Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Great Britain/USA 2004. Dir: Alfonso Cuarón. 142 min. DCP

“Director Alfonso Cuarón finally decants the essence of J.K. Rowling's work and brings us one of the greatest fantasy films of all time.” STEPHANIE ZACHAREK, SALON

CUARÓN FOR KIDS! Of the now ten (!) movies in the ever-expanding Potter-verse, Prisoner of Azkaban is wands down our favourite! Hats should be tipped to visionary Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), who settled into the director’s chair vacated by family-film ace Chris Columbus (Home Alone) and guided the series into more sophisticated, more emotionally resonant, more rapturously visual — more, well, Cuarónian territory! Harry’s third year at Hogwarts gets off to a bumpy start when he learns that Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), a convicted associate of He Who Must Not Be Named, has escaped from Azkaban prison. Add to that hordes of ghastly Dementors, a whack of animal (er, Animagi) shapeshifting, and some nifty time looping, and you’ve got a doozy of an entrée into teendom for the 13-year-old wizard! Cuarón was offered the reins after impressing Warner Bros. with his brilliant book-to-screen adaptation of A Little Princess, screening in Film Club in March.


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REVIEWS

“The third in the Potter series has a new director, the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón, and it marks a huge stride forward.”

The Telegraph | full review

“A dazzler ... Alfonso Cuarón's debut as a Harry Potter director gives us a witchier, more magical world."

The Guardian | full review


Free popcorn and “Film Club” badge
for ages 13 & under!
Kid-friendly start time: 11:00 am!


JUNIOR CINEPHILES!
Show your “Film Club” badge at our 4:00 pm matinée screening of Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. on Saturday, March 9 and receive a free kid-sized popcorn! Keaton’s great silent comedy is one of the wonders of slapstick cinema. Click here for more details. And see you there!