And Then She Was Nun

TITLE: SISTER ACT

DIRECTOR: EMILE ARDOLINO

WRITER: "JOSEPH HOWARD"

THE BOTTOM LINE: A creaky plot, predictable characters, recycled pop tunes, instant uplift, no style -- how can it miss?

FOR HALF ITS LENGTH THE PICture shambles along, perfunctory, rhythmless, misdirected, wasting the time of the moviegoer who couldn't get into Lethal Weapon 3 next door. Then the ragged choir of St. Katherine's convent swings into a tambourine-rattling version of Smokey Robinson's My Guy -- "There's not a man today/ Who could take me away/ From my God" -- and Sister Act instantly enslaves its audience. A few more tunes, a chase,...

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