| Nov 26, 2013
** (out of four)
Around the holidays, you could go to church or you could go to “Black Nativity,” a 90-minute sermon posing as a movie.
There’s nothing wrong with a film advocating gratitude and forgiveness, of course. But written...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant biopic that told the story of radio DJ Petey Greene. That film was all about the power of words. Lemmons' new film, "Black Nativity," concerns good deeds...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 3:05 PM
"Black Nativity" — the movie — seems like such a good idea.
Start with poet and playwright Langston Hughes' powerful telling of the Christmas story — the spoken word, the gospel choir, the staging spare, the story timeless. Wrap a...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:11 PM
It may not thaw the hold that “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has on the box office, but Walt Disney Pictures will be turning up the heat with “Frozen,” its new 3-D computer-animated musical.
Entering the Thanksgiving holiday...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 10:40 AM
The holiday box office exploded this weekend as both "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen" topped records held by "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" for the biggest three-day and five-day Thanksgiving weekend grosses.
Generating a studio-...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Walt Disney Pictures' computer-animated 3-D musical “Frozen” likely won’t topple “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at the holiday box office, but the fairy tale is already drawing big numbers, according to early estimates....
| Nov 29, 2013
| 11:12 AM
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is making Thanksgiving box office history after generating big ticket sales over the holiday.
After taking in $20.8 million in domestic ticket sales on Wednesday, the Jennifer Lawrence action movie made $14.9 million on...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 11:35 AM
Black Friday arrived at the box office this Thanksgiving weekend with moviegoers showing sustained appetite for leftovers. In its second weekend in theaters, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is on a course to not only come in first; it may...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Time was when Christmas movies were as reliably white as a North Pole winter. Such holiday classics as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" came to define the American cultural psyche during the holidays for decades. Later films set around...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 10:50 AM
The winners of the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf awards were announced Wednesday with prizes of $10,000 each. Since 1935, the Anisfield-Wolf awards have been presented to books and authors who confront racism and explore diversity.
The Lifetime Achievement...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 1:34 PM
Few poets have captured the feeling of jazz – its rhythms, its cadences, its sense of freedom – more lyrically than Langston Hughes. The music courses through his words, which carry backbeats and melodies as seductive as those in any solo by a...