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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 Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble (2015)

7.7/10
Director: Morgan Neville
Starring: Yo-Yo Ma

Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade r... Read more

American Gangster (2007)

7.8/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Josh Brolin, Cuba Gooding Jr

Ridley Scott's rivetting real-life crime drama stars Denzel Washington as '70s drug kingpin Frank Lucas, who wrested control of the Harlem heroin trad... Read more

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Matt Harlock
Starring: Bill Hicks

The life and humor of stand-up iconoclast Bill Hicks is saluted in this documentary. Interviews with family and friends are mixed with "photo-animated... Read more

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (2005)

Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Min-sik Choi, Yeong-ae Lee, Il-woo Nam, Byeong-ok Kim, Bu-seon Kim, Mi-ran Ra

The final instalment in Chan-wook Park's vengeance trilogy, after 'Sympathy for Mr Vengeance' and 'Old Boy', this follows the story of Guem-ja, impris... Read more

13 Assassins (2010)

7.6/10
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Yusuke Iseya, Takayuki Yamada, Tsuyoshi Ihara

Acclaimed cult director Takashi Miike's remake of the 1963 Japanese film delivers a bravado period action piece set at the end of Japan's feudal era.... Read more

Raw (2015)

7/10
Director: Julia Ducournau
Starring: Ella Rumpf, Garance Marillier

Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary... Read more

Martha Marcy May Marlene (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

Drunken Master (1978)

7.6/10
Director: Yuen Woo Ping
Starring: Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu Tien, Hwang Jang Lee

Wong Fei Hung (Jackie Chan) is sent to train under his uncle , a wine-guzzling master famous for crippling his students. Desperate to escape this brut... Read more

Beasts of the Southern Wild ( Blu-ray ) (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

Apocalypto (2006)

7.8/10
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead

Mel Gibson's Mayan epic was overshadowed by the director's personal antics, but this hugely-scaled mythological tale is a vivid and ferocious window o... Read more