The 2013 list:
1. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas: C-
2. Les Miserables(2012): B
Beautifully shot with great cinematography and a superb cast. Not a bad place at all to start for a film. I just didn't feel that some of the motivations by some characters were fully explained as to make me agree with them.
Fantine gets sacked and just seemingly decides to piecemeal her whole body away for money. I get her motivation is her daughter but it appears this decision is made rashly and quickly upon her sacking. She's then trapped in this new lifestyle.
Despite knowing the historical situation of the various Revolutions in early 19th century France I didn't see the acts that the characters were so determined to fight against. If you know nothing of the history, even in passing from a H.S. world history class, then the characters don't convince you of the righteousness of their cause.
Javert at no point comes across as the suicidal type. That moment literally came from no where as I see it.
Still I'm giving it a B cause so much else makes the film enjoyable for other reasons.