Even if it's out of season, this holiday-themed drama - a revision of a Langston Hughes play - offers a positive message that's always timely.

Jacob Latimore plays a Baltimore teen sent by his much-challenged mother (Jennifer Hudson) to spend time with his grandparents (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett), whose method of tough love isn't to his liking. Ultimately, though, he ends up benefiting from the life lessons they impart. Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson and Vondie Curtis-Hall also perform for director Kasi Lemmons (Curtis-Hall's wife). *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)

<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H4IGZJG/ref=nosim/?tag=zap2it07-20"><b>Buy 'Black Nativity' on DVD</b></a>.