Originally created 02/03/05

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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

BOOGEYMAN (PG-13) A man haunted by childhood traumas must decide whether a monstrous entity is real or imagined. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

HOTEL RWANDA (HHHH, PG-13) In 1994, a million people were murdered in Rwanda as one tribe turned against another. In Kigali, the capital city, a hotel manager (Don Cheadle) is able to save about 1,200 lives using deception, misdirection, bribery and intuition about human nature. Augusta Exchange

THE WEDDING DATE (PG-13) In this comedy, Debra Messing hires male escort Dermot Mulroney in order to dupe her ex-fiance at her sister's wedding. Augusta Exchange and Evans

OSCAR NOMINEES

FINDING NEVERLAND (HHH, PG) Johnny Depp plays J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, who finds inspiration through a widow (Kate Winslet) and her four young boys. Oscar nominations for best picture, best actor (Mr. Depp) and adapted screenplay. Augusta Exchange, Evans, begins Friday at Aiken

RAY (HHHH, PG-13) Jamie Foxx earns an Oscar nomination for best actor as he plays Ray Charles in a great, exuberant performance. The movie also earned an Oscar nomination for best picture, director (Taylor Hackford). Masters, ends today at Augusta Village and Augusta Exchange

SHARK TALE (HH, PG) A parody inspired by The Godfather and starring Robert De Niro as Don Lino, boss of the coral reef. Oscar nomination for animated feature film. Augusta Village and Masters

SIDEWAYS (HHHH, R) Wine-soaked English teacher Miles (Paul Giamatti) will be the best man in a week when his friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) gets married. He proposes a weeklong bachelor party spent touring California's wine country. Oscar nominations for best picture, director (Alexander Payne), supporting actor (Thomas Haden Church), supporting actress (Virginia Madsen) and adapted screenplay. Evans and Augusta Exchange

THE AVIATOR (HHHH, PG-13) Martin Scorsese re-creates the glorious rise and lonely fall of Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio). One of the year's best films. Oscar nominations for best film, director, actor (Mr. DiCaprio), supporting actor (Alan Alda), supporting actress (Cate Blanchett) and original screenplay. Augusta Exchange and Evans and Aiken

ONGOING

ALONE IN THE DARK (HH, R) Movie adaptation of a video game with Christian Slater as an investigator of the paranormal. Augusta Exchange and Evans

ARE WE THERE YET? (PG) Family-friendly comedy with Ice Cube as a harried bachelor who has to take his girlfriend's children on the road. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (HHH, R) Ethan Hawke leads the defense of a police station surrounded by attackers, in a remake of John Carpenter's 1976 film. Augusta Exchange and Evans

BLADE: TRINITY (H, R) The third and weakest of the Blade series, with Wesley Snipes returning as the half-vampire, half-human vampire killer. Augusta Village and Masters

CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS (H, PG) Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis star as the Kranks, a couple who decide to skip their usual $6,000 Christmas decorations and go on a cruise instead. Masters and Augusta Village

COACH CARTER (HHH, PG-13) Samuel L. Jackson stars in a story based on real events, about a high school basketball coach who insists his students get decent grades to stay on the team. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

ELEKTRA (H, PG-13) Jennifer Garner stars as a costumed killer for hire, who is targeted for elimination by a secretive Japanese martial arts society. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Aiken and Evans

FAT ALBERT (HH, PG) Doris (Kyla Pratt) feels left out at school and sheds a tear, which falls onto her TV screen - opening a magic portal to the Fat Albert cartoon show. Ends today at Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (PG-13) All-star cast is marooned in the desert when their plane is downed in a sandstorm. Masters

HIDE AND SEEK (HH, R) After her mother commits suicide, a young girl (Dakota Fanning) is taken to live in a rambling upstate New York house by her father (Robert De Niro), a psychiatrist. Perhaps her demons won't follow her. But they do, in the form of Charlie, an imaginary friend. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

IN GOOD COMPANY (HHH, PG-13) Dennis Quaid is demoted when a conglomerator takes over his magazine, and his new boss is a 26-year-old hotshot (Topher Grace). Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today at Aiken

LADDER 49 (HHH, PG-13) Effective film about firefighters, what they do and why they do it. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a young firefighter; John Travolta is his captain. Augusta Village

LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (PG) From Daniel Handler's children's books, Jim Carrey plays the nefarious Count Olaf while Meryl Streep is eccentric Aunt Josephine. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

MEET THE FOCKERS (HH, PG-13) In Meet the Parents (2000), Greg and Pam (Ben Stiller and Teri Polo) met her parents, Jack and Dina Byrnes (Robert De Niro and Blythe Danner). Now it's time to meet his, Bernie and Roz Focker (Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand). Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today at Aiken

MILLION DOLLAR BABY (HHHH, R) A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true. Clint Eastwood plays an aging fight trainer, and Hilary Swank is a hillbilly girl who thinks she can be a boxer. Morgan Freeman works at the gym and is Mr. Eastwood's oldest and best friend. Oscar nominations for best picture, director, best actor (Mr. Eastwood), actress (Ms. Swank), supporting actor (Mr. Freeman) and adapted screenplay. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

MR. 3000 (HHH, PG-13) Bernie Mac stars as the legend of the Milwaukee Brewers, who quits with 3,000 hits and then, at 47, discovers he actually has only 2,997 hits. He comes out of retirement to try to get three more hits. Augusta Village

NATIONAL TREASURE (HH, PG) A movie of transcendent and even sublime silliness, bearing a remarkable resemblance to the plot of The Da Vinci Code. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

OCEAN'S TWELVE (HH, PG-13) A caper movie in which we get to kick back with George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Andy Garcia and Don Cheadle. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

RACING STRIPES (HH, PG) A baby zebra is lost by a circus and found by a young girl (Hayden Panettiere) and her dad (Bruce Greenwood). She names it Stripes, adopts it as a pet, and dreams of the day when she can ride it in the derby. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

SAW (HH, R) It's another of those gruesome thrillers in which the killer has spared no effort to fabricate an elaborate plot for the benefit of the screenplay. Augusta Village and Masters

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 signs up for ballroom lessons. Augusta Village and Masters

TAXI (H, PG-13) The talent of Queen Latifah is tamed in a lame-brained action comedy. Augusta Village

THE FORGOTTEN (HH, PG-13) Julianne Moore plays a mother who mourns her dead son, only to be told by everybody she trusts that she never had a son. Augusta Village

THE GRUDGE (H, PG-13) The characters unwisely go one after another into a haunted house. Augusta Village and Masters

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (HHH, PG-13) Joel Schumacher directs a better movie than the material deserves. Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (PG) Augusta Village and Masters

WHITE NOISE (PG-13) Michael Keaton stars in a supernatural thriller as a man who receives messages from the dead. Augusta Exchange and Evans

WITHOUT A PADDLE (PG-13) Buddy comedy with Seth Green, Matthew Lillard and Dax Shepard. Augusta Village