Les Misérables (2012)
Coming from Tom Hooper, director behind the Academy Award-winning film ‘The King’s Speech’ (2010), ‘Les Misérables’ is the latest film adaptation of the world-renowned musical and the classic book of the same name. Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham-Carter, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Eddie Redmayne, ‘Les Misérables’ is this year’s cinematographic achievement like no other, nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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Dark Shadows (2012)
Tim Burton’s new film ‘Dark Shadows’ is a condensed version of the US TV series ‘Dark Shadows’, aired between 1966 and 1971. The year is 1790, and the plot centres on Barnabos Collins (Johnny Depp), the master of Collinwood Manor, and a rich and powerful son of Joshua and Naomi Collins. Barnabos has the misfortune of crossing his ex-lover Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), a witch, who turns her witchcraft skill against him, burying him alive, killing her new lover and cursing his whole family. However, in the 1970s, Barnabos is accidentally freed from his tomb only to find his present family in ruins. Barnabos then promises his family the return of their lost fortune.
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It could be argued that the first two Harry Potter movies directed by Chris Columbus (“Home Alone” (1990)) were the best ones in the series in many ways: they were the most faithful to J.K. Rowling’s original stories; the casting choices could not have been any better there; and the movies had very logical and structured narratives. All these things were barely touched upon in the later Harry Potter films.
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