Bob Brown

Bob is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute’s mid-career course.

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Predictable chills grow in The Forest

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/09/16, 08:00 am

Not waiting for Star Wars to slow down at the box office, Hollywood is returning to its regularly scheduled programming of weekly, medium-budget scare flicks. Opening this weekend, The Forest tells the tale of a young woman braving demons within and without as she looks for her lost sister.

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Brutal violence overshadows The Hateful Eight's intriguing story

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/04/16, 12:40 pm

Quentin Tarantino’s two Oscar wins and one nomination for best screenplay make him one of Hollywood’s favorite storytellers. His eighth and latest production, The Hateful Eight, might earn the same honor; it already has a Golden Globe nomination for best screenplay. But for many people, Tarantino’s penchant for drenching his films in violence and vulgarity—The Hateful Eight being no exception—makes them anathema.

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Joy lacks the charm of a real rag-mop-to-riches story

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/02/16, 02:55 pm

Joy is “inspired by the true stories of daring women,” the film’s opening credits promise. “One in particular.” That inspiration is cable TV shopping maven, Joy Mangano. In the title role, Jennifer Lawrence revives her familiar girl-versus-world movie persona. But instead of defying tyrants from behind a bow and arrow, Lawrence as Joy rises to power on a mop.

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