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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.

Paterson (2016)

7.4/10
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani

Writer-director Jim Jarmusch often explores existential themes, but theyve perhaps never been so beautifully unadorned as they are in Paterson, a dec... Read more

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

7.8/10
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Charles D...

A wonderful, whimsical graft of Homer's "The Odyssey" telling the tale of three chain gang escapees in 1930s Mississippi. George Clooney is the slick... Read more

The Nightingale (2018)

7.3/10
Director: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Ewen Leslie

Clare, a young Irish convict, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness and is bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence t... Read more

Loveless (Nelyubov) (2017)

7.7/10
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring: Aleksey Rozin, Maryana Spivak, Matvei Novikov

Still living under the same roof, the Moscow couple of Boris and Zhenya is in the terrible final stages of a bitter divorce. Under those circumstances... Read more

Romeo and Juliet (DiCaprio) (1996)

7.6/10
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Brian Dennehy, Claire Danes, Diane Venora, John Leguizamo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pa...

Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes... Read more

St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

6.4/10
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy

The new Brat Pack are featured as recent college grads having their problems. One critic referred to this as 'The Little Chill'. With Demi Moore, Rob... Read more

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

7.3/10
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry

Mixing fairy tale magic with gritty realism, this mesmerizing drama stars newcomer Quvenzhane Wallis (in an Oscar-nominated performance) as Hushpuppy,... Read more

Payback (1999)

7.1/10
Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, David Paymer, Kris Kristofferson, James Co...

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

Wake in Fright (1971)

7.7/10
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, John Mei...

A naive young teacher finds himself in a remote outback school where the 'pupils' are more interested in killing kangaroos and sexual experimentation... Read more

Timeline (2003)

5.6/10
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, David Thewlis

Based on the Michael Crichton novel, this time-travel adventure helmed by Richard Donner ("Ladyhawke") stars Paul Walker as a member of an archeologic... Read more