Bob Brown

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

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Kubo and the Two Strings stumbles over confusing themes

Movie | While not as mindless as most family fare, superbly animated film sends mixed messages
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/22/16, 01:22 pm

Set in ancient Japan, the new animated film Kubo and the Two Strings tells a magical fantasy story centered on a boy’s search to find the truth about his dead father. Exquisite stop-motion animation marks the film’s technical production as superior even to today’s high industry standard. But seemingly contradictory themes, although not fatal to the plot, muddy the storytelling.

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Hush

Documentary | Pro-abortion filmmaker exposes the truth about the abortion–breast cancer link
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/19/16, 01:00 am

Punam Kumar Gill once believed that claims linking abortion to breast cancer were “pro-life scare attempts.” The pro-abortion filmmaker’s own investigation culminated in Hush, a bombshell documentary she wrote and directed that seems to explode every medical establishment equivocation about the abortion–breast cancer (ABC) link.

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Suicide Squad serves up bullets and ambiguity

Movie | Box office record-breaker starts with a promising premise that doesn’t pan out
by Bob Brown
Posted 8/09/16, 04:30 pm

Suicide Squad, based on a DC Comics strip by the same name, shattered the box office record for an August film opening over the weekend. Evidently company loves misery: The new fantasy-action thriller indulges the modern urge to view hailstorms of bullets puncturing a fog of moral ambiguity. In his Confessions, Augustine called this sort of vicarious thrill “a miserable madness.”

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