Originally created 12/01/05

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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

AEON FLUX (PG-13) Sci-fi opus features Charlize Theron as a rebel agent in a disease-plagued world 400 years in the future. Begins Friday at Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

ONGOING

Capote (r) In 1959, Truman Capote read of a Kansas murder and decided to write a book about it. The result, In Cold Blood, made him richer and more famous, and destroyed his life. Caught in a moral contradiction between his feelings for the killers and the fact that they needed to die for him to finish his book, he wrote a great book and was consumed by guilt and doubt. Bennett Miller's film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in an Oscar-worthy performance as the author, who despite his mannerisms was able to enter a Midwestern community and gain the trust of everyone he talked to, even the killers. Evans

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PG) Tim Burton brings author Roald Dahl's classic novel to the screen again. Masters

CHICKEN LITTLE (HH, G) Chicken Little thinks the sky is falling, and it will come as no news that he seems to be wrong. Good voice performances by Garry Marshall, Joan Cusack, Steve Zahn and Don Knotts (as Mayor Turkey Lurkey), but the story is thin. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

DERAILED (HH, R) Clive Owen is a Chicago commuter stuck without train fare, and Jennifer Aniston is the friendly brunette who pays for his ticket. One thing leads to another, and they're in a hotel room when a fearsome mugger (Vincent Cassel) breaks in, beats him and rapes her. Augusta Exchange, Evans

DOMINO (HHH, R) Tony Scott brings manic energy to a fractured but dazzling thriller based on the life of the glamorous L.A. bounty hunter Domino Harvey. Keira Knightley stars in the title role. Her teammates include Mickey Rourke and Delroy Lindo; Christopher Walken plays a TV producer who puts them in a reality TV show. Mo'Nique plays a DMV clerk who plunders the state's database. Lucy Liu is an FBI agent in a plot so complex it has to be explained by a narrator. Augusta Village

FLIGHTPLAN (PG-13) Jodie Foster turns up the ferocity in a high-flying thriller. Masters and Augusta Village

FOUR BROTHERS (HHH, R) A sweet little old lady is gunned down, and her four adopted sons (two black, two white) meet at her funeral and vow revenge. Masters

GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' (HHH, R) Inspired by the true story of gangsta rapper Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson, it tells a harrowing story: He never knew his father, was orphaned by the early death of his mother, was selling drugs as a teenager, was shot nine times but lived and eventually sold millions of albums. Evans

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (HHH, PG-13) Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) reaches adolescence facing greater challenges than ever before. Lord Voldemort, who has lurked off-screen until now, appears in malevolent fury, played by Ralph Fiennes. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

IN THE MIX (PG-13) Usher plays a super-cool DJ who gets into comic situations when a mob heiress takes a liking to him. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

JARHEAD (R) Jamie Foxx and Jake Gyllenhaal star in what promises to be a provocative look at the Persian Gulf War. Augusta Exchange

JUST FRIENDS (H, PG-13) Chris (Ryan Reynolds) is a fat nerd in high school, in love with Jamie (Amy Smart), who likes him, but only as a friend. He moves to L.A., drops 150 pounds, becomes rich and handsome, and returns to town on Christmas Eve accompanied by a sexy pop idol (Anna Faris). Jamie still likes him only as a friend. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

JUST LIKE HEAVEN (HHH, PG-13) Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo in a supernatural love story: He moves into her old apartment, and is confronted by - not her ghost exactly, since she's not dead, but her spirit. He fights her with exorcists and psychics, but eventually they fall in love. Augusta Village and Masters

LORD OF WAR (HHH, R) Nicolas Cage has the hypnotic focus of a poisonous snake as he plays a Ukranian immigrant to America who becomes rich as an arms dealer. Augusta Village and Masters

OLIVER TWIST (HHH, PG-13) A film close to the heart of Roman Polanski, who possibly sees parallels between Oliver's survival in cruel London and his own childhood on the run in Poland during the Holocaust. Key to his film is the interpretation of Fagin, played powerfully by Ben Kingsley as a man who turns children into pickpockets, yes, but possibly saves them from worse fates on the unprotected streets. Masters and Augusta Village

RENT (HHH, PG-13) The stage production transfers uneasily to film, perhaps because it misses interaction with a live audience. Some characters seem heartfelt and convincing, but others are entirely plot-driven conveniences. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (HHHH, PG) One of the most delightful and heartwarming adaptations made from Jane Austen or anybody else. Much of the delight and most of the heart comes from Keira Knightley, who plays Elizabeth as a girl glowing in the first light of perfection. She and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) take an instant dislike to each other, a sure sign of love; Lizzie and her five sisters are all being pushed into marriage by their mother (Brenda Blethyn). Augusta Exchange

ROLL BOUNCE (PG-13) This roller-skating movie takes us back to the time of the big Afro and disco music. Augusta Village and Masters

SAW II (R) Like its predecessor, Saw II is a bloody mess in more ways than one. If you're a fan of last year's low-budget horror hit Saw, though, blood is what you're hoping for, and you'll likely not mind the frantic mess of the filmmaking. Augusta Exchange

SKY HIGH (PG) The effects are on the low-rent side, but this story of kids who attend a high school for budding superheroes offers good-spirited fun. Augusta Village

THE BROTHERS GRIMM (HH, PG-13) Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm (Matt Damon and Heath Ledger) are transformed from tellers of fairy tales to traveling con artists, staging phony magic for the credulous villagers of Germany, circa 1796. Augusta Village

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. Augusta Village

THE FOG (PG-13) Ghosts of lepers who perished in a shipwreck 100 years ago seek vengeance on a California coastal town. Masters and Augusta Exchange

THE ICE HARVEST (HHH, R) John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton steal $2.2 million on Christmas Eve, setting in motion a plot with the complexity of Blood Simple crossed with Elmore Leonard. There's a nice scene where a mobster who is locked in a trunk is nevertheless optimistic enough to shout muffled death threats. Augusta Exchange, Evans.

THE MAN (H, 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. Augusta Village

TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE (PG) High-flying displays of imagination and lots of rotting flesh. Masters and Augusta Village

WALK THE LINE (HHH, PG-13) The title is Walk the Line because the film is about Johnny Cash, whom Joaquin Phoenix plays with a raw intensity. Then along comes Reese Witherspoon as Cash's lifelong love, June Carter, and she pretty much steals the movie from underneath him. They sing the songs. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

WEDDING CRASHERS (R) Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are very funny as divorce counselors whose hobby is crashing wedding parties. Augusta Village

YOURS, MINE AND OURS (H, PG) Dennis Quaid is a Coast Guard admiral with eight children; Rene Russo is a fashion designer with 10. They were in love in high school, and when they meet years later, she a widow, he widowed, it's love at second sight. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

ZATHURA (HHH, PG) Two brothers (Josh Hutcherson and Johan Bobo) find an old board game in the basement. As they play it, their reality is altered, monsters arrive and their house suddenly finds itself in orbit around Saturn. Augusta Exchange, Evans