‘Les Misérables’ hits notes both sweet and sour

Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and Marius (Eddie Redmayne) find love in a France at war with itself in 'Les Miserables'
Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and Marius (Eddie Redmayne) find love in a France at war with itself in ‘Les Miserables’

It’s simple. You’re either for or against Les Misérables, the epic musical that broke records on the London, New York, and regional stages around the world. In an exercise of hubris, bravery or naïveté, Tom Hooper, his King’s Speech Best Director Oscar still in possession of its original sheen, has elected to helm the long-awaited film adaptation. Full disclosure: I’m a lover of the show’s music and performance opportunities, and a hater of its book, full of contrivance and unearned relationships. I dreamed a dream that that Hooper could be the man to use this adaptation as an opportunity to clean up some of the narrative debris from the show. Alas, I was on my own in that hope.

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‘The Impossible’ is incredible, indelible and a joy to watch

 

 

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Lucas (Tom Holland) stares as the tsunami is about to swallow everything in sight

It was Christmas Eve, 2004 and “Maria” (Naomi Watts) and Henry (Ewan McGregor) arrived in Thailand for a vacation at a new seaside resort, along with their sons “Lucas” (Tom Holland), “Thomas” (Samuel Joslin) and “Simon” (Oaklee Pendergast).  They enjoyed a lovely dinner that night, spent an idyllic Christmas opening gifts and going to the beach and to the pool. The following day, December 26th found them at the resort’s pool.

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Staying home on New Year’s Eve? Why not make it a movie night!

On New Year’s Eve you might choose to stay home.  Too many people out driving who’ve had too much to drink to be behind the wheel, or you’re just not in the mood for partying.  Whatever the reason, here are a few New Year’s Eve movies Tail Slate recommends to ring in the New Year.  All have some connection to New Year’s Eve in one way or another.  In alphabetical order:

Hugh Grant befriends (or is befriended by) Nicholas Hoult in 'About a Boy'
Hugh Grant befriends (or more accurately, is befriended by) Nicholas Hoult in ‘About a Boy’

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Crazy antebellum: ‘Django Unchained’ is pulp non-fiction

Jamie Foxx is 'Django Unchained'
Jamie Foxx is ‘Django Unchained’

[rating=3]Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s filmography is now long enough for his own telltale calling cards to emerge in his latest genre time warp, Django Unchained: his episodic narrative, his usury of genre tropes with modernist updates, violence galore, use of a wronged protagonist to seek vigilante justice and speak for a greater population, whether it be women (the Kill Bill films) or Jews (Inglourious Basterds).

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