Bob Brown

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

American Hero Movie

Finding a voice

Movie | Voiceless takes a hard look at effective opposition to abortion
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/14/16, 01:00 am

After a slow start that has all the makings of another tepid Christian drama, Voiceless gets real—with no angelic hero, and no bow-tied ending. Writer/director Pat Necerato intimates that effective opposition to abortion will require the church to get its hands a little dirty.

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Miss Peregrine trades feeling for beauty

Movie | Dull characters flatten a visually sensational film
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/03/16, 02:08 pm

Director Tim Burton is known for telling quirky tales (Edward Scissorhands) full of mirth (Beetlejuice) and melancholy (Corpse Bride). That’s likely why his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (adapted from Ransom Riggs’ young-adult novel by the same name), opened in the No. 1 spot at the box office this past weekend. The film’s visually rich architecture lives up to the hype, but the characters’ emotional flatness dulls an otherwise entertaining journey.

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Hollywood delivers life-affirming animated film

Movie | Storks counters society's usual tropes about ‘choice’
by Bob Brown
Posted 9/23/16, 03:22 pm

According to centuries-old folklore, storks deliver newborn babies. Modern mythology asserts delivering a baby at all is a “choice,” but Hollywood seems to be slowly reconsidering that idea. The new animated film Storks takes the film industry another baby step in the right direction.

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