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'Joyful Noise': Dolly and the Queen make familiar music — 2 stars
Assembled from spare parts of "Footloose" and "Sister Act," the serviceable gospel contraption "Joyful Noise" takes place in an economically hard-hit Georgia town, where the multiracial members of the Divinity Church Choir raise voices and spirits under the direction of their beloved choirmaster, played by Kris Kristofferson. We see him in action in church in the opening credits, though he suffers a heart attack well before "written and directed by Todd Graff" hits the screen. He's dead within seconds. Graff, who made "Camp" and "Bandslam," has a lot of plot to wrangle, and he does not waste time.
January 12, 2012