Originally created 05/26/05

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THEATERS, RATINGS

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.

JUST OUT

MADAGASCAR (HH, PG) Four animals are stars at the Central Park Zoo: Alex the Lion (voice by Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith). Alex dines on steaks and loves singing New York, New York. Marty dreams of escape. One of his getaway attempts leads to all four being returned to the wild, and in Madagascar they meet a kingdom of lemurs (voices by Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer). Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Big Mo and Evans

THE LONGEST YARD (HHH, PG-13) Adam Sandler stars as a has-been pro quarterback, sent to prison after a drunken spree. There he finds himself leading a team of convicts against a team of guards, in a high-stakes game televised, for some reason, on ESPN. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

ONGOING

ARE WE THERE YET? (PG) Family-friendly comedy with Ice Cube. Augusta Village, ends today at Masters

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. Augusta Village

BEAUTY SHOP (HHH, PG-13) Queen Latifah moves to Atlanta, becomes a star in the upscale salon run by Jorge (Kevin Bacon), then starts her own shop. Begins Friday at Augusta Village and Masters

BOOGEYMAN (PG-13) A man haunted by childhood traumas must decide whether a monstrous entity is real or imagined. Ends today at Augusta Village

CONSTANTINE (H, R) Keanu Reeves plays a chain-smoking, depressed demon-hunter. Having been in hell and condemned to return, he tries to redeem himself by casting down demons, with the aid of L.A. detective Rachel Weisz. Augusta Village

CRASH (R) So what do Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon and Brendan Fraser have in common? They're all strangers brought together by a car accident. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN (H, PG-13) 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. Ends today at Augusta Village and Masters

FEVER PITCH (HHH, PG-13) Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon are both around 30 and single. She thinks it may be time to get married. He already seems married, to the Boston Red Sox. Begins Friday at Augusta Village and Masters

GUESS WHO (PG-13) Ashton Kutcher is called upon for embarrassing antics in this movie, a comic re-envisioning of the 1967 classic Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Ends today at Aiken

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 lakeside house by her father (Robert De Niro), a psychiatrist. He hopes her demons won't follow her. Ends today at Augusta Village

HITCH (HH PG-13) Will Smith is a romantic consultant who tries to coach hapless cases in the art of getting a woman's attention and affection. Augusta Village and Masters

HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (PG) Sitting through the long-awaited film version of Douglas Adams' beloved book calls to mind another recent ambitious effort: last year's I (Heart) Huckabees. Both have eclectic ensemble casts. Both mix complicated concepts with goofy physical comedy. Both have the courage to be just completely out there. Hitchhiker's Guide just feels like an onslaught of too much stuff - all at the expense of character development and plot. Big Mo, ends today at Evans, Augusta Exchange

HOSTAGE (HHH, R) Bruce Willis stars as a police chief who takes command when three teens get in over their heads with a home invasion that turns into a hostage situation. Begins Friday at Masters and Augusta Village

HOUSE OF WAX (R) In a loose remake of the 1953 horror classic, Paris Hilton and Elisha Cuthbert are college students at the mercy of weird brothers who operate an extremely weird museum. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, ends today at Evans

ICE PRINCESS (HHH, G) The folks at Walt Disney figure there's an exact formula to the princess tale: Take one goody-goody teenage outsider, hand her an impossible dream come true, add water (frozen, in this case) and a nasty rival or two, then sit back and count the ticket admissions. Augusta Village, ends today at Masters

KICKING & SCREAMING (PG) Can Will Ferrell stand up to Robert Duvall? Mr. Ferrell plays a doofus son; Mr. Duvall is his cantankerous pop. They coach rival little-league soccer teams. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, and Evans

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (R) Director Ridley Scott, who gave us Gladiator, returns to the epic arena with Orlando Bloom as a reluctant Crusader, and Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons are among those he meets along the way. Evans, ends today at Aiken, Augusta Exchange

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. Ends today at Masters

MILLION DOLLAR BABY (PG-13) A masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true. It tells the story of an aging fight trainer (Clint Eastwood) and a hillbilly girl (Hilary Swank) who thinks she can be a boxer. Ends today at Masters

MINDHUNTERS (R) Val Kilmer plays an FBI honcho training a group of profilers to find a serial killer. Augusta Exchange

MISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMED AND FABULOUS (PG-13) Action comedy with Sandra Bullock as an FBI agent thrust into the world of beaty pageants. Begins Friday at Augusta Village and Masters

MONSTER-IN-LAW (PG-13) Can Jennifer Lopez stand up to Jane Fonda? Most people will bet on Ms. Fonda. This comedy could be a comeback for both actresses. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

NATIONAL TREASURE (PG) Adventure caper movie with Nicholas Cage. Ends today at Augusta Village

ROBOTS (HHH, PG) Slapstick comedy in a world inhabited by robots. Masters and Augusta Village

SAHARA (HHH, PG-13) Clive Cussler's action hero Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) goes on an expedition to the Sahara to find the remains of a long-lost Civil War ironclad ship. Ends today at AUGUSTA EXCHANGE

STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (HHH, PG-13) A return to the classic space opera style that launched the series, with lots of action amazingly conceived and visualized ... The Force is in a jollier mood this time, and Revenge is a great entertainment. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (R) The 1979 movie with James Brolin, Rod Steiger and Margot Kidder was a sleeper hit. This update of the haunted-house thriller stars Ryan Reynolds, Philip Baker Hall and Melissa George. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

THE INTERPRETER (HH, PG-13) Most of the the film is a thoughtful melodrama crackling with sophisticated dialogue and understated suspense. Yet the filmmakers have mustered bottomless mood in support of a pedestrian narrative that never quite pays off. Ends today at Evans, Augusta Exchange

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. Begins Friday at Masters and Augusta Village

THE RING TWO (HH, PG-13) A B-movie premise with grade-A production values. It's tenser, moodier, scarier, and all-around better than most sequels. Augusta Village

THE UPSIDE OF ANGER (HHHH, R) Joan Allen and Kevin Costner are at the top of their forms as two boozy suburbanites who are drawn together after her husband disappears - apparently with his Swedish secretary. Ends today at Masters and Augusta Village

UNLEASHED (R) Since childhood, Jet Li has been trained to be a fighting machine. Morgan Freeman plays the kindly blind musician who tries to heal his spirit. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

XXX: STATE OF THE UNION (PG-13) Ice Cube fills in for Vin Diesel in the franchise about a National Security Agency program to recruit the baddest of bad boys for the baddest of assignments. Ends today at Aiken, Augusta Exchange