Potter fans get chance to see `Prisoner' early

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May 28, 2004|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Hard-core Potterphiles, don't miss your chance to see the new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a full 10 hours or so before the rest of the world. The film, which opens in wide release June 4, is getting a pair of special previews Thursday at The Senator, 5904 York Road, with proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Inc.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. shows are $15, and are on sale now at the Senator box office beginning at 12:15 p.m. daily. If 2002's Senator premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is any indication, the theater Thursday night should be crowded with people dressed as their favorite Potter character, so get your tickets early.

Call 410-435-8338.

Shore filmmaker's work

A new movie from Eastern Shore filmmaker Doug Sadler, whose Riders was one of the most pleasant surprises at the 2001 Maryland Film Festival, will be shown as a work-in-progress Thursday at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center.

The movie, a product of the Sundance directors' and writers' workshops that was partly financed by a grant from the Maryland Producer's Club, will screen at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for students; members of Friends of the Festival get in free.

Call 410-752-8083.

At The Charles

The rarely seen 1932 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March as the sophisticated, upper-class doctor whose chemical experiments bring out the beast in him, plays tomorrow and Thursday as the latest entry in The Charles' weekly revival series.

March won an Oscar for his portrayal - a rare Academy nod for a horror film (he tied with Wallace Beery in The Champ, the only Best Actor tie ever). The movie is an early-day horror classic, far superior and more atmospheric than the more often seen 1941 version with Spencer Tracy.

Show times are noon tomorrow and 9 p.m. Thursday; tickets are $5. Call 410-727-FILM.

David Lean classic

Speaking of rare showings of Oscar-winning films, David Lean's 1957 masterpiece, The Bridge On the River Kwai, is now playing on the big screen at the AFI's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring.

Winner of the Best Picture Oscar, Kwai stars Alec Guinness (who also won, for Best Actor) as a British officer whose regiment has been captured by the Japanese during World War II and sent to a Burmese prison camp, where he continually butts heads with the headstrong commander, played by Sessue Hayakawa.

The story centers on the efforts by Guinness and his men to build a bridge at the order of their captors - a bridge Guinness' character is determined to complete, as an example of British honor and superiority. William Holden stars as an American ex-POW sent in to destroy the bridge.

(While you're in Silver Spring, why not make a day of it and see the original 1956 Godzilla while it's still playing at the Silver? Both movies continue through Thursday.)

The AFI Silver Theatre is at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. Call 301-495-6700 or visit www.silver.afi.com.

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