Bob Brown

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

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Nothing jolly about Christmas in Krampus

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/08/15, 12:38 pm

Eleven-year-old Max Engle (Emjay Anthony) tears up his letter to Santa and throws the tatters out his bedroom window into the clear December night. He wishes out loud Christmas would never come. It’s easy to see why.

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Provocative Chi-Raq takes on inner-city violence

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/07/15, 03:55 pm

Spike Lee has a knack for making movies that can blow away viewers. His latest film, Chi-Raq, is no exception—a whirlwind of blaxploitation cinema and ancient Greek drama swirling around a semi-musical core about gang violence. The dizzying burlesque will disorient some viewers, but those who ride it out will find a steely rebuke.

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20th Century Fox

Sophomoric storytelling dismantles Victor Frankenstein

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/03/15, 10:50 am

Victor Frankenstein opens at a circus, setting the tone for the rest of the film. The persistent exaggerated dramatics would be appropriate if the film were a comedy or a satire of Frankenstein movies, but Victor Frankenstein is not funny or clever (or scary). Apparently striving for sincerity, the film manages only to sew together a silly assemblage of characters and scenes that doesn’t entertain or enlighten.

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