Foxcatcher: Great Performances But Bleak and Long

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which has already garnered prestigious accolates, mostly for acting, chronicles the true store of eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont’s (Steve Carell) descent into madness and murder.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is Thrilling Finale

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Peter Jackson’s final installment in his extended adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is definite the best of his three prequels to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which Jackson also directed. For The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Jackson pulls out every computer generated image and special effect trick he knows and uses them well to create his leanest, most thrilling film in his Hobbit trilogy. The film also resolves a number of subplots that have been swirling through Jackson’s artificially lengthened trilogy based on one thin novel.

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A Christmas Light Cruise Through Florissant

A house on South Jefferson Street is lit up for the season.

A house on South Jefferson Street is lit up for the season.

By Nichole Fetters

As a child, every Christmastime my parents would drive our family around town after dark to ooh and aah over the neighborhood homes decorated for the holiday. We would pick out our favorites; which had the brightest lights and which had the best Santa’s sleigh perched atop the roof. As a child, I found this time of year absolutely amazing.

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The Real Christmas Story Had its Moments

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By Tom Anselm

These days in our neighborhoods, many are wondering whose side they are on. Whose side am I on? Well this year, I am on the side of the Christmas Child. And just what does that mean this year especially, with such turmoil in our region that just does not seem to want to end?

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Learning to Deal With Defeat Tough For Kids

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

I usually save my holiday rant for the last issue of the year but I broke it out in the past issue and thanks for all of the feedback about it.

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Civic Center Theatre Announces January Shows

The Florissant Civic Center Theatre has three shows lined up for January, including a children’s show.

Lobby box office hours are Mon. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tues., Wed., Thur., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The Box Office will close each day from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.  To purchase tickets call (314) 921-5678, or by e-mail at FCCT@FlorissantMO.com, online at www.FlorissantMO.com or by mail addressed to: FCC Theatre, #1 James J. Eagan Dr., Florissant, MO 63033.

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