Originally created 04/08/04

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


ELLA ENCHANTED (HHH1Ž2, PG) A real charmer of a family comedy, starring Anne Hathaway as Ella, a young beauty in a fairy-tale kingdom. Evans, Augusta Exchange

THE ALAMO (HHH1Ž2, PG-13) Billy Bob Thornton gives one of his best performances as Davy Crockett, abashed by the legends that have grown up about him. Evans, Augusta Exchange and Aiken

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR (H, R) Masquerading as a teen comedy, this is a squalid and seamy story about a teenager (Emile Hirsch) who falls in love with a teen porn actress (Elisha Cuthbert). Evans, Augusta Exchange and Aiken

THE WHOLE TEN YARDS (H, PG-13) Bruce Willis plays Jimmy the Tulip, former hit man, hiding out in Mexico while his new wife (Amanda Peet) works as a hit woman. His old friend Oz the dentist (Matthew Perry), now married to Jimmy's former wife (Natasha Henstridge), also gets involved when the crime boss Laszlo Gogolak (Kevin Pollak) gets out of prison and seeks revenge for the death of his son. Evans, Augusta Exchange


50 FIRST DATES (HHH, PG-13) Adam Sandler plays a fish veterinarian in Hawaii who falls in love with a girl (Drew Barrymore) who has short-term memory loss. Ends today, Augusta Exchange

BIG FISH (HH1Ž2, PG-13) Albert Finney plays an old man on his deathbed who keeps repeating fantastical legends. Augusta Village and Masters

AGENT CODY BANKS 2: DESTINATION LONDON (HH1Ž2, PG) Another summer, another assignment for the CIA's ace teenage James Bond (Frankie Muniz). Ends today, Augusta Exchange

BROKEN LIZARD'S CLUB DREAD (HH1Ž2, R) While Pete (Bill Paxton) bores everyone with his near-hit Pinacoladaberg, a machete-wielding killer stalks the island. Ends today, Augusta Village

BROTHER BEAR (HHH, G) Three brothers have their destiny transformed when one is killed by a bear, another is changed into a bear and the third mistakenly targets his bear-brother for vengeance. Augusta Village

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN (HHH, PG) Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt are lovable in a sweet remake of the 1950 classic. Augusta Village and Masters

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN (PG) Painfully unfunny affair despite earnest performances from Lindsay Lohan and her teen co-stars. Augusta Village and Masters

DAWN OF THE DEAD (HHH, R) Zombies seek victims in a shopping mall. Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today in Aiken

HELLBOY (HHH1Ž2 STARS, PG-13) Ron Perlman plays the title character, who fights for mankind against the Nazi-spawned monsters of hell. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

HIDALGO (HHH, PG-13) Bold, exuberant swashbuckler with Viggo Mortensen as Frank Hopkins, who takes his beloved mustang Hidalgo to the Saudi desert for the Ocean of Fire race. ends today Augusta Exchange and Evans

HOME ON THE RANGE (HH, PG) The Patch of Heaven ranch faces foreclosure, and the cows decide to save it. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

HONEY (HH1Ž2, PG-13) Jessica Alba teaches dance in a community center run by her mom (Lonette McKee), is discovered by a slick video producer (David Moscow), and has to choose between his riches and her real love. Ends today, Augusta Village

JERSEY GIRL (HHH1Ž2, PG-13) After he loses his wife and his job, Ben Affleck moves back to New Jersey to live with his father (George Carlin) and young daughter (Raquel Castro). Augusta Exchange, Evans ends today Aiken

JOHNSON FAMILY VACATION (HH, PG-13) Cedric the Entertainer hits the road with his family to attend the annual family reunion, in a genial but unfocused comedy. Evans, Augusta Exchange

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (HHH1Ž2, PG-13) At last, the full arc is visible, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy comes into final focus. Masters, ends today, Augusta Village

MIRACLE (HHH, PG) Kurt Russell, beefed up, plays the real-life Herb Brooks, who coached the 1980 American Olympic championship hockey team. Masters, Augusta Village

MY BABY'S DADDY (PG-13) Three babies born out of wedlock create lifestyle changes for their fathers. Masters

NEVER DIE ALONE (HHH1Ž2, R) Introspective morality tale about a mid-level drug dealer played by DMX. Augusta Exchange

