Hidden Gems: Mission to Lars

***** Tom is 40, and has lived in the same care home for over 20 years. He has Fragile X Syndrome, a kind of ‘autism with bells on,’ as his sister Kate puts it. His life in the pleasant country surroundings of Bystock Court is peaceful and routine, which may seem somewhat at odds with […]

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Review: The Kindergarten Teacher

***½ In a world that doesn’t value art, is it a crime to nurture genius? It sure seems that way to Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the disenchanted teacher and amateur poet at the centre of Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher. A remake of a 2014 Israeli film, The Kindergarten Teacher is a tale of disillusionment […]

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Manga Madness: Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

*½ Ah, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa’s beloved fantasy manga that takes a forgotten science and uses it to tackle themes of corruption, war, and hubris in a fictional world full of multifaceted characters with challenging backstories and complex moral philosophies, each of whom grow and change through their extraordinary experiences and relationships with each other. […]

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