About Marshall Frank

Thirty-year veteran of law enforcement with Miami-Dade Police Department, sixteen years in Homicide, retired a captain. Author of seven fiction novels and seven books of non-fiction. Op-Ed writer for Florida Today and TC Palm newspaper. Former symphony violinist. Married, father and grandfather. President, Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard, Inc.
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE GLASS CASTLE” – 8

“The Glass Castle” –  8 out of 10

In a word:  Heartrending

     If you’ve been a parent or child of a loved one who’s suffered from addiction, or are close to others who were similarly victimized, this movie will bring it home.

     Based on a true story and a Best Selling memoir written by Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle introduces us into the nomadic family life of two dirt poor parents and their four dirt poor offspring, told mainly from the viewpoint of Jeanette, the second youngest of the four who eventually pulled herself up from the bottom rung of society into a successful author, writer and gossip columnist.

     The nomadic family is shuttled from shanty to shanty in California, Arizona and West Virginia by the father, Rex Walls, a hopeless but gregarious alcoholic with big dreams and innate smarts, but unable to follow through on anything, forcing his kids, and his wife (Naomi Watts), to live in squalor.

     While the movie portrays Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson) as a basic loving man out of control, the fallout from his actions and inactions create chaos and turmoil – and hunger – among the kids while the mother has little power

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HOUSE OF CARDS – FOX NEWS

What is going on at FOX News? Must be a Viagra epidemic.

     We all hear about accusations of sexual harassment in the public arena, but this is more like a tsunami. Are there any newsmen at FOX that are able to control their libido?

     Or …is there more to the story.  Let’s start with Herman Cain…not necessarily about FOX…but, actually it is. 

HERMAN CAIN:

     Remember the 2011-2012 primary election? Barack Obama was well-grounded in his second campaign to remain the first black president. But wait, during the primary campaigns, another prominent black man – a Republican no less — happened to rise to Number One in the Republican polls. 

     Can’t have that.

     Herman Cain was a successful black businessman, a conservative supporter of the Tea Party. After winning Florida, his poll numbers catapulted him as the top Republican candidate. Amazingly, three women suddenly emerged from obscurity to allege that Mr. Cain had made improper sexual advances, one of them as far back as 1997. One of these accusers just happened to reside in the same apartment building as David Axelrod, former senior advisor to, of all people, President Obama. The leaks got out. Cain’s poll numbers took a dive.

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “KIDNAP” – 8.5

“KIDNAP”  – 8 ½

In a word:  Intense.

     This is a good movie, because it entertains, raises heart rates, captures dire emotions between mother and child, while the 1 hour and 34 minutes fly by like it was half that time. It is packed with “intensity” from beginning to end.

     Halle Berry’s character, a restaurant waitress, is a single mom of a six-year-old boy, in the throes of a custody battle with an ex-husband.  She brings her boy to a local carnival when she takes a brief phone call about the impending court battle and tells her boy to “wait right here.” Moments later, she realizes the child is gone which triggers maternal panic, especially when she spots, at a distance, the child being loaded into a vehicle by a strange bedraggled woman. Berry goes ballistic, racing after the car on foot, to no avail. From there she boards her own vehicle which begins the hour-long, plus, nerve-wracking chase through highways and by-ways, causing too many crashes along the way. But…this is a movie.

     It exudes the same emotions as the movie “Taken” only in this film all the events take place during a single afternoon of a harrowing

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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “DUNKIRK” – 6.5

“DUNKIRK”   –  6 1/2 

In a word:  Nerve-wracking

     This is an unusual movie as it has no stand-out male actors and no females at all. Neither did we see any minorities, nor did we hear any significant foul language. But we did hear guns, bombs, screams and crashes to the highest of decibels which caused me, my wife and our two friends to constantly cover our ears. Add to that, the loudness of haunting deep music strains to accent the horror, played throughout the film to a point of virtual annoyance.    

     The entire movie from beginning to end is set in the 1940 beaches of Dunkirk, France (near the Belgium border) and the English Channel, where British, Belgian, French and Dutch were trapped, at the will of Nazi air raids where it was like picking off ducks in a barrel. The horrific assaults on land and sea caused over 350,000 casualties among allied forces. That does not include the 40,000 that were taken captive nor does it include the German casualty numbers.

     The assault followed the invasion of German forces into France, just weeks before they would march through Paris. The allies were desperate to evacuate, but that would not

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ANOTHER RACIALLY CHARGED COP SHOOTING …BUT

 

There’s been another interracial police shooting death of an unarmed victim in America.

     Big news?  Not this one, apparently.

     This time, it was a black officer in a Minneapolis police car who shot down an unarmed 40-year-old white female who (get this) was the complainant on a suspicious person call in the neighborhood.  That’s right.  One would think that would justify a riot. Read on:

     On the night of July 15, the blonde yoga instructor, Justine Diamond, had called 911 fearing that a man had accosted someone in the alley behind her house. As the police car arrived, with two cops inside, she approached the driver’s side, still in her pajamas, to explain what she had seen. Suddenly, two minutes later, the officer sitting in the passenger side – for no apparent reason – pulled out his service revolver, reached across to his left, and fired through the driver’s window, killing the young woman.

     That was six days ago. The police department has not released any information, other than one statement the officer made saying he felt “spooked” and another that he thought he heard “noise.” Other officers were obviously not spooked, but what does that matter.

     Oh yes,

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DID YOU KNOW…?

  1. Did you know that 16 Muslim countries currently ban Israelis from entering?

         Click here: No one seems bothered with 16 Muslim countries where Israelis are banned | The Muslim Issue

 

  1. Did you know that, according to the FBI, 19.8% of hate crimes are based on religious bias. Among the categories, first place for victims, by a large margin were acts of anti-Jewish with 50.3 percent. Muslim targets were a distant second place with 13.7 percent.

     Click here: FBI — Victims

 

  1. Did you know that the Muslim Brotherhood, which was supported by the Obama administration, is deemed a terrorist organization by six nations; UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Russia. It also supported Hamas and produced Osama Bin Laden.

     Click here: Muslim Brotherhood – Wikipedia

 

  1. Did you know that over 200 million girls in over 30 countries have been subjected to female genital mutilation, and that roughly three million girls a year will suffer the same fate (according to the World Health Organization). Since 1990, the number of girls subjected in the United  States has tripled. Efforts are underway to legalize FGM in various states, including Maine and Nevada, in which (unbelievably) some politicians are supporting. Women’s
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “THE BIG SICK” – 8.5

“THE BIG SICK”   =  8 ½

In a word:  Deep

     What happens when two people fall in love and their cultures collide, specifically American Christianity and Pakistani Islam? Watch this movie, it answers the question.    

     The story follows the plight of a young couple from two different worlds. Based in Chicago, Emily is a pert, bubbly graduate student who meets a handsome young Pakistani in a comedy club where he is testing his skills at stand-up. They work hard at avoiding a serious relationship but, alas their efforts fail and love blooms.

     The two eventually face two major crises.  Kumail, the young Pakistani, is very close to his family, who constantly pressure him to marry within the faith, often introducing him to marriage “prospects.” When his mother and father learn that he has fallen in love with an American, non-Muslim girl, Kumail is crushed between his love of her and the love/obligation to his demanding family.

     Meanwhile, as all this erupts, Emily is suddenly struck with a life-threatening illness that requires her to be induced into a coma. This is when Kumail is pitted against her parents, traditional American folks who come to Chicago from another state.  The challenges faced

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