by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 1/23/15, 01:00 am
Rare is the movie that can eloquently address racial divisiveness without making us feel as if we just took our daily multivitamin—healthy but flavorless. Black or White (PG-13 for strong language) is this year’s vitamin. Acting heavyweights Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer take care of the eloquence—giving nuanced and deeply felt performances—but it is not enough for a film that boils down to a melodramatic public service announcement with our nation’s ongoing racial tensions as the backdrop.