Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ★★★

Filled with heart and imagination, Sorceror's Stone is high affect over perfect storytelling. It's aimed at kids and succeeds brilliantly. Rickman is doing comedic brilliance as Snape; how arch, how pleasurable. This should be a disaster. The fact that it's not is a credit to production design and near-impeccable casting.