Bob Brown

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

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From the front lines

Documentary | War film offers a bracing look at the civil war in Congo
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/05/18, 01:43 pm

This is Congo: Mortar rounds fired from a military truck scream in flight, sending villagers on a dirt road diving into the brush for cover. A water tanker pulls into a tent-strewn displacement camp, where a throng carrying buckets and pans rushes to meet it. A woman takes a bag of semiprecious gemstones by motorcycle across the border for an illegal transaction.

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Flawed diamond

Movie | Waylaid by shallow storytelling, the cast of Ocean’s 8 fails to steal the show
by Bob Brown
Posted 6/14/18, 01:02 pm

Of course you can’t call a two-hour timeout on the Eighth Commandment, but heist flicks are supposed to be fun. Not so Ocean’s 8. Like the 6-pound diamond necklace at the center of the crime, this third follow-up to the 2001 hit Ocean’s Eleven (Twelve, Thirteen, and now 8) dazzles the eye but has no life in it.

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A close-up with the pope

Documentary | In new documentary Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, the pontiff talks poverty, environment
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/17/18, 11:15 am

Since taking his place at the Vatican five years ago, Pope Francis has labored to open wide the doors of the Roman Catholic Church. He’s reached out to homosexuals, divorced individuals, and non-Catholic faith groups. In Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, producers Wim Wenders and David Rosier, past Academy Award nominees, document this effort, assembling clips from the pope’s public speeches. Pope Francis also pontificates (fittingly) on important issues for the filmmakers’ camera.

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