Bob Brown

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

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Lives of dogs

Movie | A Dog’s Purpose is a heartwarming tale with an odd premise
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/27/17, 02:58 pm

Can “man’s best friend” help him answer one of life’s most important questions? Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad), a golden retriever and narrator in the new film A Dog’s Purpose, asks himself, “Why am I here?” But the film’s writers and director Lasse Hallström playfully suggest that seeing things from a dog’s perspective can teach us leash holders a thing or two about ourselves.

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Hometown resurrection

Movie | Lighthearted film ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ extols humility and forgiveness
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/21/17, 12:56 pm

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone might be a tough sell to audiences prowling for sensuality and shoot’em-ups: The lone reason for the film’s PG rating is a crucifixion image. Brett Dalton’s charming performance in the title role, however, livens a predictable plot that’s short on melodrama but long on the life-changing power of forgiveness.

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Assassin’s Creed believes combat trumps coherent plot

Movie | New film based on popular video game centers on search for Biblical artifact, but it’s no Indiana Jones
by Bob Brown
Posted 12/22/16, 04:39 pm

The new movie Assassin’s Creed, based on the popular video game series, offers slim pickings in the hero department. On one side lurks evil corporate type Alan Rikkin (perennial cinematic bad guy Jeremy Irons). Alan heads Abstergo Industries and holds a high rank in the Knights Templar, a secret society. Opposing the Knights Templar are the Assassins, who “work in the darkness to serve the light,” according to their creed. But their work involves a good deal of stabbing and throat-cutting. Hypocritical scientists fit somewhere in between.

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