Originally created 10/12/06

Mini reviews



All listings are subject to change. Call the theaters for times. For an online movie guide, go to augustachronicle.com/movies.

COMING FRIDAY

THE GRUDGE 2 (PG-13) A young woman (Amber Tamblyn) is exposed to the same mysterious curse that afflicted her sister. AUGUSTA EXCHANGE, AIKEN, EVANS

MAN OF THE YEAR (PG-13) See Page 17. AUGUSTA EXCHANGE, AIKEN, EVANS

THE MARINE (PG-13) Sort of an updated Commando. World Wrestling Entertainment champion John Cena plays a Marine out for revenge when his wife is kidnapped. AUGUSTA EXCHANGE, AIKEN, EVANS

ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING See Page 18. (PG) AUGUSTA EXCHANGE

ONGOING

ALL THE KING's men (HH, PG-13) Senn Penn gives an over-the-top portrayal of a Louisiana politician in a film that is a mess despite a top-notch cast. Ends today at Augusta Exchange

THE ANT BULLY (PG) Animated adventure relates the mishaps of a mischievous boy who destroys an ant colony and receives poetic justice by being shrunken to ant size. Begins Friday at Masters

BARNYARD: THE ORIGINAL PARTY ANIMALS (PG) Animated feature follows the chaotic activities of barnyard animals that become the responsibility of a cow named Otis. Masters

BEERFEST (R) Brothers go to Germany to spread their grandfather's ashes at Oktoberfest and discover a less-reverent pastime: an underground beer-drinking competition. Ends today at Masters

CARS (HHH, G) A race car named Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) strays from the interstate and finds itself in Radiator Springs. Ends today at Masters

THE COVENANT (PG-13) A horror tale of men with supernatural powers who must battle evil, and one another. Ends today at Evans, Augusta Exchange

THE DEPARTED (R) Martin Scorsese remakes the 2002 Hong Kong hit Infernal Affairs with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon onboard. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE DESCENT (HH, R) This bloody fright flick is far better than most of the clich-ridden dreck that passes for horror. Ends today at Masters

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (PG-13) Co-workers compete to date store vixen Jessica Simpson. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

EVERYONE'S HERO (HH, G) A young boy travels 1,000 miles to help Babe Ruth win the World Series. Begins Friday at Masters

FACING THE GIANTS (PG) Movie from Albany, Ga., church combines faith and football. Augusta Exchange, Evans

FLYBOYS (HH, PG-13) A lame attempt to retell the story of the nation's first fighter pilots, under the command of French forces as the Lafayette Escadrille in World War I. Ends today at Augusta Exchange, Aiken

GRIDIRON GANG (HH, PG-13) The Rock shows trouble-making teens how to channel their energies into football. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Big Mo, Monetta, ends today at Aiken

THE GUARDIAN (HH, PG-13) Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher's Coast Guard adventure is standard-issue heroics with dialogue that goes stale long before the movie's big finish. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken, Big Mo, Monetta

THE ILLUSIONIST (HHH, R) This fable about Eisenheim the Illusionist (Edward Norton) and his duel with corrupt Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) is itself an enchanting illusion. Augusta Exchange, Evans

[filtered word]: NUMBER TWO (R) Sequel of stupid-human tricks from Johnny Knoxville. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

JET LI'S FEARLESS (HH, PG-13) More elaborate martial arts mayhem from Jet Li. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

LITTLE MAN (PG-13) A man (Shawn Wayans) mistakes an undersize criminal (Marlon Wayans) for his newly adopted son. Ends today at Masters

MONSTER HOUSE (PG) Three kids realize the house where a crotchety old man lives is a snarling, gnashing monster. Masters

OPEN SEASON (HH, PG) A passable tale that is mildly humorous but breaks no new ground. Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing and Billy Connolly do what they can with the voices. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken, Big Mo, Monetta

SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS (H, PG-13) Billy Bob Thornton does a watered-down version of his belligerent Bad Santa character, and Jon Heder does an even nerdier version of the role that made him famous in Napoleon Dynamite. The clash of those two opposing forces provides a few laughs for a little while. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

SNAKES ON A PLANE (R) A very nasty villain unleashes a crate of venomous snakes on a plane in order to kill a witness in protective custody. Begins Friday at Masters

SUPERMAN RETURNS (HH, PG-13) A lackluster movie in which the big effects sequences seem dutiful instead of exhilarating. Masters

TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY (PG-13) Ricky Bobby goes straight, then he turns left, over and over. Auto racing comedy. Masters

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING (R) Dysfunctional Texas family cutup takes out his frustrations with power tools. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

WORLD TRADE CENTER (PG-13) Saga of two Port Authority police officers trapped in the debris of the terrorist attack. Begins Friday at Masters

ZOOM (PG) Tim Allen plays a former superhero drafted by an academy to turn misfits into superheroes. Ends today at Masters