SCOOBY-DOO 2: MONSTERS UNLEASHED (HH, PG) A silly machine that whirls goofy antics before the eyes of easily distracted audiences. Aiken, Evans and Augusta Exchange

SECRET WINDOW (HHH, PG-13) Johnny Depp in another one of those performances of musing eccentricity, as a thriller writer who is living alone in a cabin in the woods after splitting with his wife (Maria Bello). Augusta Exchange and ends today, Evans

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE (HHH1Ž2, PG-13) Jack Nicholson has never dated a woman older than 30. Diane Keaton thinks dating is behind her, and suddenly she finds herself being courted both by Mr. Nicholson and by a young doctor (Keanu Reeves). Ends today, Masters

SPARTAN (HHHH, R) David Mamet's thriller is on a large scale; the president's daughter is kidnapped, and the Secret Service, FBI, CIA, Special Ops and White House get involved. Opens Friday, Augusta Village

STARSKY & HUTCH (HHH, PG-13) Often inspired retread of the 1970s TV series, with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in the title roles. They play misfit Bay City cops, made into partners and put on the trail of drug kingpin Vince Vaughn, with Snoop Dogg as their favorite pimp/superfly/informer. Ends today, Augusta Exchange and Evans

TAKING LIVES (HHH, R) Angelina Jolie helps Montreal police find a serial killer. She uses intuition to pick up the killer's vibes, creates a profile and figures out a pattern. Ends today, Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE LADYKILLERS (HH1Ž2, R) Tom Hanks stars in a remake of the classic 1955 British comedy that starred Alec Guinness as a "musician" who rents a room from a sweet old lady and uses it as a base to plot criminal schemes. Evans and Augusta Exchange

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (HH, R) Ashton Kutcher stars as a boy who keeps journals of his troubled childhood, and finds out as a college student that he can use them to revisit the past and change things - improving the future, although it doesn't always work out that way. Augusta Village and Masters

THE HAUNTED MANSION (HH1Ž2, PG) Eddie Murphy and Marsha Thomason play married real estate agents who are summoned to a vast old manor. Taking along their kids, they stumble into a ghost story. Augusta Village

THE PRINCE AND ME (HH1Ž2, PG) Julia Stiles is the Wisconsin farm girl and Luke Mably is the prince of Denmark in the latest version of the age-old formula. A sweet, innocent story, ideal for girls of a certain age but perhaps not for everybody else. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE LAST SAMURAI (HHH1Ž2, R) Tom Cruise plays a shabby Civil War veteran who meets a proud samurai warrior (Ken Watanabe) in a Japan moving away from its traditions. Hired as a mercenary, Mr. Cruise is captured by the warrior, who is leading a rebellion against modernism. Augusta Village

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (HHHH, R) A harrowing and graphic depiction of the suffering and death of Jesus, filmed without compromise. Some will be moved, others horrified. The most violent film I have ever seen, and one of the most deeply felt. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (0 STARS, R) A contemptible film: vile, ugly and brutal. There is not a shred of a reason to see it. Augusta Village

TORQUE (HH, PG-13) Martin Henderson stars as a biker who has been framed for the murder of rival biker Ice Cube's brother; this leads to a gang war crossed with a drug war and a police chase, in a film that is all surface, but skillfully done. Augusta Village

TWISTED (H1Ž2, R) Ashley Judd plays a homicide detective who drinks too much, blacks out and finds herself investigating the murders of guys she has slept with. Is there a pattern here, or only an ungainly premise for a thriller that ends with a scene so unlikely Austin Powers would blush? Ends today, Augusta Exchange

YOU GOT SERVED (PG-13) Rarely do you encounter a movie without a shred of originality, but this is such a cinematic vacuum. Welcome to the world of competitive dancing. Teen poster boys and brothers Omari Grandberry (also known as Omarion) and Marques "Batman" Houston of the R&B singing groups B2K and IMX, respectively, star as David and Elgin, the leaders of a street dance troupe. Augusta Village and Masters

WALKING TALL (HH, PG-13) The Rock stars in a remake of the 1973 hit inspired by righteous Sheriff Buford Pusser and his big oak club. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT (HHH, PG-13) Gene Hackman plays a former U.S. president who retires to the Maine hamlet of Mooseport and suddenly finds himself running for mayor against the local plumber (Ray Romano). Maura Tierney, the plumber's long-suffering girlfriend, is asked out to dinner by the ex-pres, causing no end of local intrigue. Augusta Village, ends today Masters

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