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Black Nativity (2013)

Black Nativity

Overview


Genre

Drama, Family

Release Date

November 27, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

93 min.

Studio

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Kasi Lemmons

Producer

Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Celine Rattray, Bill Horberg, Galt Niederhoffer

Screenwriter

Kasi Lemmons

Starring

Story


In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama "Black Nativity" follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the entire movie feels like a Nativity pageant, with heavily symbolic characters and equally evident spiritual messages..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [NY Daily News]
“..Kasi Lemmons's adaptation is a double disservice: Needlessly expanding on a simple but sensible conceit, the resulting film is both sickly sweet and about as exciting as squirming in a church pew while the most monotonous of ministers holds forth..”
by David Berry [The Montreal Gazette]
“..soundtrack will be a welcome addition to a Christmas playlist, especially the assembled choir's roof-raising final number, Stevie Wonder's classic "As." It can't erase the bad vibes from the script, but it guarantees you'll leave the theatre smiling..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]