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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 chronicle.ugusta.com/movies.

COMING FRIDAY

FAILURE TO LAUNCH (H, PG-13) A 35-year-old man (Matthew McConaughey) still lives at home with his parents. They dream of being empty-nesters and hire Sarah Jessica Parker, a specialist at getting grown men to move out of their parents' homes. She makes them fall in love with her, gets them out of the house and dumps them. Pathological cruelty and actionable fraud? Yes, but the guy is just as bad, using his parents as a way to dump girls after he sleeps with them. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

SHOPGIRL (R) Romantic comedy with Steve Martin and Claire Danes. Begins Friday at Augusta Village

THE HILLS HAVE EYES (H, R) A family on vacation is touring nuclear test zones when they stop at the only gas station in 200 miles and a slobbering degenerate helpfully suggests a shortcut. That makes them prey for a demented, mutant, incestuous, cannibalistic, pickax gang. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE SHAGGY DOG (HH, PG) Tim Allen plays a prosecutor who is trying his daughter's high school teacher, who torched a lab that was experimenting on animals. Mr. Allen is bitten by a 300-year-old dog from a monastery, and periodically turns into a dog himself, which makes both his professional and personal lives much more difficult. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

ONGOING

16 blocks (HHH, PG-13) Bruce Willis is assigned to transport a witness (Mos Def) 16 blocks to a grand jury hearing. This turns out to be difficult because many people want the witness dead. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

AQUAMARINE (HH, PG) Two eight-graders (Emma Roberts and Jo-Jo) befriend a mermaid (Sara Paxton) who has three days to prove to her merfather that love exists. Augusta Exchange, Evans

BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2 (PG-13) Martin Lawrence returns as an FBI agent who again goes undercover as "Big Momma." Ends today, Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (HHHH, R) Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal meet as young men who take summer jobs in 1963 and one night have sex. They share an inherited hatred of gays and agree they're not, but they are, and can't find a way to deal with that. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

CAPOTE (R) Philip Seymour Hoffman earned the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of author Truman Capote. The movie also earned nominations for best picture, best supporting actress (Catherine Keener), director (Bennett Miller) and adapted screenplay Begins Friday at Augusta Village

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN II (PG) Steven Martin and Bonnie Hunt assemble their brood for one last summer at the lake, where Pop's high school rival (Eugene Levy) has erected a monumental mansion. Augusta Village, 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 but the story is thin. Augusta Village, ends today at Masters

CURIOUS GEORGE (HHH, G) Will Ferrell voices The Man in the Yellow Hat in this adaptation of the classic children's book. Augusta Exchange, Evans and Aiken

DATE MOVIE (pg-13) One romantic comedy after another is harpooned in this spoof staring Alyson Hannigan and Eddie Griffin. Evans, Augusta Exchange, ends today, Aiken

DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY (HHH, R) A fairly disorganized film about a fairly disorganized concert, redeemed by the good feeling that Mr. Chappelle sheds like a sunbeam on every scene. Aiken, Augusta Exchange

DOOGAL (G) Animated fare about animal friends out to save the world. Evans, Augusta Exchange

EIGHT BELOW (HHH, PG) Eight sled dogs are left behind when a scientific expedition has to pull out of Antarctica ahead of a winter storm. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

FINAL DESTINATION 3 (HH, R) A high school senior has a premonition of her and her friends' deaths at an amusement park. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans, Aiken

FIREWALL (PG-13) Criminals hold Harrison Ford's family hostages demanding that he hack into a bank security system that he designed. Evans, ends today at Augusta Exchange

FUN WITH DICK AND JANE (PG-13) Jim Carrey is promoted to vice president of an Enron-style scam just in time to be its spokesman as the corporation's stock melts down. Tea Leoni is his wife, and they must turn to a life of crime to pay the bills. Masters, Augusta Village

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, played by Ralph Fiennes, appears in malevolent fury. Augusta Village, Masters

HOSTEL (R) Horror tale relates the pitfalls that await three pleasure-seeking backpackers in a Slovakian city. Augusta Village

KING KONG (PG-13) A magnificent entertainment, and a flowering of the possibilities in the 1933 classic. Never has a damsel been in more distress than Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts). Masters, Augusta Village

LAST HOLIDAY (HHH, PG-13) Queen Latifah plays a New Orleans salesclerk and cooking expert who is given a month to live, and decides to cash in her savings. Augusta Village, Masters

MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION (PG-13) Tyler Perry follows up his breakout hit from the last year, Diary of a Mad Black Women. The film was not screened in advance for critics, so make of that what you will. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

MATCH POINT (HHHH, R) One of Woody Allen's best films, a thriller about a rich British family and two outsiders (Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) who hope to enter it by using their sex appeal. Ends today at Evans

MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS (HHH, R) Judi Dench buys an old theater and Bob Hoskins manages it in a loving tribute to London's Windmill, which presented vaudeville enlivened by "artistic tableaux" in which nude women posed. Evans

NANNY MCPHEE (PG) A magical governess (Emma Thompson) is charged with shaping up a group of children. Begins Friday, Augusta Village, Masters

RUNNING SCARED (HHH, R) Paul Walker stars as a bad guy who has a gun stolen from his basement by the neighbor kid (Cameron Bright), who uses it to shoot his father. Ends today Augusta Exchange

THE NEW WORLD (PG-13) Terrence Malick retells the sage of Capt. John Smith and Pocahontas in lyrically visual terms. Ends today, Masters, Augusta Village

THE PINK PANTHER (H, PG) Steven Martin steps into Peter Sellers' shoes as Inspector Clouseau in this prequel to the 1964 film. Augusta Exchange, Evans

TRANSAMERICA (HHH, R) Best actress Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman plays a man named Bree who is only days away from sex-change surgery when informed that 17 years ago she fathered a son. Evans

TRISTAN & ISOLDE (HHH, PG-13) Isolde (Sophia Myles) is the daughter of the Irish king, and Tristan (James Franco) the adopted son of the English leader Lord Marke (Rufus Sewell). Their parents are enemies, but they fall in love. Ends today at Augusta Village

ULTRAVIOLET (PG-13) Humans and vampires do battle once again in this action flick starring Milla Jovovich. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION (R) Vampires battle werewolves. Blood and fur fly. Masters, Augusta Village

WALK THE LINE (HHH, PG-13) Joaquin Phoenix plays Johnny Cash with a raw intensity. Reese Witherspoon earned the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter. Masters

WHEN A STRANGER CALLS (PG-13) Remake of the 1979 thriller about a baby sitter being terrorized. Ends today Augusta Exchange

WOLF CREEK (0 STARS, NR) Depicts the brutal tracking, torture and mutilation of screaming young women. Ends today at 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, it's love at second sight. Augusta Village