On DVD/Blu-ray today: JOYFUL NOISE and NEW YEARS EVE


JOYFUL NOISE tells the story of a small town church choir coping with the loss of their choir director. The director's wife, G.G. Sparrow (Dolly Parton), is under the impression that the newly opened position will go to her (no, she’s not too bothered by the fact that her husband just died), but instead the church gives the position to Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifa), a no-nonsense mother of two who firmly believes that the church should only perform traditional church songs.

We love choir movies as much as the next person, but there’s something uncomfortably unsettling about watching Dolly Parton trying to get down to a Gospel version of Chris Brown’s “Forever.” It’s the kind of movie that makes you laugh and roll your eyes at the same time, but not in a “this is an entertaining movie” kind of way, more like a “how could they possibly have made this” kind of way. – 1/5

Blu-ray bonus features include:
- Spotlight on a song: Dolly Parton’s “From Here to the Moon”
- Inspiration for JOYFUL NOISE
- Make Some Noise
- Leading Ladies
- “He’s Everything” Live
- Extended Songs
- Deleted Scenes
- Digital Copy


NEW YEAR’S EVE takes you on a journey through the last day of the year in New York City by following an eclectic group of characters with their romance stories told in a series of vignettes. Think VALENTINES DAY, with a different cast and set in NYC.

Like JOYFUL NOISE, this movie is unfortunately a disappointment as well. It just goes to show that a million good actors playing boring characters can’t replace one good actor playing one good character. Considering how many plots they shoved into this movie, none of them were pulled off well. We just ask filmmakers to keep their hands off of the rest of the holidays. - 2/5

Blu-ray bonus features include:
- Jon Bon Jovi and Lea Michele Rock New Year's Eve
- The Magic of Times Square
- New Years Eve Secret of the Stars
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
- Digital copy and more