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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.

13 Assassins (2010)

7.6/10
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Koji Yakusho, Yusuke Iseya, Takayuki Yamada, Tsuyoshi Ihara

Acclaimed cult director Takashi Miike's remake of the 1963 Japanese film delivers a bravado period action piece set at the end of Japan's feudal era.... Read more

A Bittersweet Life (2005)

7.6/10
Director: Kim Jee-Woon
Starring: Min-a Shin, Byung-hun Lee, Yeong-Cheol Kim

For the past seven years super-smooth Sun-woo (Byung-hun Lee) has served his gangster boss with unflinching loyalty. He is such a trusty that his bos... Read more

A Ghost Story (2017)

6.9/10
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara

A passionate young couple, unexpectedly separated by a shocking loss, discover an eternal connection and a love that is infinite. Read more

A Royal Affair ( Blu-ray ) (2012)

7.6/10
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard

A Danish period drama based on the true story of Caroline Mathilde (Alicia Vikander), the English princess who married King Christian VII of Denmark i... 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

Aberdeen (2000)

7.1/10
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Lena Headey, Jean Anderson, Charlotte Rampling

A mom dying in Aberdeen, Scotland, asks her coke snorting, nympho, London lawyer daughter to get her estranged, alcoholic dad in Oslo, Norway, to Aber... Read more

About Elly (2009)

8.1/10
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Merila Z...

From Asghar Farhadi, director of the acclaimed "A Separation", comes a gripping tale of secrets and lies amongst a tight-knit group of friends holiday... Read more

American Gangster (2007)

7.8/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Josh Brolin, Cuba Gooding Jr

Ridley Scott's rivetting real-life crime drama stars Denzel Washington as '70s drug kingpin Frank Lucas, who wrested control of the Harlem heroin trad... Read more

American Gangster ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

7.8/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Josh Brolin, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr, Denzel Washington...

Ridley Scott's rivetting real-life crime drama stars Denzel Washington as '70s drug kingpin Frank Lucas, who wrested control of the Harlem heroin trad... 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