'Best Man Holiday', 'Black Nativity' Madea Are Merrily Diverse

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This photo released by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Monica Calhoun as Mia, Melissa De Sousa as Shelby and Nia Long as Jordan, enjoying the show in a scene from "The Best Man Holiday." The movie releases in theaters on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Michael Gibson) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 Santa's trip down the chimney — including the blockbuster "Home Alone" franchise with a cumulative gross of $904 million, 1994's "The Santa Clause" and 2003's "Elf" — opened Hollywood's eyes to the upside of decking theater halls with new Christmas stories.

But at the tail end of a banner year for African American cinema, three new holiday movies written and directed by black filmmakers present an alternate vision to moviedom's traditional White Christmas.

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