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'Best Man Holiday,' 'Black Nativity,' Madea are merrily diverse
'Best Man Holiday,' 'Black Nativity,' Madea are merrily diverse

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...

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