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Kathleen Mellen’s best bets

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With a running time of 157 minutes, “Les Misérables” clocks in as one of the longest of the recent-release movies (“Lincoln,” for example, is 150 minutes; “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is a whopping 169 minutes). So I planned accordingly when I saw it Christmas Day: I limited myself to a small soda and took a seat by the aisle — just in case. (TMI?) I needn’t have worried: I was so mesmerized by the film that I forgot to eat my popcorn. It is as marvelous as the Broadway version (which I’ve seen twice). The music is glorious, the cinematography is inspired and the performances are exquisite, especially those of Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Samantha Barks as Éponine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius, who, by the way, is the film’s finest singer. At Cinemark in Hadley. Bring tissues.

ANOTHER GOOD BET

e_SDLqStudies for the Father’s House, Part 2,” an art installation by Gordon Thorne, opens next Friday and will be on view through Jan. 30 at the A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton. Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays. 586-5553

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