Bob Brown

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Crisis family

Movie | The Glass Castle is a gripping film about terrible parenting
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/17/17, 09:22 am

In an interview following the closing credits of The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls, 57, who wrote the memoir upon which the film is based, reflects, “I had a wicked childhood. But there were moments of beauty as well.”

Such are the words of an abused child seemingly still covering for wicked parenting.

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Emoji mashup

Movie | In The Emoji Movie, animated icons discover the value of community
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/03/17, 02:45 pm

Emojis—for those of you still relying on facial muscles to express your feelings—are emotion-communicating icons added to emails and text messages. Smartphone users have hundreds at their fingertips, including “smiley face” and “fist bump.”

By turning these icons into movie characters, The Emoji Movie tells the story of one particular emoji’s breakdown and the ensuing havoc. Inside teenager Alex’s phone, Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller) is a “meh”: His sole duty is to convey a blasé mood. But unlike his fellow emojis, Gene shows more than one emotion.

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Apes vs. humans

Movie | Visually stunning War for the Planet of the Apes delivers a masterful conclusion to the sci-fi trilogy
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/21/17, 10:39 am

Full appreciation for the fantastic new War for the Planet of the Apes requires thorough familiarity with the original 1968 Planet of the Apes and its 1970 sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Enjoy the binge: The two sci-fi masterpieces, set 2,000 years in the future, still shock with grim vistas and devastating finales.

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