Bob Brown

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

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One small step

Movie | Moonwalker biopic First Man shows the ordinary and fleeting nature of mankind’s greatest achievement
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/17/18, 12:37 pm

Watching First Man might give viewers some sympathy for conspiracy theorists who allege the moon landings were faked: Roll back technology a half century, and such an achievement seems positively outlandish. In launch and flight scenes, the new film squeezes you into the rattling capsule clogged with myriad switches and wires. It makes you wonder, as the metal can’s occupants must have wondered, how the thing could get off the ground, let alone navigate through space’s vacuum to a distant, lifeless rock marked by no more than a borrowed drop of sunlight.

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20th Century Fox

Lives in the balance

Movie | The Hate U Give tackles important topics but offers hollow advice
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/11/18, 01:16 pm

Critics are heaping praise on the fictional drama The Hate U Give for its message condemning racism and police brutality. But it’s one thing to spotlight problems, and another to offer substantive solutions.

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Freestyle Releasing

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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