`Preaching' playing off predictable notes

Review C+


Good intentions are everywhere in Preaching to the Choir, a drama in which estranged brothers - one a rising hip-hop star, the other a minister at a declining Harlem church - discover that their shared history and values are a lot stronger than anything the world can throw at them.

And every once in a while, especially during the musical numbers, Preaching to the Choir displays the sort of energy a movie like this needs - a vitality that suggests good acts really can triumph over evil influences, that values really can trump any amount of bling. There's an impromptu sidewalk chorus, formed as members of a gospel choir stream out of their church, that's as joyous, enticing and thrilling as any street performance put on screen.

Preaching to the Choir (Codeblack) Starring Darien Sills-Evans, Billoah Greene, Novella Nelson. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright. Rated PG-13. Time 100 minutes.

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