Opening Belle A mixed-race young woman struggles to find her place in the bigoted world of 18th century England. (PG) (Nickelodeon)
Blended Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler take a sure-to-be-intelligent-and-racially sensitive trip to Africa. Psych! (PG-13) (Regal Columbia, AMC Dutch Square, Regal Sandhill, Carmike 14)
X-Men: Days of Future Past Through some time-bending telepathy, two generations of mutants strive to save the future. Nerds rejoice. (PG-13) (Regal Columbia, AMC Dutch Square, Regal Sandhill, Regal Pastime Pavilion, Carmike 14)
About Last Night Two couples journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. (R)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The second installment of the second — and thus far inferior — Spidey film series pits our hero against three formidable villains. (PG-13)
Bears Born cute, brown bears grow to become formidable forest dwellers. Witness the transformation courtesy of Disney Nature. (G)
Brick Mansions Now deceased Paul Walker kicks one last batch of cinematic ass in this over-the-top crime thriller. (PG-13)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier An Avenger reckons with an enemy he helped create. Also, Robert Redford in a comic book movie! (PG-13)
Divergent It’s teen drama in the shadow of an impending holocaust in this story of beautiful people with special talents and a government out to get them. (PG-13)
Draft Day Not an army movie, though the prospect of drafting for the routinely dreadful Cleveland Browns isn’t much better. (PG-13)
Godzilla Gareth Edwards ventures to bring some grit back to Godzilla after Roland Emmerich's oh-so-silly 1998 misfire. (PG-13) [online copy corrected]
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson brings his storybook style to a good old-fashioned murder caper. (PG-13)
A Haunted House 2 A Haunted House was to ghosts what Scary Movie was to slashers. Care for a second helping? (R)
Heaven Is For RealA little boy returns from a near-death experience with memories of heaven. Cue the faith testing. (PG)
Legends of Oz: Dorothy Returns It’s back to Oz in a computer-animated adventure sure to frustrate every parent forced to suffers through it. (PG)
Million Dollar ArmFailing sports agent seeks first elite pitcher from India in a bid to save his career — Disney style. (PG)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Based on the beloved cartoon, this computer-animated adventure will do its best not to stomp on your childhood memories. (PG)
Need for Speed A near-impossible cross-country race against time — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. (PG-13)
Neighbors A new dad (Seth Rogen) gets caught in a pissing contest with his frat-president neighbor (Zac Efron).(R)
Noah Darren Aronofsky takes on yet another protagonist driven in a way none of his peers understand. But this time dude has an ark. (PG-13)
The Other Woman Three women wronged by the same serial cheater collaborate to get their revenge. (PG-13)
The Quiet Ones A scholarly team seeks a scientific explanation for demonic possession with predictably spooky results. (PG-13)
Rio 2 More brightly colored computer animation. More strangely hip and intelligent birds. This time in the jungle. (G)
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)
Transcendence A dying Johnny Depp has his consciousness digitized, becoming an all-powerful megalomaniac. Because of course he does. (PG-13)
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
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U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
Donate Plasma Today & Be Somebody’s Hero For Life. You could earn up to $400 a month! Program and fees vary per location. Contact your local center today. 803-736-5888. Click here for more info