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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.

American Gangster (2007)

7.8/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Josh Brolin, Cuba Gooding Jr

Ridley Scott's rivetting real-life crime drama stars Denzel Washington as '70s drug kingpin Frank Lucas, who wrested control of the Harlem heroin trad... Read more

V for Vendetta ( Blu-ray ) (2006)

7.5/10
Director: James McTeigue
Starring: Stephen Fry, Rupert Graves, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, Hugo Weaving, John Hur...

The dystopian world depicted in the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd is brought to the screen in this thrilling sci-fi actioner. In a fasci... Read more

Apocalypto ( Blu-ray ) (2006)

7.8/10
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead

Mel Gibson's Mayan epic was overshadowed by the director's personal antics, but this hugely-scaled mythological tale is a vivid and ferocious window o... Read more

No Mercy for the Rude (2006)

7.2/10
Director: Cheol-hie Park
Starring: Ha-kyun Shin, Ji-hye Yun, Min-jun Kim, Su-heui Go, Byeong-ok Kim

Brutal violence blends with post-modern comedy and absurd set-pieces in this hip Korean flick about a man with a severe speech impediment who refuses... Read more

The Lives of Others (2006)

8.4/10
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Muhe, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur, Thomas Thieme, Hans-U...

This skilfully-crafted thriller, deserving winner of the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, is an intelligent and potent blend of polit... Read more

The Host (2006)

7/10
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Ah-sung Ko, Hae-il Park, Bae Doo-na

AKA 'Gweomul'. 'Godzilla' meets 'Alien' in this monster movie with everything, from Korean director Joon-ho Bong. Following a careless toxic waste le... Read more

Apocalypto (2006)

7.8/10
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead

Mel Gibson's Mayan epic was overshadowed by the director's personal antics, but this hugely-scaled mythological tale is a vivid and ferocious window o... Read more

V for Vendetta (2006)

7.5/10
Director: James McTeigue
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, Rupert Graves, John Hur...

The dystopian world depicted in the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd is brought to the screen in this thrilling sci-fi actioner. In a fasci... Read more

Brick (2005)

7.4/10
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O'Leary, Emil...

A fresh take on the hard-boiled noir, this festival hit stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an outsider teen-turned-stoic gumshoe after his ex-girl (Emilie... Read more

A Bittersweet Life (2005)

7.6/10
Director: Kim Jee-Woon
Starring: Min-a Shin, Byung-hun Lee, Yeong-Cheol Kim

For the past seven years super-smooth Sun-woo (Byung-hun Lee) has served his gangster boss with unflinching loyalty. He is such a trusty that his bos... Read more