Originally created 12/21/06

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

JUST OUT

ROCKY BALBOA (PG) Rocky returns to the ring for a shot at the heavyweight championship of the world. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

OPENS FRIDAY

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG) Ben Stiller accidentally brings the inhabitants of a natural history museum to life. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE GOOD SHEPHERD (R) Matt Damon stars in this Robert De Niro-directed film about the early days of the CIA. Augusta Exchange, Evans

WE ARE MARSHALL (PG) Matthew McConaughey plays the coach charged with revitalizing the Marshall University football program after the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 members of the team and coaching staff. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

OPENS MONDAY

BLACK CHRISTMAS (R) What says Christmas Day like a slasher movie? Augusta Exchange

DREAMGIRLS (PG-13) The title of the film is Dreamgirls, but it could have been called A Star Is Born. American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson absolutely walks away with this big, splashy dazzler of a picture, based on the 1981 Broadway musical. Augusta Exchange

ONGOING

APOCALYPTO (R) After the blockbuster success of The Passion of the Christ, Mel Gibson turns his directing skills to this violent story of ancient Mayans. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

BLOOD DIAMOND (****, R) A fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) is forced to help a soldier of fortune (Leonardo Di Caprio) recover a rare pink diamond in war-ravaged Sierra Leone in the late 1990s. It's certainly one of the best movies of 2006, with nomination-worthy performances from Mr. Di Caprio, Jennifer Connelly and especially Mr. Hounsou. Evans, Augusta Exchange

BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN (R) See Sacha Baron Cohen take his Eastern European journalist, Borat Sagdiyev, on a trip across the U.S. and A. Begins Friday at Masters

CASINO ROYALE (***, PG-13) Meet Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, not the same as the old Bond - and thank goodness for that. The franchise is born again. Augusta Exchange, Evans

CHARLOTTE'S WEB (G) Dakota Fanning stars in this adaptation of the E.B. White book. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

DECK THE HALLS (*, PG-13) You cannot believe how excruciatingly awful this movie is. How it got to be a feature film starring Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito is a mystery for the ages. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

DEJA VU (PG-13) ATF agent Denzel Washington time travels to save a woman's life. Augusta Exchange, ends today at Evans

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH (PG-13) Co-workers compete to date store vixen Jessica Simpson. Masters

ERAGON (PG) A farm boy realizes he's the only one who can save his home from an evil king in this fantasy adventure. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

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

THE GRUDGE 2 (PG-13) A young woman (Amber Tamblyn) is exposed to the same mysterious curse that afflicted Sis a picture ago. Masters

HAPPY FEET (***, PG) Penguins are hot, and they'll stay that way with this animated feature. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE HOLIDAY (**, PG-13) The owner (Cameron Diaz) of a Los Angeles company meets a journalist (Kate Winslet) online, and within minutes they agree to trade living arrangements for two weeks in this well-acted, thoroughly pleasant, quite competent but almost instantly forgettable Christmas film. Evans, Aiken, Augusta Exchange

THE NATIVITY STORY (PG) Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes plays the Virgin Mary in this tale of the birth of Jesus. Augusta Exchange, Aiken, Evans

OPEN SEASON (**, PG) Mildly humorous but breaks no new ground. Martin Lawrence and Debra Messing do what they can with the voices. Masters

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (PG-13) Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) enlists help from friends to find Davy Jones' locker. Masters

THE PRESTIGE (PG-13) Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman play rival magicians in London. Begins Friday at Masters

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (PG-13) Will Smith plays a salesman struggling for a better life for himself and his son. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

THE SANTA CLAUSE 3: THE ESCAPE CLAUSE (G) Tim Allen fights off Jack Frost's takeover attempt. Augusta Exchange, Evans

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS (PG) A group of kids makes the most of being snowed in at an airport. Evans, Augusta Exchange, ends today at Aiken

LAST CHANCE

A GOOD YEAR (***, PG-13) Russell Crowe plays a workaholic London stock trader who inherits a vineyard in the south of France and embarks on a jaunt through one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Ends today at Masters

THE GUARDIAN (**, PG-13) Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher's Coast Guard adventure is standard-issue heroics. Ends today at Masters

THE QUEEN (****, PG-13) Helen Mirren gives a masterful performance as Queen Elizabeth II in the days after the death of Princess Diana, as she struggles between royal protocol and the overwhelming grief of her subjects. Ends today at Evans