Originally created 09/22/05

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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 augustachronicle.com/movies.


FLIGHTPLAN (PG-13) How can a little girl simply disappear from an airplane at 37,000 feet? By asking this question and not cheating on the answer, Flightplan delivers a frightening thriller with an airtight plot. Jodie Foster stars, as an American working in Germany. Her husband has died, and she and her daughter, Julia (Marlene Lawston), are flying back with his coffin. Then Julia disappears, and the crew's best information is that, in fact, she was never on board. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

ROLL BOUNCE (PG-13) Bow Wow stars in this 1970s-set comedy about roller skaters trying to save their neighborhood rink. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE (PG) Too shy to repeat his vows to his bride (voice by Emily Watson) at the altar, the hero (Johnny Depp) escapes to a graveyard to practice, and accidentally places the ring on the skeletal finger of Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham Carter). Now he's married, but the movie doesn't get all medieval about it; Corpse Bride is sweet and needy, and indeed these are three nice people who all deserve to be happy, even if one is dead. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken


An Unfinished Life (* * *, PG-13) Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman play old friends who are essentially marking time on a run-down ranch in Wyoming. Then visitors arrive: Jennifer Lopez and her 11-year-old daughter. She was married to the rancher's son; he blames her for the son's death in a car crash. But now she is fleeing from an abusive boyfriend and seeks safety. Augusta Exchange

BAD NEWS BEARS (* * *, PG-13) Billy Bob Thornton as a drunken has-been minor league pitcher who coaches a Little League team of losers. Ends today Augusta Village

BATMAN BEGINS (* * * *, PG-13) Christian Bale stars as a millionaire, traumatized since childhood, whose study of evildoing leads him into a cruel prison and a secret society. Augusta Village and Masters

BEWITCHED (* *, PG-13) Will Ferrell is a has-been movie star who signs for a TV retread of the sitcom Bewitched. He insists on an unknown for the Samantha role and discovers Nicole Kidman. Augusta Village

CRASH (* * * *, R) Interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. Ends today Augusta Village

CRY WOLF (PG-13) When bored private-school teens create a myth about a serial killer, guess what happens. Augusta Exchange and Evans

deuce bigalow: European Gigolo (no stars, r) Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) makes a living prostituting himself. Augusta Village and Masters

FANTASTIC FOUR (*, PG-13) Four scientists are transformed by a mysterious star storm into beings with superpowers. Augusta Village and Masters

FOUR BROTHERS (* * *, R) A little old lady is gunned down, and her four adopted sons (two black, two white) vow revenge. Augusta Exchange, ends today Evans

HERBIE: FULLY LOADED (* *, G) Lindsay Lohan rescues Herbie, the original Love Bug, from a junk yard and ends up piloting it in a NASCAR race against a nasty opponent (Matt Dillon). Augusta Village

HUSTLE & FLOW (* * *, R) Terrence Howard plays a pimp and drug dealer who dreams of becoming a rap star. Ends today Augusta Village

JUNEBUG (* * * *, R) Chicago art dealer (Embeth Davidtz) and her husband (Alessandro Nivola) visit his family in North Carolina; a folk artist lives nearby whom she wants to sign up. But as the visitors are absorbed into the life of the family, old patterns and personalities compete with new ones. Profound with love and sadness. Ends today Augusta Exchange

JUST LIKE HEAVEN (PG-13) Reese Witherspoon returns to the realm of romantic comedy with a whimsical fantasy co-starring Mark Ruffalo and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

LADIES IN LAVENDER (* *, PG-13) Judi Dench and Maggie Smith play sisters who share a cottage on the Cornwall coast. Life is peaceful until a dark and handsome stranger (Daniel Bruhl) washes ashore on a dark and stormy night. Ends today Evans

LORD OF WAR (R) Nicolas Cage gets rich quick by becoming an arms dealer in this thought-provoking drama. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

MADAGASCAR (* *, PG) Animals at the Central Park Zoo are returned to the wild in Madagascar. Masters and Augusta Village

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (* * *, G) The documentary follows the penguins of Antarctica through unimaginable conditions to document their life cycle. Evans

MR. AND MRS. SMITH (* * *, PG-13) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie go into marriage counseling when their romance starts to subside. What neither one knows is that they're both professional assassins assigned to kill each other. Augusta Village

REBOUND (* *, PG) Martin Lawrence plays a college basketball coach demoted to coaching middle school. Augusta Village

RED EYE (PG-13): Rachel McAdams stars as a hotel manager on an overnight flight seated next to a man (Cillian Murphy) who threatens to kill her father (Brian Cox) unless she switches a key Homeland Security official to a different room at her hotel to facilitate an assassination plot. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

stealth (PG-13) Fighter plane develops a mind of its own and goes rogue after it's hit by lightning. Augusta Village and Masters

the brothers grimm (PG-13) Matt Damon and Heath Ledger star as con artists who finally have to prove their mettle. Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE CAVE (PG-13) Thrill-seeking cave explorers make shocking discoveries when they dive into a cave deep in a Romanian forest. Ends today Augusta Exchange

THE CONSTANT GARDENER (* * * *, R) A British diplomat's wife is found slain at a remote crossroads. Is the death connected to her questions about the way drug companies test products on poor Africans? Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE DEVIL'S REJECTS (R): Splatterfest from Rob Zombie. Augusta Village and Masters

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (* * *, PG-13) Based on the true story of a priest who was tried for murder after a teenage girl died during an exorcism. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE GREAT RAID (* * *, R): A realistic war drama based on the true story of a 1945 raid by U.S. Army Rangers and Philippine guerrillas on a Japanese POW camp at Cabanatuan to rescue more than 500 Americans. Ends today at Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE ISLAND (* * *, PG-13): Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson are among the citizens of a sealed world, told they are being kept safe from a polluted planet. Occasionally one wins a lottery and gets a trip to the last unpolluted paradise. Their characters are chased by train, plane, automobile, helicopter and hover-cycle, while learning the reality of their situation. Augusta Village and Masters

THE LONGEST YARD (* * *, PG-13) Adam Sandler stars as a has-been pro quarterback, sent to prison. He finds himself leading a team of convicts against a team of guards. Augusta Village

THE MAN (*, PG-13) Samuel L. Jackson plays a hard-boiled Detroit ATF agent, and Eugene Levy is a dental supplies salesman from Wisconsin. After the agent mistakes the salesman for an undercover contact, he needs him in order to pull off a sting. Evans, ends today Augusta Exchange

THE SKELETON KEY (* *, PG-13) Kate Hudson signs up as a caregiver for an old man (John Hurt) who can't talk after a stroke but sure wants to tell her something. Ends today Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE TRANSPORTER 2 (PG-13) The ultra-able deliveryman (Jason Statham) comes out of retirement to pursue kidnappers. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (* * *, R): Steve Carell stars as Andy Stitzer, whose buddies (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen) discover he is a virgin and determine to end his drought. Augusta Exchange and Evans

UNDERCLASSMAN (PG-13) Eddie Murphy's legacy is safe. Seeing young Nick Cannon pilfer his act only makes us miss Mr. Murphy. Augusta Exchange

venom (R) There's something sinister in the swamplands in this voodoo horror movie with Bijou Phillips, Agnes Bruckner and Method Man. Augusta Exchange

WEDDING CRASHERS (R) Comedy with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn taking advantage of other people's celebrations. Ends today, Augusta Exchange and Evans


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