Bob Brown

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

Rebuilding a relationship

Movie | The action-packed Lego Ninjago Movie takes a serious turn
by Bob Brown
Posted 9/28/17, 03:30 pm

Kids’ movies often avoid tackling weighty matters because of the intended audience’s immaturity. Such films typically settle for lessons like “The strongest weapon is inside you,” as Master Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan) teaches his young protégés in the mildly funny Lego Ninjago Movie. But this film’s writers, by dealing squarely with absentee fatherhood, seem determined to go where few animated movies have gone before.

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Twentieth Century Fox

Not-so-crafty spycraft

Movie | Objectionable content and dull dialogue shoot down spy spoof Kingsman: The Golden Circle
by Bob Brown
Posted 9/28/17, 09:34 am

A wild car chase through London streets in the opening scene of Kingsman: The Golden Circle thrills like a James Bond action sequence. But when a prosthetic arm, newly severed from its windshield-ejected owner, crawls through a car and hacks an onboard computer, viewers (like me) unfamiliar with the franchise’s Kingsman comic book series source material and 2015 original film start to get the real picture.

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A dangerous duty

Documentary | Fallen spotlights the risks police officers face—and the sacrifices they make
by Bob Brown
Posted 9/14/17, 12:56 pm

In Fallen, writer-director Thomas Marchese notes that 1,832 U.S. service members died in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. During that same period, he adds, 2,181 American police officers were killed in the line of duty—on average, one every other day.

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