Kings of the Evening
Kings of the Evening (2010)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2010
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Kings of the Evening is a warm, beguiling picture boasting an array of splendid portrayals

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

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.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Depression drama has good intentions but doesn't deliver.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

It moves briskly but leaves room for the stellar supporting cast to turn stock figures into appealingly shaded characters.

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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune

A sweet tale well suited to the holiday season.

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Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

The actors strike home quietly in scene after scene.

Andrew Barker

Well-meaning, well made and all but allergic to subtlety.

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Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

The film benefits from an impressive cast. Given enough time, word of mouth could build a good-sized audience for this absorbing drama.

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Kam Williams

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.

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