Black or White

Black or White ★★★½

Solid work from all involved, Mike Binder's "Black or White" finds a grandfather locked in a custody fight for his granddaughter after the girl's grandmother dies in an accident. The film touches on race and family, love and irresponsibility; and, though its drama feels manufactured at times, the story supplies a compelling and moving observation of the connection between a child and those who look after that child's best interests. Binder tackles the material with humanity and grace, moving from the weight of loss to the lightness of living with a deft touch; and the film benefits from a winning cast that is centered by a layered Kevin Costner. All of its results in an engaging and enveloping experience.

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