Bob Brown

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

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Emoji mashup

Movie | In The Emoji Movie, animated icons discover the value of community
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/03/17, 02:45 pm

Emojis—for those of you still relying on facial muscles to express your feelings—are emotion-communicating icons added to emails and text messages. Smartphone users have hundreds at their fingertips, including “smiley face” and “fist bump.”

By turning these icons into movie characters, The Emoji Movie tells the story of one particular emoji’s breakdown and the ensuing havoc. Inside teenager Alex’s phone, Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller) is a “meh”: His sole duty is to convey a blasé mood. But unlike his fellow emojis, Gene shows more than one emotion.

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Apes vs. humans

Movie | Visually stunning War for the Planet of the Apes delivers a masterful conclusion to the sci-fi trilogy
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/21/17, 10:39 am

Full appreciation for the fantastic new War for the Planet of the Apes requires thorough familiarity with the original 1968 Planet of the Apes and its 1970 sequel, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Enjoy the binge: The two sci-fi masterpieces, set 2,000 years in the future, still shock with grim vistas and devastating finales.

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True Gru

Movie | Reformed supervillain and his Minions reunite in entertaining Despicable Me 3
by Bob Brown
Posted 7/06/17, 12:32 pm

Gru, the supervillain turned adoptive dad of three girls, is back in the entertaining Despicable Me 3. The series’ bland 2015 spinoff, Minions, showed the little yellow imps aren’t stars enough for their own movie. Rather, it’s Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) who makes the films. Add in two new kooky characters, fantastic animation, and toe-tapping music, and the franchise returns to its winning ways, although with less of its trademark dark humor. Sadly, several gratuitous crudities spoil the party.

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