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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.

True Detective: Season 1 (2014)

9/10
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, Tory Kit...

In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) are brought in to revisit a homicide cas... Read more

Predator (1987)

7.8/10
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke

An alien life form lands in the jungles of South America and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his combat team, soon find themselves becoming the prey of th... 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

45 Years (2015)

7.1/10
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Dolly Wells, Sam Alexander, Hannah Chambers

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay shared the acting honours at the Berlin Film Festival for their roles as a long-married couple suddenly prompted... 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

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

7/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg

The deeply eccentric Roy Anderssons meticulously mounted comic sketches move from historic fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as he muses on human... Read more

A History of Violence (2005)

7.5/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Ashton Holmes, Stephen Mc...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... 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

Rushmore (1998)

7.7/10
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Seymour Cassel, Olivia Williams, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray

A rebellious teenager (Jason Schwartzman), too involved with his extracurricular activities to bother with studies, befriends a depressed, middle-aged... Read more

True Romance (1993)

7.9/10
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Gary Oldman

Another explosive cocktail from the pen of Quentin Tarantino ('Reservoir Dogs', 'Pulp Fiction'). This is a 90's twist on the young lovers-on-the-lam g... Read more