300: Rise of an Empire This is Sparta? No, this is Greece! Disparate factions unite to honor Leonidas’ fallen 300 and repel Persian hordes led by one gnarly demigod. (R) (Carmike Wynnsong 10, AMC Dutch Square, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Pastime Pavilion, Regal Sandhill)
The Past An Iranian man deserts his French wife and two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship. (PG-13) (Nickelodeon Theatre)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Based on the beloved cartoon, this computer-animated adventure will do its best not to stomp on your childhood memories. (PG) (AMC Dutch Square, Regal Sandhill, Carmike 14)
3 Days to Kill A dying Secret Service Agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life — in exchange for one last assignment. (PG-13)
About Last Night Two couples journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. (R)
American Hustle A con man and his partner are forced into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the mafia. (R)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Stay classy, world: With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (PG-13)
August: Osage County A look at the lives of the dysfunctional women of the Weston family and the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (R)
Dallas Buyers Club A homophobe diagnosed with AIDS incites a drug war when he smuggles cheap anti-viral medicines into the U.S. (R)
Endless Love A sheltered but privileged teen becomes enthralled with a working-class youth with a troubled past. (PG-13)
Frozen A girl, with the help of a friendly snowman, ventures into a frozen land to find her sister. (PG)
Gravity A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (PG-13)
Her A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. (R)
The Invisible Woman Nelly, a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. (R)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit CIA operative uncovers a scheme to crash the U.S. economy, but is caught between his secretive handler, his clueless fiancee and a brilliant Russian leader. (PG-13)
Labor Day While on a rare excursion to town, Henry and his mother encounter an injured man who asks for refuge in their home. (R)
The LEGO Movie An ordinary LEGO minifigure is recruited to stop an evil LEGO tyrant (PG)
Lone Survivor Four members of SEAL Team 10 are dispatched to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader. (R)
The Monuments Men An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked with rescuing art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their owners. (PG-13)
Non-Stop A veteran air marshal sees his assignment as a desk job in the sky. But today’s flight has a killer twist. (PG-13)
The Nut Job A squirrel and a rat plan to steal a lot of nuts. (PG-13)
Philomena A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (PG-13)
Pompeii As Pompeii crumbles around him, a slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love. (PG-13)
Repentance A successful author and spiritual adviser takes on a troubled man as a client. (R)
Ride Along A tough Atlanta cop (Ice Cube) takes his prospective brother-in-law on one heck of a ride-along. (PG-13)
RoboCop A remake of the 1987 sci-fi classic in which an injured cop is transformed into a mechanized defender of the peace. (PG-13)
Son of God Another big-screen re-telling of the tale of Jesus Christ. This one promises to focus on his uplifting aspects. (PG-13)
That Awkward Moment In support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup, three guys vow to stay single for as long as possible. (R)
Vampire Academy The story of a half-vampire teenage girl from a clan that battles bloodthirsty full-breeds. (PG-13)
The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese’s take on the decadent rise and eventual fall of Jordan Belfort, who brokered questionable penny stocks to blue-collar investors. (PG-13)
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
Hickory Tavern Is Now Open!
Find us on Facebook, Twitter (@TheHickoryTav), Instagram (@HickoryTavern), and visit our website for more info. 907 Senate Street in the Vista!
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
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