Scott Marks noon, March 5
The gospel offspring of Sister Act and Burlesque, involving a choir rivalry between the church’s two top vocalists (Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah). Parton’s charm is masked by her cosmetic work — she has one expression, no matter the emotion. Latifah’s maternal dignity is the film’s saving grace, but the story too often meanders into loose subplots and canned themes. The climactic choir championship has some rousing musical numbers, but by then we’ve been beaten down by the small-town schmaltz, the one-note comedy, and the hallelujahs. 2012.
— John Rubio