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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.

20th Century Women (2016)

7.4/10
Director: Mike Mills
Starring: Annette Bening, Billy Crudup, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig

In 1979 Santa Barbara, Calif., Dorothea Fields is a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie, at a moment brim... Read more

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)

7.3/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Udo Samel, Anne Bennent, Branko Samarovski, Otto Grunmandl, Gabriel Cosmin Urdes

Inspired by a shocking true life shooting spree in Vienna in 1993, Michael Haneke's challenging film weaves together fragments of the story in an atte... 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 Private War (2018)

6.7/10
Director: Matthew Heineman
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Tom Hollander, Faye Marsay, Nikki Am...

In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an u... Read more

A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

7.4/10
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Anthony Head

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his homeless shelter, he had no idea just how much his life was about... Read more

A Touch of Sin (2013)

7.1/10
Director: Zhangke Jia
Starring: Zhao Tao, Wang Baoqiang, Wu Jiang, Lanshan Luo, Li Meng

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence. The film was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival... Read more

A Zed and Two Noughts (1985)

Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: Andrea Ferreol, Brian Deacon, Eric Deacon

From the famed director of 'The Draughtsman's Contract' and 'The Belly of an Architect', this film is an erotic, beautiful, disturbing, absurdist and... Read more

Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Akira Terao, Mieko Harada, Mitsuko Baisho

Eight mesmerising tableaus explore the subconscious at various stages of an elderly mans life in this visually stunning work from the master Japanese... 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

Away We Go (2009)

7.1/10
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Catherine O'Hara, Jeff Daniels, Melanie Lynskey, Allison Janney, Paul Schneider,...

Sam Mendes directs this heartfelt comedy starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as an unmarried couple anticipating the birth of their first child.... Read more