Originally created 09/23/04

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THEATERS, RATINGS

Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. 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, see augusta.com/movies.

COMING FRIDAY

FIRST DAUGHTER (PG-13) Katie Holmes (Pieces of April) plays a U.S. president's daughter whose freshman year in college includes romance and danger. Augusta Exchange and Evans

SHALL WE DANCE (PG-13) Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in remake of Japanese film that was a cross-cultural charmer. Preview screening, movie set for Oct. 15 release. Evans, 7:10 p.m. Saturday

THE FORGOTTEN (PG) Julianne Moore goes the psychological thriller route in this tale of a grieving mother who's told that her dead son never existed.

Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

ONGOING

A CINDERELLA STORY (H, PG) Dreary, flat, dismal and routine recycling of the Cinderella story. Masters and Augusta Village

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (PG-13) Battle of the sci-fi monster franchises features lots of action and gross outs. Begins Friday at Masters and Augusta Village

ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID (PG-13) The follow-up to the 1997 action hit Anaconda tracks an expedition in the jungles of Borneo that stumbles into mating season for monstrously large, ravenous snakes. Augusta Exchange, Big Mo and Evans, ends today at Aiken

CATWOMAN (H, PG-13) After Halle Berry discovers corporate skullduggery and is killed, an Egyptian cat named Midnight breathes new life into her, and she becomes Catwoman. Masters and Augusta Village

CELLULAR (HHH, PG-13) Kim Basinger is kidnapped and held in an attic; her child and husband are threatened. The phone in the attic is shattered, but as a science teacher she knows enough to piece it together. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

COLLATERAL (HHH, R) A long night in the life of a Los Angeles cabbie (Jamie Foxx), hired by a killer (Tom Cruise) who keeps him at gunpoint. Augusta Exchange and Evans

DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY (HHH, PG-13) Vince Vaughn plays the owner of a bankrupt gym, and Ben Stiller is the manic owner of the multimillion-dollar muscle rival. Augusta Village

FAHRENHEIT 9/11 (HHH, R) In a frankly partisan documentary, Michael Moore concludes that George W. Bush is incompetent, dishonest, failing in the war on terrorism, and has bad taste in friends. The charges in the film will not come as news to those who pay attention to politics, but Mr. Moore illustrates them with dramatic images and a relentless commentary track. Begins Friday at Augusta Exchange

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (HHH, PG) Harry returns to Hogwarts under a cloud. Sirius Black might intend Harry as his next victim. Augusta Village

HERO (PG-13) An early Chinese warlord dreams of uniting his nation, but is the target of three assassins. Jet Li claims to have killed all three. Augusta Exchange and Evans

I, ROBOT (HH, PG-13) Disappointing adaptation of the Isaac Asimov stories about robots derailed by contradictions in the Three Laws of Robotics. Masters, ends today at Augusta Exchange

KING ARTHUR (HHH, PG-13) Arthurian movie with Clive Owen as a lean, hard-edged Arthur and Keira Knightley as Guinevere. Augusta Village

LITTLE BLACK BOOK (HHH, PG-13) Brittany Murphy is cute and chirpy in the early scenes, so we assume this is going to be a routine career-girl comedy, and then it digs deeper until it's a satire about television. Masters, ends today at Augusta Village

MEAN GIRLS (HHH, PG-13) Lindsay Lohan is a fish out of water when she lands in high school. Augusta Village

MR. 3000 (PG-13) Bernie Mac plays a baseball slugger who retired, with his team in a pennant race, after he made his way into the books with 3,000 hits. Seven years later, three of those hits are declared ineligible, so he returns to the game to reclaim his record. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (H, PG) Depressing comedy about a super nerd (Jon Heder) who is happy to be left alone. Evans and Augusta Exchange

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S GOLD DIGGERS (PG-13) Will Friedle and Chris Owen play incompetent con artists who plot to marry and do away with two weird old heiresses (Renee Taylor and Louise Lasser), unaware that the women are hatching a murderous scheme of their own. Evans, ends today at Augusta Exchange

PAPARAZZI (PG-13) Mel Gibson produces a tale of a movie star seeking revenge on tabloid photographers. With Cole Hauser and Robin Tunney. Ends today at Augusta Exchange and Evans

RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE (R) Milla Jovovich returns to kick more mutant-zombie butt. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Big Mo and Evans

SHREK 2 (HHH, PG) Shrek and Princess Fiona go to meet her royal parents. Augusta Village and Masters

SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW (PG) Kerry Conran wrote the software that allowed him to shoot Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, the stars of this 1930s-set science-fiction adventure, against a blue screen, then create the entire "world of tomorrow" inside the computer. Visually, it's a German expressionistlike dream of a comic-book future. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

SUPERBABIES: BABY GENIUSES 2 (PG) This sequel to a 1999 flop features more toddlers with computer-animated mouths and bodies doing adult things. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (HHH, PG-13) An amnesiac with amazing skills is framed for murder in Berlin and pursues his enemies from India to Italy, Germany and Russia. Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE COOKOUT (PG-13) A new NBA star juggles an endorsement interview and a barbecue with his wacky family. Aiken and Augusta Exchange

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (HHH, PG-13) Global warming floods Manhattan and then freezes it. Billions die, but the movie's characters survive. Augusta Village

THE EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING (R) This prequel sets the stage for all we've seen before, as a youthful priest's first encounter with Beelzebub. Augusta Exchange

THE NOTEBOOK (HHH, PG-13) Cuts between the same couple at two seasons in their lives. It's a tear-jerker, but well-acted and deeply felt. MASTERS AND AUGUSTA VILLAGE

THE PRINCESS DIARIES: ROYAL ENGAGEMENT (H, G) Anne Hathaway, princess of Genovia, faces a one-month deadline: Get married, or lose her right to the crown. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE TERMINAL (HHH, PG-13) Tom Hanks stars as a man whose country has ceased to exist; he has no passport or visa, cannot go forward or back, and is told by a customs official (Stanley Tucci) he can stay in an airport arrivals lounge. Masters and Augusta Village

VANITY FAIR (HHHH, PG-13) Reese Witherspoon is splendid as Thackeray's ambitious heroine Becky Sharp, the orphan of an alcoholic painter who aspires to rise in society. Augusta Exchange

WHITE CHICKS (H, PG-13) Marlon and Shawn Wayans disguise themselves to act as bait for kidnappers. Augusta Village and Masters

WICKER PARK (HHH, PG-13) A baffling but perversely entertaining emotional thriller. Ends today at Augusta Exchange and Evans

WIMBLEDON (PG-13) While this was filmed partly on the lawns and in the locker rooms of the world's best-known tennis arena, this story of the romance that develops between a low-seeded Brit (Paul Bettany) and an American star (Kirsten Dunst) with a reputation for being diva-difficult is all fiction. Augusta Exchange and Evans

WITHOUT A PADDLE (PG-13) Amiable piffle that benefits from the warmly moronic camaraderie of stars Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

Julianne Moore plays a woman looking for the truth about her son in the thriller The Forgotten.