A Frank movie review:  “Nomadland” – 8.5 In a word: Depressing   Yes, depressing, but also riveting. One of the great acting lessons offered by Frances McDormand, who’s already won two Academy Awards, and now, maybe, a third.      If you’re a fan interested in movies that have a lot of action, violence, foul language, hatred, death, destruction, guns, sex, drugs and speed, do not see this movie. What’s left?      Drama.     This

BERNIE THE BOOKIE: From The Heart of a Gangster

Posted by Marshall Frank on  January 6, 2021
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By Marshall Frank Most people who are introduced to my history as a 30-year law enforcement officer in Miami-Dade, Florida, immediately draw a conclusion that I’m a tough guy. Not true. I hate guns. Hate fighting. I was terrible at sports. I’m reluctant to call anyone “Sir,” especially those who had not earned the moniker. My six-year nightmare in the U.S. Marine Corps (reserves and active duty) was an exercise in utter misery. Yet, I
  “NEWS OF THE WORLD” – 8.5   In a word:  Heroic   That “In a Word” refers mostly to the main character deftly played by Tom Hanks, in which the former Civil War captain starts out in a low-key role that lulls the audience until he inadvertently meets up with a lost and fumbling little blonde-haired girl who had been left behind by her adopted Indian Tribe.  Now a travelling preacher/teacher of sorts, Hanks

A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “MANK” – 7.0

Posted by Marshall Frank on  November 29, 2020
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A FRANK MOVIE REVIEW: “MANK” – 7.0   In a word:  Boring   Different strokes for different folks, as they say.  Some people will love this movie, others will walk out at the halfway point.      In a nutshell, the movie centers on the true-life misery, talent and wit of famed screenwriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz (aka Mank) who was also well known as an unabashed alcoholic.  Played by journeyman actor, Gary Oldman, the plot (if
“Hillbilly Elegy”  10   In a word: Powerful The movie was based on the non-fiction book of the same title, authored by one of the main characters who actually drives the story, J.D. Vance.      To begin, we must acknowledge the awesome array of class A actors, each of whom played a critical role in the film. These could not have been easy roles to play. Any of the primary cast members could be worthy