Bob Brown

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

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Minions suffers without Gru

Movie
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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Terminator Genisys

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/10/15, 01:00 am

A Terminator movie that ends with a kiss?! Tells you everything you need to know. Terminator Genisys, the fifth installment of a 30-year sci-fi cartel, abandons the franchise’s commitment to flawed heroes and dispiriting finales.

In the near future, a computer network, Skynet, gains consciousness and commandeers the world’s nuclear arsenals, wiping out billions of people on “Judgment Day.” Skynet-controlled terminators hunt the survivors. John Connor emerges as the leader of the resistance.

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Ryan Michael Hackett

Faith of Our Fathers

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/10/15, 01:00 am

Two soldiers spend the final 72 hours of their lives discussing God and writing home. Almost 30 years later, their sons meet and travel to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In Faith of Our Fathers, writers Kevin Downes and David A.R. White advance a promising story, but their own amateurish acting hamstrings its unfolding.

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