Bob Brown

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

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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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Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Village blues

Movie | Smurfs: The Lost Village offers a charming but forgettable tale
by Bob Brown
Posted 4/13/17, 05:25 pm

Smurfs: The Lost Village celebrates girl power as only a movie starring blue, mushroom-dwelling humanoids can. Positive messages dot the dialogue, and vibrant colors enliven whimsical animation. But the film offers little substance, stringing together fast-paced but forgettable scenes.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

A wrinkle in crime

Movie | Old-timer bank robbers just want their fair share in Going in Style
by Bob Brown
Posted 4/13/17, 12:14 pm

On the list of the best caper movies, the clever and funny Dirty Rotten Scoundrels sits near the top. The 1988 hit starring Michael Caine works in part because it doesn’t whitewash its characters’ chicanery. But the new heist flick Going in Style, also starring Caine, hands over its wallet to the wealth-redistribution agenda setters, and they rob the film of much of its fun.

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