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Picks and Pans Review: Mistrial

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HBO (Sat, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. ET)

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When a cop killer is acquitted, New York City detective Steve Donohue (Bill Pullman) cracks up, takes the courtroom hostage at gunpoint and retries the case. Talk about men behaving badly.

Though the plot sounds exciting, 90 minutes of this hushed, lifeless film from executive producers Geena Davis and Renny Harlin feel longer than three O.J. trials. The script is lackluster, the actors are sluggish and oddly subdued (the jury seems only mildly inconvenienced by the situation), and I was praying that someone would storm the courtroom long before the final credits.