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Swirl Review


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Carl Anthony Payne II, God bless you. Thank you for including the II in your name (and isn't Jr. a cliche now?). We loved you as "Cockroach" on The Cosby Show in the '80s -- even though Bill Cosby personally axed you due to your refusal to get a haircut. And now you've given us Swirl, the cutely-titled comedy about modern mixed-race romances.

Alas, there's not much that's actually funny in Les Wilson's 75-minute indie, which substitutes raunchy dialogue for insight into an ongoing and nagging social issue. Sarah (Stephanie Denise Griffin) and Beethoven(!) (Payne) are best buds, then business partners, then lovers. Society disapproves. Audience disapproves -- not because of any taboo, but because we ain't laughing.

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Black & White (1998) Review


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A promising thriller noir is ruined in its second half by a meandering plot that tries to get clever but ends up being pretty dumb. Gina Gershon and Rory Cochrane as cops investigating the elusive "inside job" are pretty bland and have no chemistry, even if Gina spends most of the film naked. Never mind the plot.
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