Originally created 10/25/02

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THEATERS, RATINGS

Movies are listed through Thursday with theater location. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. For an online movie guide, check out augusta.com/movies.

JUST OUT

GHOST SHIP (**, R) The crew of a salvage boat finds an ocean liner that has been lost for 40 years. It represents a treasure - or perhaps death. Evans and Masters.

[filtered word]: THE MOVIE (R) Johnny Knoxville takes his inane stunts from MTV to the big screen. Aiken, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

PAID IN FULL (** 1/2 , R) Based on the true stories of three 1980s Harlem drug lords. Wood Harris plays Ace, who works his way up from dry-cleaning delivery to control of a drug empire. He replaces a jailed drug lord, and then is targeted by a wild youngster (Cam'ron). Augusta Exchange.

POKEMON 4EVER (G) Japanese anime characters return to the big screen. Augusta Exchange.

PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE (*** 1/2 , R) Adam Sandler stars in a film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia), and that strange and unexpected pairing produces a film of uncanny power. Mr. Sandler plays a version of his usual childlike moron, but this one reveals frightening depths of violence, hurt and resentment. He tries to turn a bland face to the world, but erupts in sudden anger, and we sense his hurt and need. With Emily Watson as the sweet, peculiar woman who likes him no matter what. Augusta Exchange.

THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE (***, PG-13) Jonathan Demme's remake of Charade, with Thandie Newton in the Audrey Hepburn role. She plays a young widow in Paris who attracts unsavory characters because of the fortune her late husband is said to have stolen from them. With Mark Wahlberg in the Cary Grant role as a helpful stranger, and Tim Robbins, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Joong-Hoon Park as friends and/or enemies. Augusta Exchange.

TIME CHANGER (PG) A Bible professor from the 1890s travels forward in time and is displeased with what he sees. With Gavin MacLeod, D. David Morin and Hal Lindon. Augusta Exchange.

ONGOING

ABANDON (** 1/2 , PG-13) Katie Holmes stars as a smart college student whose boyfriend vanished two years ago. Now a cop (Benjamin Bratt) is on the case, and as they grow close, the boyfriend (Charlie Hunnam) reappears.Augusta Exchange and Evans.

AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (**, PG-13) Mike Myers is back in quadruple roles in a spy spoof with funny sequences, but the movie as a whole seems a little tired. Augusta Village.

BARBERSHOP (***, PG-13) Takes place during one long day in a barbershop on Chicago's South Side, where seven barbers man the chairs. The owner, Calvin (Ice Cube), has decided to sell the shop, and that devastates the others, including old Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), who is the house pontificator. Augusta Exchange and Masters.

BROWN SUGAR (***, PG-13) Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan are professionals who think hard about their decisions, in a movie that is billed as a hip-hop romance, but contains little music and is more thoughtful than the ads make it sound.Aiken, Augusta Exchange and Masters.

FEAR DOT COM (**, R) The screenplay is a mess, and yet the visuals are so creative this is one of the rare bad films you might actually want to see. Stephen Dorff and Natascha McElhone star, as a cop and a public health inspector, and Stephen Rea plays the host and torturer on a Web site with a deadly punishment for those who surf it. Augusta Village.

FORMULA 51 (*, R) Samuel L. Jackson as a kilt-wearing American drug inventor in violent negotiations with Meat Loaf in California and Ricky Tomlinson in Liverpool over possession of a drug said to be 51 times more powerful than any other. Aiken, Augusta Exchange and Evans.

JONAH - A VEGGIETALES MOVIE (G) The video-series veggies deliver a cute movie with a message in their version of the biblical tale of Jonah. Augusta Exchange and Evans.

KNOCKAROUND GUYS (***, R) Barry Pepper plays a Mafia heir who convinces his father (Dennis Hopper) to let him handle a job, and then discovers that his trusted friend (Seth Green) has lost a bag of money in a small Montana town. Mr. Pepper and friends Vin Diesel and Andrew Davoli fly out to retrieve it, attracting the attention of a corrupt and greedy sheriff (Tom Noonan). Augusta Exchange and Evans.

LIKE MIKE (***, PG) Bow Wow stars as a 14-year-old orphan who gets a pair of basketball shoes with the initials MJ written inside. When he wears them, he discovers, he's like Michael Jordan. Augusta Village.

LILO AND STITCH (*** 1/2 , PG) Animated comedy from Disney about a hostile alien creature named Stitch who is adopted as the pet of a little girl named Lilo. Augusta Village.

MARTIN LAWRENCE LIVE: RUNTELDAT (***, R) A concert film that is as verbally raw as Mr. Lawrence can possibly make it. It is also funny, if you can deal with the language. Augusta Village.

