Bob Brown

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

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Forever flubbed

Television | NBC’s The Good Place spoofs modern life but dodges meaningful discussions of eternity
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/14/17, 02:29 pm

The Good Place, now in its second season on NBC, is a spunky comedy about the afterlife. While theologians might be balking, critics are swooning: The American Film Institute nominated the show as one of its TV Programs of the Year. Humorous and quirky, The Good Place picks apart the little absurdities of earthly life but gives scant insight into eternal matters.

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Broad Green Pictures

Revelers and rivals

Movie | Christmas carols ring hollow in the innuendo-laden caper comedy Just Getting Started
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/14/17, 12:14 pm

Sure, Just Getting Started is only a movie, but it’s still painful to watch seniors act as if their many years have taught them nothing.

“Sex, booze, golf, and then you die,” quips Duke Diver (Morgan Freeman), resident manager of Villa Capri, a luxury retirement community in Palm Springs.

“Heaven is going to be a disappointment to you,” Leo McKay (Tommy Lee Jones) winks back.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Fighting (and more fighting) for justice

Movie | A major league cast can’t save Justice League from a minor league story
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/22/17, 12:42 pm

“Superman is dead! Where does that leave us?” a Central City resident agonizes in the opening sequence of the new film Justice League. The camera pans to a small gravestone bearing the name Clark Joseph Kent.

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