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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.

The New Zealand Wars: Episode 1 (1998)

8/10
Starring: James Belich

"The War That Britain Lost". In 1916 while New Zealand focused on a great war, 12,000 miles away, another war ended in the heart of the North Island.... Read more

The Host (2006)

7/10
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Ah-sung Ko, Hae-il Park, Bae Doo-na

AKA 'Gweomul'. 'Godzilla' meets 'Alien' in this monster movie with everything, from Korean director Joon-ho Bong. Following a careless toxic waste le... Read more

The Theory of Everything (2014)

7.7/10
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David...

Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, this is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist S... Read more

The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017)

7.2/10
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Ilkka Koivula

Khaled, a Syrian refugee stows away on a freighter to Helsinki. Meanwhile, Wikström is a traveling salesman who wins big at a poker table and buys him... Read more

The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

6/10
Director: Volker Schlondorff
Starring: Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall

A stylish adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel of the not-so-distant future where certain young women are used to bear 'pure' children for the milita... Read more

City of Men: The Complete Series (2002)

7.3/10
Director: Fernando Meirelles, Philippe Barcinski, Regina Case, etc
Starring: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha

Following the outstanding success of the Oscar-nominated 'City of God', the same team made this incredible 9-part series for Brazilian television. Fi... Read more

Top Secret! (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

Burning (2018)

7.6/10
Director: Chang-dong Lee
Starring: Steven Yeun

Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood, who asks him to look after her cat while she's on a trip to Africa. When back, sh... Read more

High-Rise (2015)

5.6/10
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Tom Hiddleston, Luke Evans

The brutalism begins with the architecture and extends all the way down to the residents in Ben Wheatleys High-Rise, a flashy adaptation of J.G. Ba... Read more

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

6.2/10
Director: Grant Heslov
Starring: Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick, Steph...

Loosely adapted from the book by Jon Ronson that was inspired by actual events, this satirical comedy stars Ewan McGregor as a journalist working in I... Read more