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‘Gifted’: Cliched But Moving and Funny

by Sandra Olmsted

Chris Evans and McKenna Grace are uncle and niece in the heart-warming film 'Gifted' opening this Friday.

Chris Evans and McKenna Grace are uncle and niece
in the heart-warming film ‘Gifted’ opening this Friday.

Director Marc Webb’s Gifted tugs on the heartstrings at many turns, yet it also has humor and purveys a sense of redemption. Unabashedly manipulative, the tear jerk moments, especially a cat rescue, will make cat lovers swoon for the male lead, Chris Evans, even more. On the other hand, Gifted shares the indie film qualities of small-scale filmmaking and being driven by solid performances and strong, sparking dialogue, similar to Little Miss Sunshine and Juno. Gifted also has an old Hollywood feel because of the range of emotions plucked at, like Old Yeller or Pollyanna, with a sprinkling of The Trouble with Angels.

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Adult Egg Hunters Put all Their Eggs in One Basket

Story and Photos By Nichole Richardson

Workers sorting and checking each egg to reveal if it’s a winner. If it was, prizes were given out on the spot.

Workers sorting and checking each egg to reveal if it’s a winner. If it was, prizes were given out on the spot.

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Muny Announces More Principal Casting For 99th Season, Opens June 12

Following its initial casting announcement, The Muny has announced additional principal casting for its spectacular 99th season. This star-packed group includes a mixture of some of the brightest names from stage and screen, with many making their Muny debut this summer.

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Florissant and K of C Hosting 1st Food Truck Night of Year

The Knights of Columbus Duchesne Council #2951 and the City of Florissant will be co-sponsoring a Food Truck Knight on Friday, April 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. on the lot near the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine located at 50 rue St. Francois. The trucks will serve until 8 and the band Stillwater will perform until 9. (some trucks may serve later)

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“Going in Style”: Age Old Fun

Friends Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine), and Al (Alan Arkin) decide to get even for their former employer in Going in Style opening today (April 6).

Friends Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine), and Al (Alan Arkin) decide to get even for their former employer in Going in Style opening today (April 6).

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Valley Industries Celebrates 50 Years of Helping the Community

By Nichole Richardson

Valley Industries employees works on Easter Egg Hunt service project.

Valley Industries employees works on Easter Egg Hunt service project.

Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop celebrated their 50th anniversary Saturday, March 4 at the 10th Annual Mayors’ Shamrock Ball fundraiser. Headlined by KSDK-TV, News Channel 5’s chief meteorologist Craig Moeller, the nearly 500 guests all came to show their support while enjoying a night of great food, dancing, and prizes.

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