Black and White
Time to sound a dirge for the psychological thriller. Gina Gershon headlines this twist-heavy yarn about a tough, sexy cop who may be stepping outside the bounds of the law to enforce a grisly brand of justice. This means some heavy soul-searching for her new partner/lover, a staunchly Catholic do-gooder rookie (Rory Cochrane). Black & White is not without style, but it adheres so passionately to the tired genre formula of shocking plot twists that you can see them coming a mile away, and watching it is like being forced to play a stale party game. Still, credit must be given to Cochrane, who gives a solid display completely against type from his attention-grabbing stoner role in Dazed and Confused. Gershon, on the other hand, is given a meaty, convoluted part to fill out, and she acquit herself capably but to me she'll always be the lesbo bitch in Showgirls, and she does little here to mitigate that dubious association. In 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen or pan-and-scan, with DD 5.1 or 2.0 Dolby Surround. Includes a commentary by director Yuri Zeltser and trailers. Keep case.