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)
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.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found 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.
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.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
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