Bob Brown

Bob is a movie reviewer for WORLD. He is a World Journalism Institute graduate and works as a math professor. Bob resides with his wife, Lisa, and five kids in Bel Air, Md. Follow him on Twitter @RightTwoLife.

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Child-centered superheroism

Movie | It’s not just the kids who are juvenile in We Can Be Heroes
by Bob Brown
Posted 2/11/21, 02:23 pm

In the new movie We Can Be Heroes (rated PG), streaming on Netflix, aliens invade Earth and capture the Heroics, the planet’s team of superheroes. The Heroics’ children, who have their own special powers, must learn to work together because, as Missy (YaYa Gos­selin) urges her tween-age sidekicks, “If we want to rescue our parents and save the planet, we’re going to need to do it now.” 

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Spies in a deadly game

Television | Spycraft examines the dangerous world of intelligence gathering
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/28/21, 12:55 pm

In a new Netflix docuseries, former intelligence officers explain past and present tricks and tools of the spy trade. Spycraft serves as an informative short course on the intelligence game: basic terminology, operational strategies, exotic weapons, notorious cases, and the latest technology—all sorted into eight topical episodes.

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Disenchantment is not the charm

Television | Matt Groening’s third major animated TV series reaches a new low in tasteless humor
by Bob Brown
Posted 1/28/21, 12:34 pm

Disenchantment, from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, is set in a mythical medieval world. The story begins with Princess Bean trying to avoid an arranged marriage. She adventures with Elfo, an overly optimistic elf, and a diminutive demon named Luci. In Bean, Groening updates his strong female protagonist—Lisa (The Simpsons) and Leela (Futurama) were the first iterations—but leaves her with few, if any, noble qualities. 

The same goes for the entire show. 

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