Bob Brown

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

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Battle of the minds

Movie | Unconventional, minimalist war film The Wall charts new ground, Hitchcock-style
by Bob Brown
Posted 5/16/17, 09:52 am

Had Alfred Hitchcock made a genre-busting war movie, it might have looked like The Wall. In the film, the camera never leaves an acre of sand broiling under the Middle Eastern sun and lost in horizon-to-horizon barrenness. Director Doug Liman, who produced The Bourne Identity, nudges his one-act drama forward through minute twists. The story fixes on a solitary soldier’s struggle to survive a hidden enemy’s psychological and martial assault.

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Born in China

Documentary
by Bob Brown
Posted 4/26/17, 10:44 pm

Disney’s new nature documentary doesn’t acknowledge that God spoke into existence the lush diversity of life on Earth. No surprise there. But the film’s second irony is revealed in its title: Born in China.

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Romance amid a slaughter

Movie | Love story detracts from The Promise, but the film about the Armenian genocide is still worth seeing
by Bob Brown
Posted 4/21/17, 05:07 pm

Why did it take Hollywood so long to make a major motion picture about the Turkish government’s systematic extermination of more than 1 million Armenians a century ago? Perhaps because the victims were largely Christians. A better question: Will The Promise raise awareness of the persecutions Christians continue to face in that part of the world, particularly in Syria? The film doesn’t connect the dots from past to present, and viewers might invest more in the film’s romantic storyline than its history lesson, so we’ll have to see.

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