Bob Brown

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

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Losing and winning

Movie | In The Miracle Season, a girls’ volleyball team grapples with the loss of its star player
by Bob Brown
Posted 4/06/18, 07:22 pm

Based on a true story, The Miracle Season adds a worthy title to the catalog of sports films, inspirational or otherwise. It’s refreshing for its novel subject—a girls’ sports team.

The film opens in the fall of 2011 as the defending Iowa girls’ state volleyball champions from Iowa City West High School start their season. Caroline “Line” Found (Danika Yarosh) captains the Lady Trojans and plays setter, a volleyball team’s most important position. Line, an exuberant spirit, also captures the heart of every person she meets—students, teachers, and townsfolk.

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Rights vs. Light

Movie | God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness probes the good and bad of Christians pressing their legal rights
by Bob Brown
Posted 4/02/18, 02:54 pm

To some people, the God’s Not Dead films function as unwelcome Christian Lives Matter protests. The franchise’s first film took on religious discrimination that many Christian students face on university campuses, and the second the pressure that some Christian teachers experience to deny their faith in high school classrooms.

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Monster vs. machine

Movie | Robots square off against giant invaders in predictable Pacific Rim: Uprising
by Bob Brown
Posted 3/29/18, 12:44 pm

Pacific Rim: Uprising is to sci-fi flicks what a bodybuilding competition is to sports—a beefy display with little drama. The formulaic film’s impressive visual effects likely won’t win over viewers hoping for a good story.

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