By Tom Quiner Gratuitous violence is worthy of adulation. THAT is what the Academy Awards is telling us with the announcement of the nominees for the very finest in this year’s films. No, let me be more specific.  THAT is what Hollywood is telling us, that cloistered conclave of the most liberal of all Americans,…

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Why was Les Miserables, the novel, which was penned by Victor Hugo in 1862, so beloved? Critics mocked it, but the public loved it. Why was Les Miserables, the musical, written by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boubill, so wildly popular even though so many critics panned it? And why is Les Miserables, the movie, expected to be box office gold, even though top critics gave it mixed reviews, such as this one: “The good news: Les Miserables is a less miserable film experience than expected. The bad news: it’s still miserable.” Here’s why:

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