The LEGO Movie An ordinary LEGO minifigure is recruited to stop an evil LEGO tyrant. (PG) (AMC Dutch Square 14, Carmike Wynnsong 10, Columbia Grande Stadium 14, Regal Sandhill Stadium 16)
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) (AMC Dutch Square 14, Columbia Grande Stadium 14, Regal Sandhill Stadium 16)
Oscar Nominated Shorts Catch all of the short features nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. Nominees broken up into various sessions. (NR) (Nickelodeon Theatre)
Vampire Academy The story of a half-vampire teenage girl from a clan that battles bloodthirsty full-breeds. (PG-13) (AMC Dutch Square 14, Carmike 14)
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)
Blue is the Warmest Color Centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle, who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. (NC-17)
Captain Phillips The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the American container ship MV Maersk Alabama. (PG-13)
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)
Devil’s Due A newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy — of sinister origins. (R)
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)
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)
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)
I, Frankenstein 200 years after his creation, Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out war with all sorts of baddies. (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)
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)
Labor Day While on a rare excursion to town, Henry and his mother encounter an injured man who asks for refuge in their home. (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)
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)
The Nut Job A squirrel and a rat plan to steal a lot of nuts. (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)
Ride Along A tough Atlanta cop (Ice Cube) takes his prospective brother-in-law on one heck of a ride-along. (PG-13)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty A do-nothing daydreamer turns his daydreams into dayreality when a photograph goes missing. (PG)
Saving Mr. Banks Disney’s take on one of its own enduring classics, Saving Mr. Banks concerns how Mary Poppins made it ot the big screen. (PG-13)
That Awkward Moment In support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup, three guys vow to stay single for as long as possible. (AMC Dutch Square 14, Regal Pastime Pavilion 8, Regal Sandhill Stadium 16) (R)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: