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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.

12 Monkeys (1995)

7.6/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe

Inspired by Chris Marker's short film 'La Jetee' (also available) and set in the near future where a prisoner is sent back in time to the 90's to dis... Read more

12 Monkeys ( Blu-ray ) (1995)

7.6/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Christopher Plummer, Madeleine Stowe

Inspired by Chris Marker's short film 'La Jetee' (also available) and set in the near future where a prisoner is sent back in time to the 90's to disc... Read more

45 Years (2015)

7.1/10
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Dolly Wells, Sam Alexander, Hannah Chambers

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay shared the acting honours at the Berlin Film Festival for their roles as a long-married couple suddenly prompted... Read more

A History of Violence (2005)

7.5/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Maria Bello, Ashton Holmes, Stephen Mc...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... Read more

A History of Violence ( Blu-ray ) (2005)

7.5/10
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Ed Harris, Maria Bello, Viggo Mortensen, William Hurt, Stephen McHattie, Ashton...

Adapted from a graphic novel, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) is a quiet man living a quiet life in Indiana. A quiet shattered when a pair of fugitives wa... Read more

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

7/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom, Charlotta Larsson, Viktor Gyllenberg

The deeply eccentric Roy Anderssons meticulously mounted comic sketches move from historic fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as he muses on human... Read more

A Serious Man (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

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

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

7.2/10
Director: Kim Jee-Woon
Starring: Su-jeong Lim, Geun-yeong Mun, Jung-ah Yum, Kap-su Kim

The Asian pop culture crossover continues with this eerie South Korean horror, with more than a shiver of recognition from the modern Japanese classic... Read more

A Woman's Life (2016)

6.5/10
Director: Stephane Brize
Starring: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau

A fragmented account of the life of Jeanne as she sets out on the path of adult life and gradually experiences the harsh realities of a woman's life i... Read more