Bob Brown

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

The widow’s mystery

Movie | English period drama My Cousin Rachel is cinematically gorgeous and full of intrigue
by Bob Brown
Posted 6/15/17, 12:17 pm

A well-crafted plot, little objectionable material, and a luxurious production make My Cousin Rachel, based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel, a first-rate mystery.

Orphaned at an early age, Philip (Sam Claflin) was raised by his rich, older cousin, Ambrose. Years later, while summering in Italy, Ambrose meets and marries Rachel (Rachel Weisz), a cousin to both. Ambrose dies unexpectedly, but not before penning a letter to Philip in which he describes his new, younger bride as a “tormentor.”

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Skivvied superhero

Movie | Clever gags and a celebration of brotherhood compete against potty humor in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
by Bob Brown
Posted 6/06/17, 10:06 am

One measure of kid films goes like this: The more bathroom humor, the less appealing the movie. By that gauge, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, based on and animated in the style of the Captain Underpants books by Dav Pilkey, should be a real stinker: The film ventures into all the things that cause fourth-grade boys to snicker. But clever sight gags and one-liners and a celebration of interracial brotherhood make it nigh impossible to throw the film out with the toilet water.

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Evidence against Assad

Documentary | Syria's Disappeared documents evidence of atrocities committed by the Bashar al-Assad regime
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/25/17, 03:11 pm

News footage has brought to light heartbreaking images of Syrian civilians gasping for air, targets of their government’s chemical weapons attacks. But little evidence to date has detailed the systematic kidnapping, torture, and murder of suspected political dissidents by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. That changes with Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad, a new documentary written, directed, and produced by Sara Afshar.

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