More than race drives 'Black or White'

January 29, 2015 4:29 PM

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The little girl is adorable, and two sides of the family are fighting over her in "Black or White." On one side, there's the newly widowed maternal grandfather (Kevin Costner), who's raised the girl all her life. On the other, there's the paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer), who wants the girl to grow up around her and her extended family.

One of these days, it may be possible to make a movie about a dispute between white characters and black characters that's just about people in dispute. It might even be possible right now, and someone ought to try it. But "Black or White," even by its title, invites audiences to see it as a film ab...

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