Originally created 05/25/06

Mini reviews

Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times. A schedule for Evans theater was not available as of press time. For an online movie guide, see augustachronicle.com/movies.


X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (***, PG-13) A "cure" has been found for mutation, which sets off a confrontation within the mutant community, with Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) looking for a positive response and Magneto (Ian McKellen) leading violent opposition. First screening 10 tonight at Augusta Exchange, begins Friday at Aiken, Big Mo


16 BLOCKS (***, PG-13) Bruce Willis is assigned to transport a witness (Mos Def) to a grand jury hearing. This turns out to be difficult. Ends today at Augusta Village

AKEELAH AND THE BEE (****, PG) Akeelah (Keke Palmer) is a spelling whiz at her Los Angeles school but avoids the spelling bee because other students make fun of "brainiacs." Then, a professor (Laurence Fishburne) agrees to be her coach, and she moves up through the contests. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

AMERICAN DREAMZ (PG-13) A parody of American Idol and the president, all rolled into one funny film. Ends today at Augusta Village

AN AMERICAN HAUNTING (PG-13) This thriller features Donald Sutherland and Sissy Spacek as heads of a 19th century household haunted by a vengeful spirit. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

ATL (***, PG-13) Rashad (Tip Harris) and his brother Ant (Evan Ross), live with their Uncle George (Mykelti Williamson) in a coming-of-age story that has genuine affection for its characters. Augusta Village

THE BENCHWARMERS (PG-13) Three ungraceful guys form a baseball team that plays against grade-school kids. Begins Friday at Masters, Augusta Village

THE DA VINCI CODE (PG-13) Ron Howard shepherds Dan Brown's best-seller to the screen, with Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou unearthing secrets that threaten long-held religious tenets. Augusta Exchange, Aiken

EIGHT BELOW (***, PG) Eight sled dogs are left behind when a scientific expedition has to pull out of Antarctica ahead of a winter storm. Ends today at Masters

FAILURE TO LAUNCH (H, PG-13) A 35-year-old man (Matthew McConaughey) still lives at home with his parents. They hire Sarah Jessica Parker, a specialist at getting grown men to move out of their parents' homes. Begins Friday at Masters, Augusta Village

THE HILLS HAVE EYES (H, R) A family on vacation is touring nuclear test zones when they become prey for a demented pickax gang. Augusta Village

HOODWINKED (PG) Takes the story of Little Red Riding Hood and overstuffs it with smart-alecky humor and pop-culture references. Augusta Village

HOOT (*, PG) A new kid in school (Logan Lerman) teams up with a female athlete (Brie Larson) and a wild child (Cody Linley) to sabotage attempts to build a pancake house in a remote area that is the habitat of endangered burrowing owls. Ends today at Aiken

INSIDE MAN (R) Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster in a tale of a bank heist gone wrong. Augusta Village, Masters

JUST MY LUCK (**, PG-13) Lindsay Lohan stars as a rising Manhattan career girl whose good luck is amazing. Then she kisses a young stranger (Chris Pine) at a masked ball, and her good luck is transferred to him. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Aiken

LARRY THE CABLE GUY: HEALTH INSPECTOR (PG-13) Comedy hero is seen as a restaurant health inspector who offends everyone. Ends today at Masters

LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN (**, R) Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley play crime kingpins who carry on a bitter feud. Ends today at Masters, Augusta Village

MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION (PG-13) This Tyler Perry film was not screened in advance for critics, so make of that what you will. Augusta Village

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III (PG-13) Buzz hints that the newest installment of the series is better than the first two. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Big Mo

OVER THE HEDGE (***, PG) The forest animals awaken to find that half their world is gone, replaced by a new suburb behind a giant hedge. When Vince the bear (voice by Nick Nolte) discovers his food stash has been stolen, RJ the raccoon (Bruce Willis) is given a deadline to replace it, and he mobilizes critters in an assault on suburbia. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Big Moe

PHAT GIRLZ (PG-13) Mo'Nique stars as an aspiring fashion designer. Augusta Village, ends today at Masters

POSEIDON (**, PG-13) Remake of the waterlogged 1972 original, with the same formula and special effects. Augusta Exchange, Aiken

RV (**, PG) Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines, the Munros, take their kids on a cross-country RV expedition. Augusta Exchange, Aiken

SEE NO EVIL (R) Delinquent teens, cleaning up a vacant hotel, come face-to-face with a serial killer. Augusta Exchange

SCARY MOVIE 4 (R) Anna Faris and Regina Hall are back in this spoof, which takes shots at movies. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

SHE'S THE MAN (***, PG-13) Amanda Bynes is lovable as a girl who pretends to be a boy in order to play soccer. Ends today at Masters

THE SENTINEL (PG-13) Michael Douglas is a Secret Service agent having an affair with the president's wife. Ends today at Augusta Village, Masters, begins Friday at Big Mo

THE SHAGGY DOG (PG-13) 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. Augusta Village, Masters

SILENT HILL (R) A town is taken over by evil. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

STAY ALIVE (PG-13) Teens discovered that an online video game provides clues about a friend's mysterious death. Begins Friday at Masters, Augusta Village

TAKE THE LEAD (PG-13) A professional dancer teaches at a New York public school. Augusta Village, Masters

ULTRAVIOLET (PG-13) Humans and vampires do battle once again in this action flick. Ends today at Augusta Village

V FOR VENDETTA (****, R) In 2020, as a global virus spreads, Britain is in the grip of a fascist dictatorship. One man, V, stands up against the state. Begins Friday at Masters, Augusta Village


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