MINORITY REPORT (****, PG-13) Steven Spielberg is a master filmmaker at the top of his form, working with a star, Tom Cruise, who generates complex human feelings even while playing an action hero. Set in 2054, it stars Mr. Cruise as the chief of the Department of Precrime, which uses precognitives to stop crimes before they are committed. Augusta Village.

MR. DEEDS (* 1/2 , PG-13) Insincere remake of the 1936 Frank Capra classic, with Adam Sandler in the Gary Cooper role as Mr. Deeds. Augusta Village.

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING (***, PG) Warm-hearted slice of life about a 30ish Greek-American woman from Chicago (Nia Vardalos) who meets Mr. Right (John Corbett) - but he's not Greek! Aiken, Augusta Exchange and Evans.

RED DRAGON (*** 1/2 , R) Anthony Hopkins returns in the second film version of the first Thomas Harris novel about depraved psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. In an early scene, he is still in civilian life, until an encounter with an FBI agent (Edward Norton). Years later, Norton is recruited to track down another serial killer (Ralph Fiennes), and Lecter gets involved. Aiken, Augusta Exchange, Big Mo, Evans and Masters.

ROAD TO PERDITION (***, R) Tom Hanks stars as Michael Sullivan, a Chicago mob enforcer who loves his boss, Mr. Rooney (Paul Newman), like a father. After his wife and one of his two sons are murdered, Sullivan goes on the run with Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin). Augusta Village.

SCOOBY-DOO (*, PG) Live-action version of the TV cartoon series. Augusta Village and Big Mo.

SPIDER-MAN (**, PG-13) Imagine Superman with a Clark Kent more charismatic than the Man of Steel, and you'll understand how Spider-Man goes wrong. Tobey Maguire is pitch-perfect as the socially retarded Peter Parker, but when he becomes Spider-Man, the film turns to action sequences that zip along like perfunctory cartoons. Augusta Village.

SWEET HOME ALABAMA (***, PG-13) Reese Witherspoon is charming in a thin retread of that old plot where the big-city girl returns to her small town and discovers that down home is best. Aiken, Augusta Exchange, Evans, Masters, Pal and Pastime.

SWIMFAN (PG-13) Thriller about an elite high school swimmer whose life is turned upside down by an obsessive admirer. With Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby and Dan Hedaya. Augusta Village.

THE BANGER SISTERS (***, R) Two former groupies, so famous they got their nickname from Frank Zappa, have taken different paths. Suzette (Goldie Hawn) is still a bartender and party girl in West Hollywood, but Lavinia (Susan Sarandon) is ultra-respectable in Phoenix. Suzette visits Lavinia, with predictable results, but the movie is better than its screenplay. Pal and Pastime.

THE MASTER OF DISGUISE (*, PG) Dana Carvey plays multiple roles in a movie that is like a party guest who thinks he is funny and is wrong. Augusta Village.

THE RING (**, PG-13) Newspaper reporter and single mom Naomi Watts learns of a video that kills those who watch it within seven days. Her investigation, also involving her young son (David Dorfman) and his father (Martin Henderson), leads into gruesome and dread discoveries, followed by tedious explanations and flashbacks just when we think the movie must finally be over. Aiken, Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

THE TRANSPORTER (** 1/2 , PG-13) A movie that combines James Bond's luxurious European locations and love of deadly toys with all the tricks of martial arts movies. Stars Jason Statham and Qi Shu. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Masters.

THE TUXEDO (* 1/2 , PG-13) Jackie Chan stars as a taxi driver who inherits a $2 million superpowered tuxedo and is mistaken for a secret agent. He joins up with Jennifer Love Hewitt in fighting a villain with a plan to dominate the world by altering water so it causes dehydration. The movie is silly beyond comprehension, and even if it weren't silly, it would still be beyond comprehension. But it offers your only chance to see Jackie Chan doing James Brown's nightclub act. Augusta Exchange and Evans.

TUCK EVERLASTING (**, PG) Sentimental fable, based on a well-known book about a teenage girl (Alexis Bledel) who meets an immortal teenager and his family. Jesse (Jonathan Jackson) has been 17 for decades; he and his family drank from a spring that makes you immortal. Augusta Exchange and Evans.

THEATERS

AIKEN MALL, 300 Eastgate Drive, (803) 641-0000

AUGUSTA EXCHANGE 20, Wheeler Road at Bobby Jones Expressway, 667-9713

AUGUSTA VILLAGE, 1323 Augusta West Parkway, 860-4990

BIG MO DRIVE-IN, U.S. Highway 1, Monetta, S.C., (803) 685-7949

EVANS 12 CINEMAS,Belair Road at Washington Road, 869-1269

MASTERS 7 CINEMAS,2824 Washington Road, 736-4444

PAL THEATER,134 W. Broad St., Louisville, Ga., (912) 625-9998

PASTIME THEATER,Sandersville, Ga., (478) 625-9998

THOMSON TWIN CINEMA, Main Street, (706) 595-7317