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A reminder of how Victor Hugo’s novel plays without production numbers. Still a vivid saga of one man’s monomania and another’s redemption, Les Miserables, thanks to director Bille August and scripter Rafael Yglesias, is nearly as compelling as the 1935 Fredric March-Charles Laughton version. Neeson simmers with torment as fugitive Jean Valjean. Rush’s Inspector Javert isn’t as flamboyant as Laughton (who is?), but he tracks Valjean with methodical coldness and unsettling logic. B+

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