Friday January 4, 2013

While Alan Chartock ("Moviegoers panned," column, Dec. 29) saw a different "Les Miserables" than I did -- to my mind, Sasha Baron Cohen was one of the film’s few saving graces -- we do agree on the matter of poor manners at the Triplex.

In a short before the movie, Anthony Hopkins (a.k.a. Alfred Hitchcock) implored the audience not to text. But talking during the movie is the greater sin, one that is often committed in theaters everywhere these days.

And, for some strange reason, the Triplex insists on serving popcorn in paper containers made of crinkly paper rather than the traditional cardboard; one can hear people in several rows away reaching for more.

In short: lights, camera, action -- and silence!

JAMES HARRIS

Great Barrington