Peter Travers' 2012 Fall Movie Preview

The 25 movies to see and five that go straight into the Scum Bucket

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'Les Misérables'
Laurie Sparham11/30

'Les Misérables'

In Theaters: December 14th
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Directed By: Tom Hooper
Don't think there was little risk for director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) in filming Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel. Hooper's Les Miserables is – wait for it – a musical, adapted from the film version of the 1980s blockbuster stage tuner. That means Hugh Jackman, as ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, will be singing his guts out to – wait for it – Russell Crowe, as dogged cop Javert, who sings back! Anne Hathaway is along as poor and sickly Fantine, whose performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" in the trailer has already sparked Oscar talk. To add to the daring, Hooper had the cast sing live on set when most movie musicals have actors lipsync to prerecorded songs. This means Les Miz can soar or fall on its ass. That's a risk worth cheering.

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