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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.

Mustang (2015)

7.6/10
Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Starring: Tugba Sunguroglu, Doga Zeynap Doguslu, Gunes Sensoy, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan

While it begins in a burst of lyrical exuberance with schoolchildren frolicking in surf, this knockout first feature from Deniz Gamze Ergüven builds i... Read more

The Brothers Bloom (2008)

6.8/10
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Maximilian Schell, Rachel Weisz, Robbie Coltrane, Ri...

All their lives, brothers Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody) have perfected the fine art of the con. Now they're ready for one last spect... Read more

A Short Film About Love (1988)

8.3/10
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko

A young man falls in love with an older woman who lives in the flats across the courtyard. He watches her and her succession of lovers until she becom... Read more

Tehran Taxi (2015)

Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Jafar Panahi

The great Iranian director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle) has never let being barred from filmmaking stop him. For the third time since the ban wa... Read more

Lean on Pete (2017)

7.2/10
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Amy Seimetz, Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, Chloe Se...

Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter... Read more

A Serious Man ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

7/10
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg

An original and darkly humorous story from Joel and Ethan Coen ("The Big Lebowski") about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics pr... Read more

The Favourite (Blu-Ray) (2018)

7.7/10
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss,...

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies... Read more

Trafic (1972)

7.2/10
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Maria Kimberly, Marcel Fraval

AKA 'Traffic'. Jacques Tati's fifth and final feature, a laugh-filled look at modern society and the automobile, captures the absurdities of human beh... Read more

Akira ( Blu-ray ) (1988)

8.1/10
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

Groundbreaking Japanese animated epic set in the post-WWIII metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. The labyrinthine plot revolves around a battle between oppressive... Read more

Detroit (2017)

7.4/10
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Hannah Murray, Jason...

In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Pol... Read more