Friday, April 18, 2014
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‘Les Misérables’: A somewhat tarnished dream

‘Les Misérables’ 3 1/2 stars Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone Rating: PG-13, for dramatic intensity, violence and suggestive sexual content One miscast role badly damages an otherwise splendid adaptation of this beloved play By Derrick Bang Enterprise […]

Holiday movies 2012: The good, the bad and the unlikely

Hollywood apparently expects us to have quite an appetite for fractured family dynamics this holiday season, no doubt thanks to the success of previous December hits such as “Meet the Fockers” and “Little Fockers.”

Honestly, one such endurance test would be enough for the month, but no, we’re getting three: “The Guilt Trip” (Seth Rogen vs. mom Barbra Streisand), “This Is 40” (Paul Rudd and Leslie Bibb vs. their two daughters) and “Parental Guidance” (Billy Crystal and Bette Midler vs. their three grandchildren).

In fairness, the season leading up to Dec. 31 also offers the usual high-profile Oscar bait, with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “Les Misérables” leading the charge, followed closely by “Zero Dark Thirty” and …