Bob Brown

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Our Brand Is Crisis deserves nomination for dullest movie of the year

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/03/15, 03:20 pm

The release of Our Brand Is Crisis coincides with one of the more colorful American presidential primary seasons in recent memory. Unfortunately, it isn’t half as interesting as a real-life Republican debate. Crisis tells the tale of a last-place campaign’s upswing, propelled by dirty tricks of the trade, but makes drab work out of potentially entertaining and thought-provoking material. Campaign boss wannabes might pick up a few pointers from the film, but others considering buying a ticket might elect to sit this one out.

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Associated Press/Photo by Alex Bailey/The Weinstein Company

Burnt toasts high-stakes food prep biz

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by Bob Brown
Posted 11/03/15, 01:20 pm

Burnt follows one fictional chef’s comeback in the restaurant business, a dog-eat-dog world where success brings superstar status and all of its trappings.

Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was the head chef of a high-end Paris restaurant until he plunged into alcohol, drugs, and promiscuity. Not only did he destroy his own career, he ruined the restaurant and put its staff in the unemployment line. Along the way, he made enemies of other chefs and ran up huge drug debts.

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Associated Press/Photo by Kerry Brown/Open Road Films

Rock the Kasbah takes many wrong turns

Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 10/27/15, 03:35 pm

It seems nobody in Rock the Kasbah—not the lead character, not even the director—knows where he’s going or where he’ll end up. With the right company, though, a road trip to nowhere can be kind of fun. This one isn’t.

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