern Ireland, with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike led by... 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

Eagle vs Shark ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

6.8/10
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Joel Tobeck, Brian Sergent, Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, David Fane, Rachel H...

A quirky kiwi rom-com with Jemaine Clement of "Flight of the Conchords" fame as uber-geek Jarrod, an unlikely romantic foil to shy 'Meaty Boy' cashier... 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

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

7.4/10
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, 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