Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Ignoring the ominous warnings of a well-meaning but misguided elf, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns for a second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry only to discover that someone - or something - aims to harm him.
With the fate of the school hanging in the balance, Harry and his faithful friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) race to discover which of their fellow students has unleashed the deadly power of the Chamber of Secrets.
A magnificent example of moviemaking magic, this sequel features greater thrills, better effects, and a more intriguing story than its predecessor.
Enchanting as it is, the film is so faithful to the book's details that it clocks in at nearly three hours - a bit too much of a good thing.
Queer relevance: Several cast members - Alan Rickman, John Cleese, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Issacs, and Maggie Smith - have appeared in gay-themed projects, and Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout) is openly lesbian. Even so, there's nothing remotely gay about this family-oriented flick. -QSyndicate