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Kings of the Evening
This independently produced drama from director Andrew P. Jones travels back to the Great Depression of the 1930s. It tells the sad saga of Homer Hobbs (Tyson Beckford), a young African-American man who wraps up a two-year jail sentence and returns home to his dead-end small town with a complete lack of prospects. Instinctively, Homer develops a rapport and begins to stick together with four other people roughly in the same boat as he is: Clarence (Glynn Turman), a zero who longs to be someone significant; Gracie (Lynn Whitfield), a down-and-out boarding-house owner who harbors a shocking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kings of the Evening is a warm, beguiling picture boasting an array of splendid portrayals"
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An intrusive musical score and periodic fades to black, as for commercials, make this feel as if it were made for TV, but otherwise it's exceptional, from script and performances to production design."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Depression drama has good intentions but doesn't deliver."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"It moves briskly but leaves room for the stellar supporting cast to turn stock figures into appealingly shaded characters."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"A sweet tale well suited to the holiday season."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"The actors strike home quietly in scene after scene."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Well-meaning, well made and all but allergic to subtlety."
‑ Andrew Barker, Variety
"The film benefits from an impressive cast. Given enough time, word of mouth could build a good-sized audience for this absorbing drama."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"An anachronistic rip-off which implies that the idea of male beauty pageants originated with African-Americans in the 1930s, instead of with Zulus in the 1990s. Is the film otherwise worthwhile? Yes, but it still weirded me out."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
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