Bob Brown

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

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Latest Turtles flick proves reptiles can be super heroes

Movie | The blockbuster is more of an action movie than a family feature
by Bob Brown
Posted 6/09/16, 09:00 am

For those who don’t keep pace with the franchise’s developments, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles probably conjures up images of the bulky, Jim Henson-designed animatronic costumes actors wore during the first two Turtles movies from the early 1990s.

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It’s easy to see why Alice Through the Looking Glass opened this past weekend to a strong No. 2 showing at the box office: Dazzling special effects create a fantastic visual realm. But moviegoers who expect more in a story will probably feel disappointed—or, if like me, a bit sad. As characters traded stale quips, I reflected on Robin Williams’ singular talent to enliven movies with his madcap energy and brilliant ad libs. This film needed him.

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The Nice Guys disturbingly blurs lines between adults and children

by Bob Brown
Posted 5/28/16, 11:00 am

Even when packaged as entertainment, ideas have consequences. That’s why WORLD occasionally reviews a movie like The Nice Guys, whose MPAA rating alone should serve as a sufficient warning for parents who want to protect their children (and themselves) from indecent viewing material. But sometimes it’s necessary to stoop low and put an ear to the ground to detect the herd of beasts thundering toward our wagons.

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