Originally created 11/04/04

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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

ALFIE (HHH, R) Jude Law's Alfie is smoother and better groomed than the famous 1966 character played by Michael Caine, but he holds the same conviction that he can get away with an indefinite number of simultaneous affairs. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE INCREDIBLES (HHH, PG) Pixar animated comedy combines breakneck comic action with some sly satire about conformity in modern America. Mr. Incredible (voice by Craig T. Nelson) is a superhero forced into the Superhero Relocation Program after being grounded by lawsuits. His wife, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and superkids hide their talents in the suburbs until they're needed to meet a threat by Syndrome (Jason Lee), who wants to conquer the world with giant robots. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Big Mo and Evans

ONGOING

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

ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID (PG-13) Big snakes terrorize people in a jungle. 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. Begins Friday at Masters and Augusta Village, ends today at Augusta Exchange

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. Masters

EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING (R) Evil doings and possession in post-World War II north Africa. Ends today at Masters

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (PG-13) H.G. Bissinger's novel of west Texas football comes to the screen with Billy Bob Thornton as the coach. Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today at Aiken

I HEART HUCKABEES (HH, R) Jason Schwartzman plays an environmentalist who hires two Existential Detectives (Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin) to follow him around and explain the curious coincidences in his life. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

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

LADDER 49 (HHH, PG-13) Uncommonly effective film about firefighters, what they do and why they do it. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a young firefighter who we follow from his first day as a rookie; John Travolta is his captain. Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today at Aiken

MR. 3000 (PG-13) Baseball comedy with Bernie Mac. Big Mo

RAISE YOUR VOICE (H, PG) Hilary Duff stars in a dumb formula movie about a music student who suffers a tragedy and wants to go to music camp to begin rebuilding her life. Ends today at Evans

RAY (HHHH, PG-13) Jamie Foxx plays Ray Charles in a great, exuberant performance. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE (R) Milla Jovovich returns to kick more mutant-zombie butt. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

SAW (HH, R) Two men find themselves chained to opposite walls in a locked toilet also containing a corpse, a tape recorder, a gun and a saw. Horrible things happen, fearful paradoxes are explored, and although it's well-acted (especially by Cary Elwes and Leigh Whannell as the two men) and well-made by director James Wan, it's a machine for manufacturing suspense and has no interior life. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

SHALL WE DANCE (HHH, pg-13) Richard Gere is a Chicago lawyer who sees an alluring figure standing in the window of a dance studio and, on an impulse, signs up for ballroom lessons. The mystery woman (Jennifer Lopez) isn't interested in romance, or at least that's what she says, but he gets caught up in the excitement of a dance competition. Augusta Exchange and Evans

SHARK TALE (HH, PG) This animated parody inspired by The Godfather has Robert De Niro voicing Don Lino, boss of the coral reef. Will Smith voices Oscar, who works at the Whale Wash, a mob-connected business owned by a puffer fish (Martin Scorsese). Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

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

SPIDER-MAN 2 (HHHH, PG-13) Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst bring real poignancy to Peter Parker's troubled love for Mary Jane, and Alfred Molina is superb as Doc Ock, the good scientist who becomes a victim of his own invention. Masters and Augusta Village

SURVIVING CHRISTMAS (H, PG-13) Atrocious holiday comedy presents Ben Affleck as stilted and awkward as he's ever been, fumbling along with a dopey grin and way-over-the-top jocularity. The movie is dead from the outset, given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

TAXI (H, PG-13) The extravagant talent of Queen Latifah is tamed in a lame-brained action comedy that pairs her with Jimmy Fallon as an incompetent cop. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE (H, R) Trey Parker and Matt Stone (of South Park) are equal opportunity offenders, sneering at all sides in the terrorism crisis in a marionette show rich in immature vulgarity. Augusta Exchange and 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 Village

THE COOKOUT (PG-13) Suburban comedy with Queen Latifah and Farrah Fawcett. Masters and Augusta Village

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 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, ends today at Evans

THE GRUDGE (H, PG-13) Set in Japan, but with mostly American or English-speaking characters, who unwisely go one after another into a haunted house where their body parts are subjected to great inconvenience. Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today at Aiken

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (HHH, R) Jonathan Demme's remake of the 1962 John Frankenheimer classic follows the original up to a point, but has some surprises. Denzel Washington stars as the tortured Maj. Marco, haunted by nightmares about a patrol in Kuwait; Liev Schreiber is Raymond Shaw, the war hero as time bomb, and Meryl Streep plays his possessive, domineering mother. Masters and Augusta Village

THE VILLAGE (H, PG-13) M. Night Shyamalan strikes out in this turgid and anticlimactic thriller. It's set in a rustic village, whose inhabitants never enter the forest that surrounds them - until an emergency prompts the elder (William Hurt) to send his blind daughter (Bryce Dallas Howard) on a mission to get medicine. Augusta Village

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

WIMBLEDON (PG-13) The world of tennis serves as a backdrop to a romance between a low-seeded Brit (Paul Bettany) and an American star (Kirsten Dunst) with a reputation for being diva-difficult. Masters, ends today at Augusta Village

WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED (R) Kimberly Elise stars as Michelle Jordan, a victim of childhood abuse who becomes a criminal and winds up on death row. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

YU-GI-OH! (PG) Japanese anime fare. Ends today at Masters