The Nativity Story

Release Date: December 1, 2006

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131/159 David Mumpower Self-satisfied movie features the most overblown soundtrack in recent memory. There is simply no life to this production.

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Keisha Castle-Hughes went from an unknown to Academy Awards nominee for Best Actress in a period of two years. To be fair, two years represented roughly 15% of her life until then. She was only 13-years-old when Whale Rider introduced her work to the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Since then, Castle-Hughes has done what any smart girl would do in the interim. She has kept a relatively low profile while honing her craft. Her only appearance since Whale Rider was a small role in the climactic George Lucas movie, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. She is now better prepared to heighten her status once more by taking on a legendary role. Castle-Hughes will portray the Virgin Mary in The Nativity Story.

This New Line Cinema production recounts arguably the best known story in our society. The Nativity Story tells the story of the birth of Jesus. It begins two years prior to that night, following the lives of Mary and Joseph. The movie will not stop there, though. It will also continue forward through the early childhood of Jesus, including encounters with the Magi as well as Herod, the Roman client-king of Judea.

Presumably, Herod's presence would indicate that the story will also involve Massacre of the Innocents. As a Bible School refresher, this is the story wherein the paranoid ruler ordered every male two-years-old or younger living near Bethlehem to be slain. Herod ostensibly did so in order to protect his throne from the King of Jews.

As one would expect, The Nativity Story is scheduled for release in December. Given the subject matter and the recent popularity of The Passion of the Christ, New Line has a solid opportunity to turn a relatively modest budget into a strong box office performer. (David Mumpower/BOP)

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Main Cast Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Supporting Cast Ciaran Hinds, Shaun Toub
Director Catherine Hardwicke
Screenwriter Mike Rich
Distributor New Line Cinema
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