Bob Brown

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

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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Associated Press/Photo by Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Pictures

Creed deserves a box-office win

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/30/15, 12:20 pm

Moviegoers are right to be skeptical about stepping back into the ring with Rocky, the six-film franchise that took a beating early in the fourth round. But the spirited new Creed will change many minds. In spite of a few weaknesses, which even the best fighters have, Creed prevails as a winner.

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Pixar-Disney

The Good Dinosaur confirms the traditional family unit is not extinct

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/28/15, 09:00 am

The Good Dinosaur opens 65 million years ago when what would be an Earth-shattering meteor narrowly misses the planet. Consequently, dinosaurs live on and evolve into farmers, while humans lag behind the Darwinian 8-ball. Some viewers might have a fossilized bone to pick with the convoluted origins mythology, but the film strongly promotes the traditional family unit structure.

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