Originally created 02/15/02

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Movies are listed with theater location for today through Thursday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

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AMELIE (*** 1/2, R) A delicious pastry of a movie - a lighthearted fantasy with a winsome heroine who overcomes a sad childhood and brings cheer to others and joy to herself. Winner of the audience awards at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Chicago festivals; a magical charmer. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.Evans.

CROSSROADS (*1/2, PG-13) Britney Spears' feature debut is curiously low-key and even sad. Also pretty dumb. Britney and two girlfriends (Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning) hitch a ride to California with a hunk (Anson Mount). Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

HART'S WAR (***, R) In a German POW camp, a white American racist is found dead with a black airman standing over his body. Bruce Willis plays the senior American officer in the camp; he agrees to a court-martial and assigns young Lt. Hart (Colin Farrell) to defend the man charged with murder (Terrence Howard). Intense, absorbing, a little too neat at the end. Augusta Exchange and Evans.

JOHN Q (*1/2, PG-13) The kind of movie Mad magazine prays for - so earnest, overwrought and wildly implausible it begs to be parodied. Denzel Washington stars as a factory worker whose son needs a heart transplant. James Woods and Anne Heche are the hospital authorities who demand cash in advance; John Q. takes hostages and demands that his son go to the top of the recipients' list. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

MONSTER'S BALL (****, R)Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton find solace for their pain in each other. Not a message movie about interracial relationships, but the story of two desperate people who turn to each other because there is no place else to turn. Augusta Exchange.

RETURN TO NEVER LAND (***, G)A quarter-century has passed, and England is again at war, but Never Land remains in a time warp, with Captain Hook gnashing his teeth because Peter Pan has hidden his treasure. A skillful matinee stop for the kiddies. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

SUPERTROOPERS (**1/2, R)Imagine a group of Vermont state troopers treating their job as an opportunity to stage real-life Candid Camera situations. Now imagine that all of the troopers have ambitions to be stand-up comics and that they were inspired to get into the force by watching Police Academy movies. But they are basically good guys. Sort of disconnected, but with undeniable charm. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange and Evans.


13 GHOSTS (*, R) A father, son, daughter, nanny and two ghostbusters enter the strange house of Uncle Cyrus, which contains 12 grotesque ghosts in containment cages. Augusta Village.

A BEAUTIFUL MIND (PG-13) Russell Crowe's brilliant performance in the story of John Forbes Nash Jr., a man who is one of the world's greatest mathematicians and a victim of schizophrenia. Evans, Aiken Mall,and Augusta Exchange.

A WALK TO REMEMBER (****, PG) Mandy Moore stars as a high school outsider; Shane West is a popular boy who begins to fall in love with her in the touching story of a love based on values and respect. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Pastime.

BIG FAT LIAR (***, PG) Frankie Muniz stars with Amanda Bynes as 14-year-olds who go to Hollywood seeking justice after sleazy producer Paul Giamatti steals the boy's homework and turns it into a movie. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

BLACK HAWK DOWN (****, R) Ridley Scott's gripping, incisive story of a U.S. military raid that went disastrously wrong in Somalia in 1993. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Pal.

BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (***, R) A great-looking, cheerfully preposterous French film about werewolves, aristocrats, secret societies, Iroquois Indians, martial arts, occult ceremonies, sacred mushrooms and swashbuckling. Augusta Exchange.

COLLATERAL DAMAGE (***, R) Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a fireman who sees his wife and child killed by a terrorist bomb and seeks revenge. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE (* 1/2 , PG-13) Nice guy John Travolta beams benignly while his ex-wife (Teri Polo) marries the new rich guy in town (Vince Vaughn). Only Mr. Travolta's son Danny (Matthew O'Leary) knows how evil the new husband is - and no one will believe him. Augusta Village.

GOSFORD PARK (****, R) Robert Altman's wonderful film begins with the formula for an Agatha Christie mystery (murder in an English country house, everyone a suspect) and transforms it into a comedy about selfishness, greed, snobbery, eccentricity and class. Augusta Exchange.

HARDBALL (** 1/2 , PG-13) Keanu Reeves stars as a compulsive gambler who finds redemption as coach of an inner-city youth baseball team. Augusta Village.

HOW HIGH (R) Rappers Redman and Method Man star as a couple of guys from the 'hood who stumble across some magical weed that lands them scholarships to Harvard. Augusta Village.

I AM SAM (**, PG-13) Sam (Sean Penn), who has the IQ of a 7-year-old, is trying to raise his daughter (Dakota Fanning). But social workers want to place her with an adoptive family. Augusta Exchange.

IMPOSTOR (PG-13) Sci-fi thriller starring Gary Sinese. Augusta Village.

IN THE BEDROOM (****, R) Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson star as the parents of a teen-age son (Nick Stahl) in love with an older woman (Marisa Tomei). Augusta Exchange.

JOE SOMEBODY (* 1/2 , PG) Tim Allen demands revenge on a bully (Patrick Wardburton). Augusta Village.

KUNG POW: ENTER THE FIST (PG-13) Martial-arts spoof with Steve Oedekerk serving as the writer, director and star. Augusta Exchange.

NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE (R) Spoof of teen movies. Augusta Village.

ORANGE COUNTY (***, PG-13) Colin Hanks wants to study under a Stanford professor. Alas, Stanford rejects him, so his dopehead brother (Jack Black) and loyal girlfriend (Schuyler Fisk) accompany him to confront the dean of admissions (Harold Ramis). Augusta Exchange.

ROLLERBALL ( 1/2 -*, PG-13) An incoherent mess. In 2005, the start-up sport of Rollerball pits skaters and motorcyclists on a track too small for both, in a violent game even the players say they don't understand. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

SHALLOW HAL (***, PG-13) Jack Black plays Hal, a shallow party animal who is programmed by guru Tony Robbins to see inner beauty. Augusta Village.

SNOW DOGS (PG) Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as a Florida dentist who goes to Alaska to collect an inheritance that turns out to be a mischievous team of sled dogs. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange and Evans.

SPY GAME (R) Robert Redford plays Nathan Muir, a veteran CIA agent on the brink of retirement. He spends his last day on the job trying to free Tom Bishop (Brad Pitt), a former protege, who is imprisoned in China. Augusta Village.

THE BLACK KNIGHT (PG-13) Catapult Martin Lawrence back in time six centuries or so to the age of knights, and poof, a ready-to-serve comedy about a bad-boy street jester going medieval. Augusta Village.

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (***, PG-13) James Caviezel portrays Edmond Dantes, a low-born 18th-century adventurer betrayed by his friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce). Based on the Alexander Dumas classic, it's the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age. Aiken Mall, Augusta Exchange, Masters and Evans.

THE MAJESTIC (PG) Jim Carrey plays a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter who loses his memory and is mistaken in a small town as a local hero who was killed in World War II. Augusta Village.

THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (**, PG-13) Richard Gere plays a Washington Post reporter whose life takes a turn toward the twilight zone. Augusta Exchange.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS (***, PG-13) J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece has been transmuted into a modern sword-and-sorcery epic at the cost of the book's naive and guileless vision. Augusta Exchange.

THE ONE (* 1/2 , R) There are 124 parallel universes, and if Jet Li can kill the 123 other Jet Lis he will have the strength of 124 men and be The One. Augusta Village.

TRAINING DAY (***, R) Denzel Washington plays a Los Angeles cop so vile and violent he makes The French Connection's Popeye Doyle look like Officer Friendly. Augusta Village.


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