Originally created 09/29/05

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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.

COMING FRIDAY

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (R) Viggo Mortensen stars as the laid-back owner of a small-town diner in Indiana, until everything changes when some tough guys come in and he calls on a hidden side of himself. Augusta Exchange

INTO THE BLUE (PG-13) Jessica Alba and Paul Walker should make a photogenic duo as they dare shark-infested waters to search for sunken treasure. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

OLIVER TWIST (PG-13) Other than its rich, technically sumptuous production values and a wickedly gnarled performance by Ben Kingsley, Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist has little to distinguish it. Augusta Exchange

SERENITY (PG-13) In this Joss Whedon feature, maverick outcasts occupy a wobbly spaceship named Serenity, where life is anything but serene. Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED (PG) Bill Paxton directs and Shia LaBeouf stars in this account of underdog Francis Ouimet's golfing victory at the 1913 U.S. Open. Augusta Exchange and Evans

ONGOING

An Unfinished Life (HHH, PG-13). Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman play old friends who are marking time on a run-down ranch in Wyoming. Augusta Exchange

BATMAN BEGINS (HHHH, PG-13) Christian Bale is a millionaire whose study of evildoing leads him into a cruel prison and a secret society. Masters and 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 (r) Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) makes a living prostituting himself. Masters and Augusta Village

FANTASTIC FOUR (H, PG-13) Four scientists are transformed by a mysterious star storm into beings with superpowers. Based on the comic book. Masters and Augusta Village

FLIGHT PLAN (PG-13) Jodie Foster turns up the ferocity in a high-flying thriller. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

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

HERBIE: FULLY LOADED (HH, G) Lindsay Lohan rescues Herbie, the original love bug, from a junk yard and ends up piloting it in a NASCAR race. Augusta Village

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

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 (HH, PG) Four animals at the Central Park Zoo are returned to the wild in Madagascar. Masters and Augusta Village

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

MR. AND MRS. SMITH (HHH, PG-13) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie go into marriage counseling when their romance starts to subside. Augusta Village

REBOUND (HH, 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. Ends today at Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

ROLL BOUNCE (PG-13) This roller skating movie takes us back to the time of the big 'fro and disco music. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

STEALTH (PG-13) Fighter plane develops a mind of its own and goes rogue after it's struck by lightning. Ends today at Augusta Village and Masters

THE BROTHERS GRIMM (PG-13) Starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as con artists who finally have to prove their mettle. Ends today at Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE CAVE (PG-13) Thrill-seekers make shocking discoveries when they dive into a cave deep in a Romanian forest. Begins Friday at Masters and Augusta Village

THE CONSTANT GARDENER (HHHH, 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? Evans, ends today at Augusta Exchange

THE DUKES OF HAZZARD (H, PG-13) Lame retread of the TV series. Begins Friday at Augusta Village and Masters

THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE (HHH, PG-13) Based on the true story of a priest who was tried for murder after a teenage girl died during an exorcism. Aiken, Augusta Exchange and Evans

THE ISLAND (PG-13) Citizens of a sealed world are told they are being kept safe from a polluted planet. Well, no, that's not true. Augusta Village

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

THE MAN (H, PG-13) Samuel L. Jackson plays a hard-boiled Detroit ATF agent. Ends today at Evans

THE SKELETON KEY (HH, PG-13) Kate Hudson signs up as a private caregiver for an old man (John Hurt) who can't talk after a stroke. Begins Friday Augusta Village and Masters

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

THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (HHH, R): Steve Carell stars as Andy Stitzer, whose buddies discover is a virgin and determine to end his drought. Augusta Exchange and Evans

TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE (PG) Tim Burton's latest has visual wit, high-flying displays of imagination and lots of rotting flesh. Augusta Exchange, Aiken and Evans

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

VENOM (R) There's something sinister slithering in the swamplands in this voodoo horror movie. Ends today at Augusta Exchange