"Black Nativity" Opens Today & Scores High With Critics
Famed writer and director, Kasi Lemmons brings movie goers a holiday musical drama based on a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, "Black Nativity". The film follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to Harlem to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. Starring Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Jacob Latimore, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Tyrese, and Luke James, the film which opens today, scored positive reviews amongst critics. Kam Williams (AALBC.com) gave the film 4 Out of 4 Stars and calls the film "A timeless parable as memorable for its uplifting spirituals as for its moving message about the importance of faith and family." Screen Daily's John Hazelton praised the soundtrack and the director and cast for pulling off the musical numbers during the heavy and dramatic scenes throughout the film. While Kristine Francis (celebdirtylaundry.com), calls the film “The Musical Event Of The Holiday Season”. "Black Nativity" is in theaters everywhere today.