Bob Brown

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

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Shaun the Sheep is sheer fun for the whole flock

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/10/15, 10:58 am

The best kids’ films entertain children, tickle parents with sophisticated humor, and teach an important moral lesson. Although it doesn’t stand out in any one of these three categories, Shaun the Sheep Movie nevertheless qualifies as good, almost-clean fun for the entire family.

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Vacation takes moviegoers on an infernal ride

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/04/15, 12:40 pm

It would be difficult to conceive of a movie more out of touch with reality and decency than the recently released remake of Vacation. Admittedly, secular cultural forces started dissembling the nuclear family long before Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), in the original 1983 film, station-wagoned his wife, daughter, and son, Rusty, from Chicago to fictional Walley World in Los Angeles. Directors John Daley and Jonathan Goldstein—also two of the remake’s three writers—roll out a traditional family unit in the new version, but they plaster it in nastiness.

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Pixels displays more comedy 0's than 1's

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/30/15, 02:32 pm

Campy comedy classics enjoy box office success and sometimes critical acclaim thanks to memorably offbeat humor. Although Pixels may not rank with the likes of Airplane! and Spaceballs, its surprising assortment of hilarious one-liners burnish an otherwise lackluster film.

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