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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.

Elle (2016)

7.1/10
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. Read more

Martha Marcy May Marlene (Blu-ray) (2011)

6.9/10
Director: Sean Durkin
Starring: Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Brady Corbet, Elizabeth Olsen, Louisa Kr...

Elizabeth Olsen (in her feature film debut) stars as Martha, a young girl living in a dangerous cult under the oppression of a sadistic leader. She ev... Read more

Payback ( Blu-ray ) (1999)

7.1/10
Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: David Paymer, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, Mel Gibson

Based on the same Richard Stark novel ("The Hunter") that inspired 1967's "Point Blank", this stylish mob actioner stars Mel Gibson as a career crimin... Read more

Whiplash (Blu-ray) (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

Possessor (Blu-ray) (2020)

6.5/10
Director: Brandon Cronenberg
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately dri... Read more

Fail Safe (blu-ray) (1964)

8/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Henry Fonda, Larry Hagman, Walter Matthau

One of the greatest anti-war thrillers ever. This tense Cold War offering is about a squad of American bombers that are accidentally sent to deliver a... Read more

Tale of Tales (Blu-ray) (2015)

6.4/10
Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: John C Reilly, Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Stacy Martin, Tob...

Salma Hayek eating a serpents heart; Toby Jones cuddling a giant flea. Python meets Pasolini in this horrific, hilarious  and very grown up  fairy... Read more

Moneyball (Blu-ray) (2011)

7.6/10
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

The true story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's attempt to field a successful baseball team after a 2001 playoff loss to the Yankees... Read more

Top Secret! Special Edition (1984)

7.2/10
Director: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams
Starring: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Christopher Villiers

A likeably silly comedy from the writing-directing team that brought you 'Flying High' .. about an Elvis-like rock star who becomes embroiled in espio... Read more

Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 & 2 (Blu-ray) (2013)

6.9/10
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jean-Marc Barr, Stellan...

Volume 1: A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundre... Read more