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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.

Whiplash (2014)

8.5/10
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Paul Reiser, J K Simmons, Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist

A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who... Read more

The Wire: Season 1 (2002)

9.3/10
Director: Agnieszka Holland, Daniel Attias, Ernest Dickerson, Peter Medak, Brad Anderson, Tim Van Patten
Starring: Dominic West, Idris Elba, Wood Harris

From Emmy-winning David Simon, this unvarnished, highly realistic HBO series follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore. To... 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

Minority Report (2002)

7.7/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Max von Sydow, Samantha Morton, Peter Stormare

In Steven Spielberg's electrifying adaptation of Philip K Dick's short story, Tom Cruise is a detective for a government agency in 2025 Washington tha... Read more

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

7.4/10
Director: Anthony Minghella
Starring: Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman

A lush, involving thriller based on Patricia Highsmith's novel starring Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, a young New Yorker hired by a tycoon to persuade was... Read more

I Heart Huckabees (2004)

6.7/10
Director: David O Russell
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark...

An exuberant offbeat comedy in which Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin play existential detectives hired by kindhearted local poet and activist Albert Ma... Read more

Submarine (2010)

7.3/10
Director: Richard Ayoade
Starring: Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige

Young Oliver Tate's coming of age is coming even sooner than expected. Prone to daydreaming, listening to French crooners, and indulging other self-ab... Read more

Take Shelter (2011)

7.4/10
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Kathy Baker, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon

In this unnerving drama, Michael Shannon ("Bug") plays a husband and father who harbours the growing certainty that an apocalyptic event will soon tak... Read more

The Age of Innocence (1993)

7.2/10
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder

Martin Scorsese revels in ravishing romantic grandeur with a tale of love and denial in 19th Century New York. Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and... Read more

Taste Of Cherry (1997)

7.7/10
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Homayoun Ershadi, Adolhossein Bagheri

One of the great works of recent international cinema and the apex of contemporary Iranian film, Abbas Kiarostami's brilliant and deceptively simple f... Read more