Bob Brown

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

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Pixels displays more comedy 0's than 1's

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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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Thriller Self/less rues lost fatherhood

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by Bob Brown
Posted 7/13/15, 03:32 pm

Hollywood occasionally admits money can’t buy happiness but rarely owns up to its role in disconnecting men from their families. Self/less, a better-than-average medical sci-fi thriller, shines a spotlight on greed’s consequences and expresses remorse for a generation’s lost fatherhood.

Billionaire real estate tycoon Damian Hale (Ben Kingsley) built much of New York City but rarely spent time with his daughter, Claire (Michelle Dockery). Now cancer rifles his lungs and liver, and doctors have given him only months to live.

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Minions suffers without Gru

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by Bob Brown
Posted 7/10/15, 05:23 pm

Universal Pictures executives would do well to reconsider this time-proven advice: “Dance with the one who brung ya.” Lacking a charismatic lead character like Despicable Me’s Gru, the much-anticipated Minions waltzes stiffly across the screen.

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