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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Gary Oldman
Michael Gambon
Emma Thompson
Directors
Alfonso Cuaron
Screenwriters
Steve Cloves
Running Time
142 minutes

Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry's third year at Hogwarts sees an escaped criminal out for his blood.


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Plot
Now 13, Harry Potter and chums are back off to Hogwarts, only to find that a dangerous escaped prisoner is also heading back to school. Soon nasty prison guards called Dementors have taken up residence in the school grounds and Harry is warned that the prisoner is coming for him…


Verdict
The boldest of the bunch is beautiful to look at and yet it fails to chart the deeper waters as advertised - SFX creatures, yes; inner demons, no. This is still superior family fun but for non-fan adults the formula is perhaps starting to pall, and Cuaron’s shiny new paint job does not address real problems with the narrative engine.


Reviewed by Colin Kennedy

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