If I Stay (PG-13) A comatose teen has an out-of-body experience following a car accident. (AMC Dutch Square, Carmike Wynnsong, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Sandhill
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (R) Hard-boiled comic book adaptation stars Jessica Alba and other dames. (AMC Dutch Square, Carmike Wynnsong, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Sandhill)
When the Game Stands Tall (PG) True story of a winning high school football team. (AMC Dutch Square, Carmike 14, Carmike Wynnsong, Regal Sandhill)
And So It Goes An aging realtor and lifelong jerk softens when he’s forced to look after his precocious granddaughter. (PG-13)
Begin Again An executive dumped by his record label and a woman dumped by a rock star unite to record an album. (R)
Blended Adam Sandler takes a sure-to-be-intelligent-and-racially sensitive trip to Africa. Psych! (PG-13)
Boyhood For 12 years, famed director Richard Linklater filmed scenes with a boy as he grew up. This is the result. (R)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Now free, an army of hyper-intelligent, genetically modified apes defends itself. (PG-13)
Deliver Us From Evil Demonic possession spreads zombie-style through New York City. Cue the over-the-top scares. (R)
Earth to Echo Straying slightly from E.T.’s formula, a group of kids help an alien robot reunite with his people. (PG-13)
Edge of Tomorrow It’s Groundhog Day with guns and Tom Cruise in this intentionally repetitious sci-fi thriller. (PG-13)
The Expendables 3 Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Kelsey Grammer (yes, really) join Stallone and the boys for one last ride. (PG-13) The Fault in Our Stars Heartbreaking young adult tale of young cancer patients who fall in love hits the big screen. (PG-13)
Get on Up South Carolina’s own James Brown has his story hit the big screen in this anticipated biopic. (PG-13)
The Giver Beloved young adult tale of a fascist dystopia comes to the big screen with help from Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. (PG-13)
Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel’s latest cinematic adventure features a ragtag team of intergalactic heroes. (PG-13)
Hercules The Rock plays Hercules. So you know, probably only worth it if you see it in 3-D. (PG-13)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Dragon-riding boy meets estranged dragon-expert mom, keeps riding dragons. (PG)
The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen Mirren’s French restaurateur is thrown when an Indian restaurant opens nearby. (PG)
Into the Storm Remember Twister? Well, this one has more of ‘em. All in one town. In one day. Praise be to special effects. (PG-13)
Jersey Boys Clint Eastwood directs as the musical story of Frankie Valli’s Four Seasons hits the big screen. Wait, what? (R)
Let’s Be Cops Two of the dudes from New Girl have a raunchy and ridiculous time impersonating police officers. (R)
Lucy Forced to play drug mule for an experimental substance, ScarJo gains total use of her brain — and superpowers. (R)
Maleficent Angelina Jolie portrays the titular witch from Sleeping Beauty in a Wicked-esque “true story” adaptation. (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)
Planes: Fire & Rescue More anthropomorphic aerial vehicles — but this time they’re fighiting forest fires (PG)
The Purge: Anarchy More chaos ensues as audiences revisit a world where all crime is legal for one day every year. (R)
Step Up All In More attractive young people dancing ridiculously to the hippest EDM. Teenyboppers rejoice. (PG-13)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The turtles look like Shrek. Megan Fox plays April. Michael Bay produces. Sounds great? (PG-13)
Transformers: Age of Extinction Mark Wahlberg steps in for Shia LaBeouf to help good robots fight bad robots. (PG-13)
What If Romantic comedy stars Daniel Radcliffe. (PG-13)
X-Men: Days of Future Past Through some time-bending telepathy, two generations of mutants strive to save the future. (PG-13)
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
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.
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.
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: