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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.

Killer Joe (2011)

6.7/10
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Gina Gershon, Matthew McConaughey, Thomas Haden Church, Emile Hirsch, Juno Templ...

Following their earlier collaboration, "Bug", director William Friedkin and playwright Tracy Letts re-team for 'a totally twisted deep-fried Texas red... Read more

Early Summer (1951)

8.2/10
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Ichiro Sugai, Chikage Awashima, Kuniko Miyake

Setsuko Hara has been promised an arranged marriage in post-war Japan, but too much in the world has changed for her not to challenge this tradition.... Read more

Le Quattro Volte ( Four Times ) (2010)

7.2/10
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Starring: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano

An unclassifiably brilliant reverie on life, death, nature and the splendours of Calabria, "Le Quattro Volte" is a deceptively simple and playfully ph... Read more

Carol ( Blu-ray ) (2015)

7.2/10
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Cory Micha...

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves... Read more

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1993)

7.1/10
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Andie MacDowell, Charlotte Coleman, Corin Redgrave, Hugh Grant, John Hannah, Kri...

Funny, agreeably sweet and exceptionally well-acted and directed, this box office smash follows the fortunes of Hugh Grant and his mates as they meet... Read more

Amores Perros (2000)

8.1/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, Emilio Echevarria

A.k.a. "Love's A Bitch". Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu makes his directorial debut in an honest, raw, unapologetic look at the total human experience. S... Read more

The Place Beyond the Pines ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

7.9/10
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Bruce Greenwood, Harris Yulin, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne, Ryan Gosl...

From the acclaimed director of "Blue Valentine", Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper star in this epic, riveting crime drama about the unbreakable bond be... Read more

Mommy (2014)

8.1/10
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilan, Suzanne Clement, Patrick Huard

French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan was 25 when he delivered his fifth feature to Cannes in 2014. What's truly precocious is the power of the exub... Read more

Her ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

8/10
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, "Her" follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing tou... Read more

Corpse Bride (2005)

7.4/10
Director: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson
Starring: Voices Of, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Watson, Tracey Ullman, Danny...

Tim Burton returns to the world of stop-motion with this macabre comedy about a man who accidentally marries a corpse! A hugely talented voice cast i... Read more