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THE PERFECT HOLIDAY (PG): Aspiring songwriter Benjamin (Morris Chestnut) is moonlighting as Santa at the mall. An adorable little girl tells him all she wants as a gift is for a man to say something nice to her divorced mom, Nancy (Gabrielle Union). Benjamin complies, but quickly the bigger issue becomes his (inexplicable) tall tale about being an office-supplies salesman. The web grows ever more tangled when one of Nancy's sons resents Benjamin's presence, and Nancy's rapper ex-husband (Charles Q. Murphy), a sporadic dad at best, wants to record one of Benjamin's songs. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

I AM LEGEND (PG-13): Will Smith is the last man on Earth, if you don't count all the mutants gunning for him and his dog. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS (PG): Singing critters find their maestro in songwriter David Seville. Mayhem ensues. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD (R): An audacious tale of greed, infidelity and murder from top-of-his-game director Sidney Lumet, this jewelry store heist melodrama involves two brothers (Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman), their agitated dad (Albert Finney) and Marisa Tomei as a philandering spouse. It's a horror show of hatred and festering psychic wounds. So why is it so much fun? Evans


3:10 TO YUMA ( ****, R): Christian Bale plays a struggling, one-legged rancher in the Arizona territory. Russell Crowe plays the vicious leader of a gang feared in the territory. The rancher joins a posse to bring the killer to a nearby town where he will be taken by train to prison. Masters

AUGUST RUSH (PG): All you really need to know about August Rush is that Robin Williams plays a street musician named Wizard. Mr. Williams' creepy character is his biggest misstep since putting on a clown nose for Patch Adams. Augusta Exchange, Evans

AWAKE (R): The surgical knives are about to start cutting and the guy on the table is alert but paralyzed. Eww!. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, ends today at Evans

BEE MOVIE (PG): Jerry Seinfeld wrote and stars in this animated tale of a bee who wants more from life than making honey. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, ends today at Evans

BEOWULF (PG-13): Ray Winstone is the title character in this adaptation from the hands of Robert Zemeckis. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, ends today at Evans

ENCHANTED (PG): Wide-eyed would-be princess Giselle (Amy Adams) is banished by the wicked Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) from her idyllic playland to the harsh reality of Times Square before she can marry her true love, Prince Edward (James Marsden). Giselle finds a home in Manhattan with sensible divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his adoring 6-year-old daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey), and finds herself torn between both worlds. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

FRED CLAUS (PG): Vince Vaughn plays Santa Claus' disillusioned older brother; Paul Giamatti plays Santa. Augusta Exchange, Evans

THE GOLDEN COMPASS (PG): A youngster attempts to save other kids from being experimented on in this film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

GOOD LUCK CHUCK (R): Romantic comedy with Jessica Alba and Dane Cook. Masters

HITMAN (R): Timothy Olyphant stars in this video game-based actioner about a bald, take-no-prisoners man who ekes out a violent living. Augusta Exchange, Evans

MARTIAN CHILD (PG): John Cusack adopts a boy who claims to be from Mars. Begins Friday at Masters

MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (G): Dustin Hoffman is the Willy Wonka-esque owner of a toy wonderland. Augusta Exchange, Evans

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (R): The Coen brothers' much-anticipated adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel of the same name, No Country for Old Men might satisfy fans of the novel, but as a stand-alone work of art it's a bust. Its philosophical observations are simplistic, and its dramatic trajectory sputters till it finally just stops. Evans, ends today at Augusta Exchange

RATATOUILLE ( ***, G): This might be the first Pixar movie so advanced, so sophisticated that it doesn't feel as though it was made for kids. Masters

RENDITION (R): Reese Witherspoon plays a woman whose Egyptian husband is kidnapped by U.S. authorities. Begins Friday at Masters

RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (R): Milla Jovovich makes yet another video game movie. Begins Friday at Masters

RUSH HOUR 3 ( **, PG-13): Chris Tucker is once again the motor-mouth LAPD cop who's always in trouble, and Jackie Chan is once again the ace Hong Kong cop. Masters

SUPERBAD (R): Two high school seniors find their party plans thrown off course. Masters

THE MIST (R): Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher and Toby Jones are among the residents trapped in a Maine supermarket when the mist hits, bringing with it some dazzlingly dangerous creatures. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans, Aiken

THIS CHRISTMAS (PG-13): A family gets together for Christmas for the first time in years. It will be a holiday miracle if this drama, from the director of the horrid hoops flick Crossover, turns out to be something you won't want to return. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken


AMERICAN GANGSTER (R): Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington go toe to toe on opposite sides of the law. Ends today at Augusta Exchange, Evans

DAN IN REAL LIFE (PG-13): Steve Carell falls in love with his brother's girlfriend. Ends today at Evans

HALLOWEEN (R): Rob Zombie directs this film that returns to Michael Myers' back story. Ends today at Masters

THE HEARTBREAK KID (R): Romantic comedy from the Farrelly brothers starring Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan. Ends today at Masters

NOELLE (PG): A New England Catholic church with a dwindling congregation is about to be closed. In this gentle comedy, the priest decides to enliven things by casting a live Nativity. Ends today at Augusta Exchange



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