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Feature film of renowned gospel musical Black Nativity gets mixed reviews
THE FEATURE film based on the 1960s stage play by Langston Hughes, Black Nativity, which played a major part in the expansion of popularity of African-American gospel music, has received mixed reviews. Wrote the StarTribune newspaper, "The film miscalculates by planting this African-American interpretation of the nativity story at the centre of an angsty, troubled-teen melodrama that, from mean-streets prologue to Christmas Eve climax, simply fails to inspire belief. Still, its faith-based thrust and highly marketable musical elements should connect with viewers inclined to welcome the momentary transformation of their movie theatre into a church - specifically, a black Baptist church energetically presided over by the Rev Cornell Cobbs (Forest Whitaker), one of the principal characters in this fractious family drama."
A soundtrack album of the movie has been released by RCA Records. It features performances by Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson and others.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.