Bob Brown

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Stunning new Mad Max installment shortchanges story

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/18/15, 10:27 am

Mad Max: Fury Road sets new industry standards in costumes and vehicular action sequences, cranking lavish special effects up to 11—with 3D glasses, up to 111! But the latest installment of this 1980s-era cult classic franchise is hardly more than a protracted car chase: Even 3D glasses can’t bring depth to the film’s flat characters and one-dimensional plot.

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Hot Pursuit

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/15/15, 01:00 am

From its opening scene, Hot Pursuit is so slow-moving (“How slow is it?!”) Al Cowlings could have outrun it in his white Ford Bronco. Even so, the well-cast doll and drawl tandem, Sofía Vergara and Reese Witherspoon, can’t elude the lumbering script.

Deputy Cooper (Witherspoon) is a diminutive, by-the-book police officer assigned to protect Mrs. Riva (Vergara), the tall, voluptuous widow of a drug dealer knocked off by thugs for turning state’s evidence. Dirty cops and gangland assassins chase the pair across Texas.

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More babies born at 22 weeks of gestation survive with help

Medicine
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/11/15, 04:25 pm

Babies born as early as 22 weeks are surviving in greater numbers with medical intervention, according to a new study that could impact the abortion debate. The age of viability when a baby can survive outside the womb is generally accepted as 24 weeks of gestation. The earliest-reported surviving premature baby—who will celebrate his 28th birthday next week—was born at 21 weeks and 5 days.

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