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No Doubt the Dining Divas Liked Gus’ Chicken Fried

By Lisa Kampeter**Lisa Kampeter photo** revised

I was a little hesitant about the latest restaurant of choice for the Dining Divas. First, they don’t take reservations. Second, every time I’ve driven by, there’s been a line outside the door. And finally, their specialty is fried chicken, and the last time we went to a place like that, I heard more complaints than compliments from the Divas. They couldn’t seem to be able to accept the restaurant’s chicken and sides’ prices compared to a place like KFC!

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‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is More Hitchcockian Thriller than SciFi

by Sandra Olmsted

Director Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, a sequel in name only and perhaps it being the same alien invasion, provides entirely different thrills and chills than the original Cloverfield. Huge fans of the original Cloverfield’s handheld realism will be disappointed, but if handheld camera work causes queasiness, 10 Cloverfield Lane will delight — in a spine-chilling sort of way.

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Fun Fantasy for All Ages

by Sandra Olmsted

In Disney’s latest animated film, Zootopia, an anthropomorphic world exists, and all animals, predators and prey, live in perfect harmony. Despite all this inter-species harmony, a bunny girl, namely Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin), must struggle against stereotyping to become the first bunny police officer.

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Dining Divas Discover Great Things Cooking in Mathew’s Kitchen

**Lisa Kampeter photo** revised

By Lisa Kampeter

   It doesn’t happen often. The Dining Divas returned to a location that we’d been to before. But now it is a different restaurant.   This happened before at a restaurant in St. Charles. And there was one in Alton. And now another one we discovered, in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. Sometimes you wonder if it’s the restaurant or the location that doesn’t work.

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The Revenant, The Big Short, Spotlight aretop films

Oscar Predictions for 2016


           by Sandra Olmsted

The big night, the Academy Awards Ceremony, is just days away, and it’s time for me to go out on the proverbial limb and make my predictions. The big question is “How or will the Academy members’ voting be influenced by the controversy regarding its lack of diversity?”

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Hail, Caesar: Revisionist Eddie Mannix Had Ties

by Sandra Olmsted

The Eddie Mannix portrayed by Josh Brolin in the Coen Brothers latest film, Hail, Caesar, bears little resemblance to any account of the real man I have encountered in my considerable research on Hollywood. The real Edie Mannix had some connection with the mob before moving into working for MGM as the studio’s “Fixer,” comptroller, and general manager.

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