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OPENING FRIDAY

THE GOLDEN COMPASS (PG) A youngster attempts to save other kids from being experimented on in this film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

NOELLE (PG) A New England Catholic church with a dwindling congregation is about to be closed. In this gentle comedy, the priest decides to enliven things by casting a live Nativity. Augusta Exchange

ONGOING

3:10 TO YUMA ( ****, R): Christian Bale plays a struggling, one-legged rancher in the Arizona territory. Russell Crowe plays the vicious leader of a gang feared in the territory. The rancher joins a posse to bring the killer to a nearby town where he will be taken by train to prison. Masters

AMERICAN GANGSTER (R): Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington go toe to toe on opposite sides of the law. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

AUGUST RUSH (PG): All you really need to know about August Rush is that Robin Williams plays a street musician named Wizard. Dressed like Bono and working as what amounts to a pimp for child street musicians, Mr. Williams' creepy character is his biggest misstep since putting on a clown nose for Patch Adams. Augusta Exchange, Evans

AWAKE (R): The surgical knives are about to start cutting and the guy on the table is alert but paralyzed. Eww!. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

BEE MOVIE (PG): Jerry Seinfeld wrote and stars in this animated tale of a bee who wants more from life than making honey. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

BEOWULF (PG-13) Ray Winstone is the title character in this adaptation from the hands of Robert Zemeckis. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

This Christmas (PG-13): A family gets together for Christmas for the first time in years. It will be a holiday miracle if this drama, from the director of the horrid hoops flick Crossover, turns out to be something you won't want to return. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

DAN IN REAL LIFE (PG-13): Steve Carell falls in love with his brother's girlfriend. Augusta Exchange, Evans

ENCHANTED (PG): Wide-eyed would-be princess Giselle (the irresistible Amy Adams) is banished by the wicked Queen Narissa (Susan Sarandon) from her idyllic playland to the harsh reality of Times Square before she can marry her true love, Prince Edward (James Marsden). Through the power of her sweetness and optimism, Giselle finds a home in Manhattan with sensible divorce lawyer Robert (Patrick Dempsey) and his adoring 6-year-old daughter Morgan (Rachel Covey), and finds herself torn between both worlds. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

FRED CLAUS (PG): Vince Vaughn plays Santa Claus' disillusioned older brother; Paul Giamatti plays Santa. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

GOOD LUCK CHUCK (R): Romantic comedy with Jessica Alba and Dane Cook. Masters

HALLOWEEN (R): Rob Zombie directs this film that returns to Michael Myers' back story. Masters

THE HEARTBREAK KID (R) Romantic comedy from the Farrelly brothers starring Ben Stiller and Michelle Monaghan. Masters

HITMAN (R): Timothy Olyphant stars in this video game-based actioner about a bald, take-no-prisoners man who ekes out a violent living. Augusta Exchange, Evans

The Mist (R): The first two times Frank Darabont adapted and directed a story by Stephen King -- The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile -- the results were dramatically compelling and duly acclaimed, but they didn't leave you tensed up and terrified in your seat. They weren't trying to. The Mist does, and it succeeds beautifully. Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher and Toby Jones are among the residents trapped in a Maine supermarket when the mist hits, bringing with it some dazzlingly dangerous creatures. Augusta Exchange, Evans, Aiken

MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM (G): Dustin Hoffman is the Willy Wonka-esque owner of a toy wonderland. Augusta Exchange, Evans, ends today at Aiken

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (R ) The Coen brothers' much-anticipated adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel of the same name, No Country for Old Men might satisfy fans of the novel, but as a stand-alone work of art it's a bust. Its philosophical observations are simplistic, and its dramatic trajectory sputters till it finally just stops. Augusta Exchange, begins Friday at Evans

RATATOUILLE ( ***, G): This might be the first Pixar movie so advanced, so sophisticated that it doesn't feel as though it was made for kids. Masters

RUSH HOUR 3 ( **, PG-13): Chris Tucker is once again the motor-mouth LAPD cop who's always in trouble, and Jackie Chan is once again the ace Hong Kong cop. Masters

SUPERBAD (R): Two high school seniors find their party plans thrown off course. Masters

TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED? (PG-13): The prolific playwright's work about the trials of marriage hits the big screen. Augusta Exchange

ENDS FRIDAY

BELLA (PG-13): Augusta Exchange, Evans

GONE BABY GONE (R): A home run for the Affleck brothers of Cambridge, Mass. -- star Casey, who's never had a role this ripe, this alive; and co-writer/director Ben, who shows off the intelligence and craft that tended to be obscured by a few unwise choices in his professional and private life. Augusta Exchange


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