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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.

Dazed and Confused (1993)

7.7/10
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Shawn Andrews, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, Jason London

America, 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater... Read more

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

7.8/10
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" is an engrossing crime drama from the celebrated director of "Cl... Read more

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965)

7.7/10
Director: Martin Ritt
Starring: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner

Perhaps the best of the Cold War spy movies. Good writing coupled with magnetic performances make it that rare film based on a novel that is the equal... Read more

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (1988)

7.6/10
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carmen Maura, Julieta Serrano, Maria Barranco, Rossy de Palma

A popular actress (perennial Almodovar favourite, Carmen Maura) is driven to distraction when her lover leaves for another woman. She's certain she ca... Read more

Buffalo '66 (1998)

7.5/10
Director: Vincent Gallo
Starring: Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara, Christina Ricci, Jan-Michael Vincent, Mickey Rourk...

Billy (Vincent Gallo) is released after five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Hell-bent on convincing his dysfunctional parents (Angelica... Read more

About Elly (2009)

8.1/10
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Z...

From Asghar Farhadi, director of the acclaimed "A Separation", comes a gripping tale of secrets and lies amongst a tight-knit group of friends holiday... Read more

The Belier Family (2014)

Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Karin Viard, Francois Damiens, Louane Emera, Eric Elmosnino, Roxane Duran

For the Béliers their sixteen-year-old daughter Paula is a vital member of their eccentric clan. As the only non-deaf member of the family she acts as... Read more

Bridesmaids (2010)

6.1/10
Director: Paul Feig
Starring: Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kristen Wiig

Thirty-something Annie (Kristin Wiig) has hit a rough patch but finds her life turned completely upside down when she takes on the Maid of Honor role... Read more

The Wind Rises (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement at the age of 72. If he sticks to his word he will have gone out on a sublime... Read more

Broadchurch: Series 1 (2013)

8.4/10
Starring: David Tennant, Olivia Colman

When an 11 year-old boy is discovered murdered at the foot of the cliffs that dominate the Dorset down of Broadchurch, two police officers with contra... Read more