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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.

Fallen Angels (1995)

7.7/10
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Leon Lai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Michelle Reis

A hitman's "agent" is falling in love with him, while a silent ex-con breaks into stores at night, opens them up and forces people to buy merchandise... Read more

Shutter Island (2010)

8.1/10
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Elias Koteas, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Max von Sydow, Mich...

In 1954, US Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio in superb form) has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insan... Read more

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

8.2/10
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, An...

Directed by Mel Gibson and with 9 AACTA award wins and 3 Golden Globe nominations, this Australian production is an extraordinary true story. Desmond... Read more

Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995)

7.6/10
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Jeremy Irons, Samuel L Jackson

After travelling across America to battle bad guys in the first two films, New York detective Bruce Willis gets to stay on his home turf this time out... Read more

The Children's Hour (1961)

7.8/10
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Kar...

Daring adaptation of Lillian Hellman's celebrated play of suspected lesbianism in a girls' school. William Wyler (who also made the 1936 version, "The... Read more

Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)

7/10
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Christian Slater, Connie Nielsen, Jean-Marc Barr, Stellan...

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 hundreds of men... Read more

Toni Erdmann (2016)

7.4/10
Director: Maren Ade
Starring: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death o... Read more

Be Kind Rewind (2007)

6.4/10
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jack Black, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Mos Def

A freak accident magnetises Jack Black's brain, leading him to erase the contents of the VHS inventory inside his favourite (and failing) New Jersey v... Read more

Norwegian Wood (2010)

6.4/10
Director: Tran Anh Hung
Starring: Kiko Mizuhara, Kenichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi

Set in 1960s Tokyo, this romantic Japanese drama based on Haruki Murakami's semi-autobiographical 1987 novel concerns a literature student (Kenichi Ma... Read more

Tangerine (2015)

7.1/10
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian

It's Christmas Eve in West Hollywood. Two transgender prostitute BFF's talk trash and storm the LA streets in this R-rated comedy of infidelity, retri... Read more