Gloria Though lonely, Gloria makes the best of her situation as a “woman of a certain age” and fills her nights seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults. (R) (Nickelodeon)
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) (Regal Columbia, AMC Dutch Square, Regal Sandhill, Carmike 14)
The Single Mom’s Club Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond. (PG-13) (Regal Columbia, AMC Dutch Square, Regal Columbiana Grande, Regal Sandhill)
Veronica Mars On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. Or has she? (PG-13) (AMC Dutch Squarel)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman Based on the beloved cartoon, this computer-animated adventure will do its best not to stomp on your childhood memories. (PG)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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!
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
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.
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.
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: