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'The Nativity Story' Stands on Familiar Ground

The advertising for The Nativity Story has gotten this film's essence exactly wrong.

This is not a chance to "experience the most timeless of stories as you've never seen it before." It's just the opposite.

It's an opportunity, for those who want it, to encounter this story exactly the way its almost always been told.

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Kenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times' book review editor.
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