‘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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Stix and Ice, Hertz Car Sales Coming To Florissant

By Carol Arnett

The Florissant City Council held a public hearing and some second readings on bills Monday night. In the public hearing, First Collinsville Bank asked for approval for a monument sign for the property at 14040 New Halls Ferry Road. The site is near the intersection of the New Halls Ferry and Lindbergh, next to Styger Funeral Home.

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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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Hazelwood Central Baseball Run-Rules North County Classic

By Jim Wieners

High School Baseball Games are seven innings in length with a “Mercy Rule” ending the game after five innings (four and one half if the home team is leading) or later if the run margin is at least 10 runs.

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Tracy Smith FFSD Teacher of the Year

Tracy Smith, Teacher of the Year

Tracy Smith, Teacher of the Year

Tracy Smith is the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Teacher of the Year

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