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THE UNINVITED (PG-13): The latest Hollywood remake of a successful Korean horror film centers on a young woman (Emily Browning) receiving visits from the ghost of her dead mother, warning her that her father's new fiancee (Elizabeth Banks) is not who she appears to be. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken


AUSTRALIA ( ***, PG-13): Down Under drama about the wartime romance between an aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) and a cattle herder (Hugh Jackman). Nomination for best costume design. Masters

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (PG-13): A man (Brad Pitt) is born as an 80-year-old and ages backward. Nominations for best picture, actor (Mr. Pitt), supporting actress (Taraji P. Henson), art direction, cinematography, costume design, directing (David Fincher), film editing, makeup, original score, sound mixing, visual effects, adapted screenplay. Augusta Exchange, Evans

DEFIANCE ( ***, R): Daniel Craig takes a break from Bond to play the eldest of three Jewish brothers who built a village in the Belarussian forest to save others from the Nazis. Nomination for original score. Evans, ends today at Augusta Exchange

FROST/NIXON ( ****, R) Frank Langella is close to brilliant as the disgraced 37th president, and Michael Sheen is fine, albeit shallow, as the British chat show host who delivered the historic 1977 interview. Nominations for best picture, actor (Mr. Langella), directing (Ron Howard), film editing, adapted screenplay. Evans, Augusta Exchange

MILK ( ****, R): Sean Penn stars as Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay official elected to office in California. Oscar nominations for best picture, actor (Mr. Penn), supporting actor (Josh Brolin), costume design, directing (Gus Van Sant), film editing, original score, original screenplay. Begins Friday at Augusta Exchange, Evans

THE READER ( ***, R): Stephen Daldry's account of the affair between a mature woman (Kate Winslet) and a secondary-school student (David Kross as a youth, Ralph Fiennes as an adult) in Germany, circa 1955. Nominations for best picture, actress (Ms. Winslet), cinematography, director (Mr. Daldry), adapted screenplay, Evans, begins Friday at Augusta Exchange, Aiken

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD ( ***, R): Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as an unfulfilled 1950s couple whose Technicolor dreams have given way to khaki realities. Nominations for best supporting actor (Michael Shannon), art direction, costume design. Augusta Exchange

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE ( ****, R) Danny Boyle's Indian epic is a love story, a look at raging poverty and vast wealth, and a keen take on a country that's at "the center of the world" in the 21st century. Nominations for best picture, cinematography, directing (Mr. Boyle), film editing, original score, original song, sound editing, sound mixing, adapted screenplay. Evans, Augusta Exchange

THE WRESTLER ( ***1/2, R): Mickey Rourke has the role of a lifetime -- and gives a performance of equal measure -- in this rough and tumbling portrait of an old wrestling star staging an improbable comeback. Nominations for best actor (Mr. Rourke), supporting actress (Marisa Tomei). Augusta Exchange


BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA ( **1/2, PG): A pampered pooch (voiced by Drew Barrymore) is stranded in Mexico. Masters

BRIDE WARS (PG): Two best friends (Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson) are helping each other plan their weddings, until a scheduling glitch turns them into rivals. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

THE D AY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (PG-13): Keanu Reeves stars as the extraterrestrial Klaatu, who warns mankind its days are numbered. Masters

FOUR CHRISTMASES ( *, PG-13): A married couple (Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon) must visit all four of their divorced parents on one dysfunctional Christmas Day. Masters

GRAN TORINO (R): Clint Eastwood plays a flinty, unapologetically racist Korean War vet who is not afraid to brandish his Army-issue M-1 Garand rifle or Colt .45 when needed. Think Dirty Harry, sort of. Evans, Augusta Exchange, Aiken

HOTEL FOR DOGS ( *, PG): Two kids take in nine stray dogs and hide them in an abandoned house. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

INKHEART ( **, PG) Family-oriented adventure about a man (Brendan Fraser) trying to rescue his wife (Sienna Guillory) from the fantasy realm where she's being held prisoner. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (PG): The former Central Park zoo dwellers hook up with their generational families in the wilds of Africa. Masters

MY BLOODY VALENTINE (R): Jensen Ackles (the hotter brother on The CW's Supernatural) finds himself a suspect in a 10-year-old Valentine's Day massacre. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

NIGHTS OF RODANTHE: ( **, PG-13): A romantic drama set at a North Carolina inn. Masters

NOT EASILY BROKEN (PG-13): A marriage-in-crisis melodrama baked from the Tyler Perry recipe. Augusta Exchange

NOTORIOUS ( ****, R): The life story of Notorious B.I.G., the Brooklyn rapper who was shot to death in a reported gang rivalry in 1997. Evans, ends today at Augusta Exchange

QUANTUM OF SOLACE ( **, PG-13): This is a very slight Bond movie, and it feels especially so compared to Casino Royale. Masters

PAUL BLART: MALL COP (PG): Kevin James plays a security guard who tries to save the day when the shopping center is overrun with crooks. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX (G): An animated adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's book about a spunky mouse in love with a human princess. Augusta Exchange, begins Friday at Masters

TRANSPORTER 3 ( *, PG-13): Jason Statham returns for a third outing in the slick, action-intensive franchise about a delivery man with a penchant for ticking off the wrong people. Masters

THE UNBORN (PG-13): A creepy-looking thriller about a young woman (Odette Yustman) who discovers she's the heir of a family curse. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

UNDERWORLD: RISE OF THE LYCANS (R): A look at how the werewolf Lucian (Michael Sheen) led an uprising against an aristocratic vampire sect -- a revolt that will mark the beginning of a centuries-old war between the two races. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken


Bedtime stories (PG): Adam Sandler goes Disney in this tale of a man who discovers the outlandish tales he tells his niece and nephew each night are all coming true. Augusta Exchange, Evans

FIREPROOF ( **, PG): Inspirational film about firefighters stars Kirk Cameron and is from the Albany, Ga., church that sponsored Facing the Giants. Masters

LAST CHANCE HARVEY ( **, PG-13): Dustin Hoffman plays an aging loner who takes one last shot at love. Augusta Exchange

MARLEY AND ME (PG): Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star in this adaptation of John Grogan's best-seller about the world's worst-behaved Labrador retriever. Augusta Exchange, Evans

SOUL MEN (R): Estranged former backup singers get reacquainted for a 20th anniversary concert. Masters

VALKYRIE (PG-13): Director Bryan Singer's drama about the efforts by Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (Tom Cruise) to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Evans


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