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Daniel Day-Lewis is a famous director with regrets in Nine.

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ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKUEL (PG): The most annoying computer-animated film ever made now has a sequel with the most annoying title ever conceived. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

IT'S COMPLICATED (PG-13): Comedy about a divorced woman (Meryl Streep) dating an architect (Steve Martin). After a night of dinner and drinks, she finds herself falling all over again for her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin, whose performance has generated early Oscar buzz). Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

NINE (PG-13): Daniel Day-Lewis is the world-famous film director having a crisis of conscience, and Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard and Judi Dench are among the women in his life in director Rob Marshall's adaptation of the smash Broadway musical loosely inspired by the Fellini classic 81/2. Evans, Augusta Exchange

SHERLOCK HOLMES (PG-13): Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stuffy, pipe-smoking literary detective gets a 21st century makeover in director Guy (Snatch) Ritchie's action-heavy, big-budget reimagining starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as his trusty assistant Watson. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

UP IN THE AIR (R): Augusta Exchange, Evans


ARMORED (PG-13): Matt Dillon, Jean Reno, Laurence Fishburne and Fred Ward are among the employees of an armored-transport security firm who cook up the ultimate scam: Rip off the company, and no one gets hurt. Ends Friday at Augusta Exchange

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (PG): Animated version of holiday classic. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

AVATAR (PG-13): James Cameron's live-action/animation 3-D hybrid centering on a war between blue-skinned aliens on a distant planet. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

BROTHERS (R): Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a man who comforts the wife (Natalie Portman) of his older brother (Tobey Maguire), a Marine reportedly killed in Afghanistan. The reports turn out to be wrong, and after the missing Marine returns home, the brothers must readjust. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS ( ****, PG): Animated adaptation of the children's book about a town where food rains from the sky. Masters


DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? (PG-13): Hotshot Manhattanites (Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant) witness a mob hit and are relocated for their protection to a tiny town in Wyoming. But just because they are running for their lives doesn't mean they can't still hate each other. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

EVERYBODY'S FINE (PG-13): Robert De Niro attempts a role he hasn't played in ages -- that of an ordinary man -- in this story about a widower who heads out on a road trip to reconnect with his three grown and estranged children (Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale and Drew Barrymore). Augusta Exchange

INVICTUS (PG-13) Director Clint Eastwood teams with his Million Dollar Baby/Unforgiven co-star Morgan Freeman to recount the true story of how the newly elected Nelson Mandela used the 1995 Rugby World Cup as a vehicle to unite his country. Matt Damon co-stars as the captain of South Africa's team. Augusta Exchange, Evans

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (R): A father whose family is murdered takes revenge on criminals and the legal system. Begins Friday at Masters

OLD DOGS (PG): Buddy movie with John Travolta and Robin Williams won't hunt. Evans, ends Friday at Aiken

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (R): A young couple discovers suburbia isn't a safe haven from demons. Masters

PIRATE RADIO (R): Wacky misfit DJs broadcast rock to mainland England in the 1960s. Begins Friday at Masters

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE (R): A New York City teenager living in 1980s Harlem is abused by her father and by her unfathomably cruel mother. Augusta Exchange

STEPFATHER (PG-13): Mom marries a psycho. Masters

THE BLIND SIDE (PG-13): Homeless teen (Quinton Aaron) is taken in by a wealthy couple (Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw) as part of a college-football recruitment program. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

THE INVENTION OF LYING (PG-13): Ricky Gervais develops the ability to lie. Masters

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG (G): The Walt Disney Co. gets back to old-school, pen-and-ink animation with this 2-D (and proud of it) cartoon inspired by the classic fairy tale transplanted to Jazz-Age New Orleans and boasting the first black heroine in Disney animation history. Directed by The Little Mermaid team of Ron Clements and John Musker. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Augusta Exchange

THE ROAD (R): Father and son road-tripping through the apocalypse. Ends Friday at Augusta Exchange

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (PG-13): After the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) leaves, Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds comfort in the arms of a werewolf (Taylor Lautner). Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends Friday at Aiken

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG): A boy in a wolf suit is adopted by a clan of tooth-and-clawed monsters. Awww. Begins Friday at Masters


ASTRO BOY ( **, PG): The computer-animated adventures of a boy robot (voiced by Freddie Highmore) and his scientist creator (Nicolas Cage). Masters

BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY (R): Ends Friday at Augusta Exchange

THE BOX (PG-13): Married couple (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden) are given a wooden box. Push its button and you become instantly wealthy, but someone, somewhere, drops dead. Masters

SAW VI (R): Not to be confused with Saw V or Saw IV. Because this one is way different. Masters

TYLER PERRY'S I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF (PG-13): Madea (Tyler Perry) entrusts young delinquents to their aunt (Taraji P. Henson). Masters

ZOMBIELAND (R): Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg battle zombies. Masters



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