Devil’s Due A newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy — of sinister origins. (R) (Carmike Wynnsong, AMC Dutch Square, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Sandhill)
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) (AMC Dutch Square, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Sandhill)
The Nut Job A squirrel and a rat plan to steal a lot of nuts. (Carmike Wynnsong, AMC Dutch Square, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Sandhill)
Ride Along A tough Atlanta cop (Ice Cube) takes his prospective brother-in-law on one heck of a ride-along. (PG-13) (AMC Dutch Square, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Pastime, Regal Sandhill)
47 Ronin A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.
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)
Delivery Man A slacker finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago — and that 142 of them are suing him. (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)
Grudge Match A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout — 30 years after their last match. (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 Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from the dragon Smaug. (PG-13)
Homefront A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local methlord. (R)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. (PG-13)
Inside Llewyn Davis A week in the life of a struggling young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. (R)
Last Vegas Three 60-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal. (PG-13)
The Legend of Hercules Betrayed by his stepfather the king, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. (PG-13)
Lone Survivor Four members of SEAL Team 10 are dispatched to capture or kill a notorious Taliban leader. (R)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (PG-13)
Nebraska An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize. (PG-13)
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones After being marked, Jesse is pursued by ghouls and ghosts. His family and friends try to save him. (R)
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)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty A do-nothing daydreamer turns his daydreams into dayreality when a photograph goes missing. (PG)
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit on a rural town when she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas. (PG-13)
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found 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.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
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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
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors Welcome To Our Neighborhood! Work With The Best! CBCarolinas.com
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