Bob Brown

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


A delightful treat

Movie | It isn't perfect, but Trolls is worth seeing
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/09/16, 01:08 pm

The Bergens are miserable creatures, orthodontically challenged ogres fated, they believe, to wallowing in gloominess 364 days a year. But on Trollstice, they can taste happiness by capturing and eating an ever-cheerful Troll.

The Trolls have successfully lived in hiding for 20 years, but a fireworks-laced celebration betrays their location. Scowling, quadruple-chinned Chef (voiced by Christine Baranski), who has designs on wresting the throne of Bergen Town from baby-faced King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), captures some of them.

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Pure Flix

Inspirational life

Movie | I’m Not Ashamed looks at the life of a normal American teen who died affirming her faith
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/28/16, 01:00 am

I’m Not Ashamed, a new film about Columbine High School shooting victim Rachel Joy Scott (Masey McLain), takes an honest look at the life of a normal American teen who died while affirming her faith. Rachel was 17 at her death on April 20, 1999, but believers of all ages will relate to her stumbling between faith and fitting in. Her eventual decision to get serious for Christ, however, will inspire generations to come.

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Associated Press/Photo by Chiabella James/Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions

Heed Jack Reacher’s latest advice: Never go back

Movie | Conventional action movie sequel has few thrills or surprises
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/22/16, 04:01 pm

The Jason Bourne series set the standard for thrillers featuring an ex-military loner operating in the post-9/11 era. While the original Jack Reacher film nearly met this standard, its follow-up, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, falls considerably short. Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise) shares Jason Bourne’s almost superhuman ability to defend himself with or without weapons against great odds, but he lacks the emotional vulnerability that gives Bourne charisma.

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