Bob Brown

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

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Mixed message

Movie | Redemption and romance compete for the plot in God Bless the Broken Road
by Bob Brown
Posted 9/13/18, 02:18 pm

Precisely half the audience at the opening night showing of God Bless the Broken Road that I attended seemed to enjoy the new faith film. The other patron laughed and gasped throughout, while I groaned in silence.

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Blood and guns

Movie | Gratuitously violent Mile 22 bombs with meaningless plot
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/21/18, 04:40 pm

The good news is that “no animals were harmed” in the making of Mile 22. The bad news is that depictions of violence against human beings splatter the screen from start to finish. The new film (rated R for strong violence and foul language throughout) frolics in spinning kicks, grenade blasts, gunshots to the head, and even an admittedly ironic beating death using pieces of a hospital bed. Adding insult to injuries, Mile 22 sidesteps the moral tightropes and political intrigues that protagonists navigate in some worthwhile action thrillers.

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Hidden inside

Television | Castle Rock straddles the psychological-supernatural fence
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/16/18, 12:51 pm

Shawshank State Prison hides an unregistered inmate.

“Warden Lacy told me the devil was a boy, and Old Dale caught him and locked him in a box.” Thus retired sheriff Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn) warns Shawshank’s new warden, who has replaced Lacy (Terry O’Quinn), recently dead by suicide.

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