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Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker in "Black Nativity"

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Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker in "Black Nativity"

 

Rated PG · 92 min. · 2013

Drama, Musical



While a fair amount of righteousness is to be expected with Christian-themed film being released around the holidays, the sanctimony practically drips from the screen. With producer T.D. Jakes hovering over her shoulder, I'm sure director Kasi Lemmons felt the easiest way to display Langston's slow slide into thughood was by having the kid spray paint "Xmas Sux" on a wall. Thankfully, the acting miraculously keeps the film from being a complete bust. Jennifer Hudson, an Oscar winner for Dreamgirls, delivers a portrayal of the young man's struggling mother that may be the greatest performance of her career. Also with Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker.


See our full review: Chapel Hill's Joy Goodwin discusses producing <i>Black Nativity</i>

Chapel Hill's Joy Goodwin discusses producing Black Nativity

"It was one of the few shows I've ever seen where I felt like people really loved the show. It wasn't just that they applauded, but there was a real groundswell of affection for that show." »

Director: Kasi Lemmons
Writer: Langston Hughes
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Mary J. Blige, Jacob Latimore, Nas, Rotimi and Henry Hunter Hall

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