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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.

Tanna (2015)

6.9/10
Director: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Starring: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla

Filmed pre-Cyclone Pam on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, this stunningly photographed film tells the star-crossed story of Wawa, a young woman who ha... Read more

The Lost City of Z (2016)

6.6/10
Director: James Gray
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland

At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advance... Read more

Fail Safe (1964)

8/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Henry Fonda, Larry Hagman, Walter Matthau

One of the greatest anti-war thrillers ever. This tense Cold War offering is about a squad of American bombers that are accidentally sent to deliver a... Read more

Mandy (2018)

6.7/10
Director: Panos Cosmatos
Starring: Bill Duke, Linus Roache, Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Richard Brake, Ned De...

In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely... Read more

American Gods: Season 1 (2017)

8.1/10
Starring: Crispin Glover, Gillian Anderson, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber,...

Based on the international best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods follows Shadow Moon as he embarks on a road trip across America with the e... Read more

Shutter Island ( Blu-ray ) (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

Sharp Objects (2018)

8.3/10
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Starring: Henry Czerny, Matt Craven, Patricia Clarkson, Amy Adams, Miguel Sandoval, Chris...

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the... Read more

The Wind Rises ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Hayao Miyazaki

The great Japanese animator Miyazaki Hayao has announced his retirement at the age of 72. If he sticks to his word he will have gone out on a sublime... Read more

Shaolin Soccer (2001)

7.3/10
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Vicki Zhao

Sing is an exceptionally skilled Shaolin kung fu devotee who's fallen on hard times when his amazing 'leg of steel' catches the eye of an equally down... Read more

The Theory of Everything ( Blu-ray ) (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