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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.
—Gregory P. Dorr



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