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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

ages 9+ | 94 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. While Hermione's (Emma Watson) cat torments Ron's (Rupert Grint) sickly rat, causing a rift among the trio, a swarm of nasty Dementors is sent to protect the school from Black. A mysterious new teacher helps Harry learn to defend himself, but what is his secret tie to Sirius Black?


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Genre: Adventure , Fantasy

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Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Producer: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe, David Heyman, Callum McDougall, Tanya Seghatchian

Cast: Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Fiona Shaw, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Julie Walters, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, David Bradley, Dawn French, Richard Griffiths, Tom Felton, Pam Ferris, Devon Murray, Matthew Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Paul Whitehouse, Alfred Enoch, Jimmy Gardner, Josh Herdman, Chris Rankin, Jamie Waylett, Jim Tavaré, Peter Best

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Rated PG Frightening Moments|Creature Violence|Mild Language

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  • (Male)

    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    Believe it or not this film was more delightful than the 1st two films. I really enjoyed Sirius's character in this one. There really is so many different elements to this film that make it really good. Harry's character is developed further as he find out more of his past. He also develops some serious wizard skills that help him fend off the dementors. This film would make a really good Halloween film for children 7 and older. Has some scary parts but nothing too scary. Really a lot of fun. As with the previous two films there is a little bit of menacing and parts, mostly having to do with the dementors. Definitely worth your time.

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    ages 9+ | Worth Your Time

    The acting continues to improve and so does everything else. Great film and one of the best books of the series.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    A quick show of hands — how many of us knew all it would take is a change in director to make the Harry Potter movies more watchable? The first two films in this ongoing movie series — which were directed by Chris Columbus — were almost slavishly faithful to the source material (J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels) and were lacking in real moviemaking magic. Enter director Alfonso Cuaron, whose contribution to the series shows considerably more imagination and energy. Consequently, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is the best of the films to date. What Cuaron brings — in addition to a more impressive visual style — is some much needed humor. While this material is a bit darker than the other two (some content may give pause to parents of little ones), it's also much funnier and a lot more fun than the other two. What problems there are have been imposed by again sticking so closely to the source material. (A plot twist near the end that may bring to mind one of the lamest bits from the first "Superman" movie.) "Azkaban" finds the Hogwarts school on a lockdown of sorts after the notorious wizard Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) escapes from Azkaban prison. Sirius was responsible for the deaths of Harry's parents, and, naturally, everyone assumes he wishes to add another Potter to his hit list. At the same time, Azkaban's guards, the spectral, soul-sucking Dementors, are patrolling the school grounds to supposedly protect the young students. However, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has already had one run-in with them, and let's just say that it didn't exactly go well for our young hero. Meanwhile, there's the usual intrigue going on with Harry and his pals. It appears that, somehow, Hermione (Emma Watson) is in two places at once. And, as usual, there's a mystery involving the motivations of the school's professors, including a couple of new arrivals (Emma Thompson and David Thewlis). That Cuaron does so well with this material isn't too surprising; his version of "A Little Princess" had similarly redeeming qualities. And refreshingly, the pacing isn't as sluggish this time around. Cuaron is also democratic in the way that he gives nearly every cast member something to do. The youngsters are more confident in their performances, and Thompson is amusing as their froopy divinations professor. British character actor Michael Gambon also acquits nicely himself in the role of school headmaster Dumbledore (replacing the late Richard Harris). "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is rated PG for fantasy violence (wizardry, some fisticuffs, animal attacks and some peril), brief gore and scattered use of mild profanity (mostly religiously based). Running time: 142 minutes. E-MAIL: jeff@desnews.com

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Okfor ages12+