Originally created 03/03/05

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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.


BE COOL (H, PG-13) Sequel that knows it is a sequel, with some of the same characters as Get Shorty (1995), including John Travolta as Chili Palmer - a Miami loan shark turned L.A. movie producer in the first movie, and now in the music business. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE JACKET (HH, R) Adrien Brody plays a wounded soldier who is taken for dead, recovers from his amnesia, finds himself framed as a cop killer, and is sent to an asylum where the beady-eyed doctor (Kris Kristofferson) thinks it will help the patients to be locked, cold and wet, in morgue drawers for hours or days at a time. Augusta Exchange, Evans

THE PACIFIER (HH, PG) Vin Diesel stars as a Navy SEAL who finds himself baby-sitting the five children of a scientist whose encryption code could tilt the balance of power. We know he'll start out gruff and end up lovable, and there's promise in scenes like the one where he takes over the direction of the high school production of The Sound of Music, but the comedy never reaches the laugh-out-loud stage, and the plot seems familiar. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans


ARE WE THERE YET? (PG) Family-friendly comedy with Ice Cube. Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today at Aiken

BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE (HH, PG) A lonely 10-year-old named Opal (AnnaSophia Robb) lives in a small town with her even lonelier dad, named Preacher (Jeff Daniels). Her mother walked out seven years ago, and her dad is still depressed. Then a dog, which she names after the supermarket, comes into her life, and through the dog she meets eccentric and colorful friends played by Dave Matthews, Cicely Tyson and Eva Marie Saint. Augusta Exchange, Aiken 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

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

COACH CARTER (HHH, PG-13) Samuel L. Jackson stars as a high school basketball coach who insists his players get decent grades. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

CONSTANTINE (H, R) Keanu Reeves plays a chain-smoking, depressed demon-hunter who lives above a bowling alley in Los Angeles. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

CURSED (PG-13) Werewolf? There wolf! Silver bullets should fly in this werewolf flick set in Los Angeles from creature- feature maven Wes Craven. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

DARKNESS (PG-13) Horror movie with Ana Paquin. Augusta Village and Masters

DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN (H, PG-13) This starts out to be a perfectly interesting drama starring Kimberly Elise as Helen, a wife of 18 years, brutally dumped by her no-good, philandering husband (Steve Harris). She flees to the home of her Grandma Madea, and the movie falls to pieces. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

ELEKTRA (H, PG-13) Jennifer Garner stars as a costumed killer for hire. Augusta Village and Masters

FAT ALBERT (HH, PG) A magic portal is opened to the Fat Albert cartoon show. Augusta Village and Masters

hide and seek (HH, R) 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. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

HITCH (HH, PG-13) Will Smith is likable as Hitch the Date Doctor, a professional romantic consultant who tries to coach hapless cases such as Albert (Kevin James) in the art of getting a woman's attention and inspiring her affection. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

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. Augusta Village and Masters

MAN OF THE HOUSE (PG-13) Texas Ranger Tommy Lee Jones must guard a group of University of Texas cheerleaders who witnessed a drug-deal murder. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

MEET THE FOCKERS (HH, PG-13) In Meet the Parents (2000), Greg and Pam met her parents. Now it's time to meet his. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

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. Augusta Exchange and Evans

OCEAN'S TWELVE (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. Augusta Village and Masters

POOH'S HEFFALUMP MOVIE (G) Cute, cuddly, wholesome and well-intentioned - all this you'd expect from a movie starring Winnie the Pooh and company. You'll also get a parable about prejudice. Evans, ends today at Augusta Exchange

SAW (HH, R ) It's another gruesome thriller. Augusta Village

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

SIDEWAYS (HHHH, R) English teacher Miles (Paul Giamatti) will be the best man when his friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) gets married. Ends today at Evans and Augusta Exchange

SON OF THE MASK (H, PG) The sequel follows the Jim Carrey original by 10 years, and also lags in quality. Too much manic slapstick, not enough that's genuinely funny, as an ad man (Jamie Kennedy) gets promoted after his dog finds the magical mask. Augusta Exchange and Evans, ends today at Aiken

SPANGLISH (HHH, PG-13) Director James L. Brooks' new comedy features Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni. Begins Friday at Masters and Augusta Village

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

THE AVIATOR (HHHH, PG-13) Martin Scorsese re-creates the glorious rise and lonely fall of Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio). Augusta Exchange, ends today Evans

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

THE INCREDIBLES (HHH, PG) Pixar animated comedy combines breakneck action with sly satire. Augusta Village and Masters

THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (PG) SpongeBob hopes to be named manager of Bikini Bottom's newest eatery, the Krusty Krab II. Augusta Village and Masters

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

COLUMBIA PICTURESWill Smith (left), who plays the Date Doctor, gives Kevin James some advice about wooing and winning women in Hitch.


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