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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.

Never Let Me Go (2010)

7.2/10
Director: Mark Romanek
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield

In an alternate reality, three students at a mysterious English boarding school form a special bond. This friendship, however, will be tested as the t... Read more

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Matt Harlock
Starring: Bill Hicks

The life and humor of stand-up iconoclast Bill Hicks is saluted in this documentary. Interviews with family and friends are mixed with "photo-animated... Read more

Lebanon (2009)

6.9/10
Director: Samuel Maoz
Starring: Oshri Cohen, Yoav Donat, Michael Moshonov, Italy Tiran

This harrowing drama from Israel looks at the 1982 Lebanon War through the eyes of four young Israeli soldiers, trapped inside a tank bound for the Le... 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

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

Boy A (2007)

7.6/10
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Siobhan Finneran, Skye Bennett, Alfie Owen

A hauntingly ruminative tale of redemption and the pain of starting over, based on the novel by Jonathan Trigell. Jack is a young ex-con desperate to... Read more

Control (2007)

7.7/10
Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, Toby Kebbell

Globally renowned photographer and image-maker to superstar bands like Depeche Mode and U2, Anton Corbijn brings us his first feature film. It tells t... Read more