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Now Playing • Oct 4


Due to inclement weather and flooding conditions we will be canceling all screenings today, Sunday October 4. All pre-sold tickets will be refunded. We are so sorry for this inconvenience. Please stay home and stay safe.

Love, the Nickelodeon

Coming Soon • Oct 5–Oct 8

The Second Mother

Val, a live-in housekeeper in São Paulo, is perfectly content to take care of her wealthy employers’ needs, from cooking and cleaning to being a surrogate mother to their teenage son. But when Val’s estranged daughter Jessica suddenly shows up, the unspoken but intrinsic class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Coming Soon • Oct 5–Oct 26

Agnès Varda Retrospective

On the occasion of Kung-Fu Master’s restoration and re-release, the first theatrical showings of the film since 1988, the Nick will play four films by Agnès Varda: from her early entry in the French New Wave Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), through her widely-held masterpiece, Vagabond (1985), the scandalous and resultingly little-seen Kung-Fu Master (1988), and her documentary masterwork, The Gleaners and I (2000). Equal only to each other in vitality, the diversity of their styles is astonishing. They all connect around women who, for one reason or another, society has marginalized: Cléo the narcissistic pop star, Mona the smelly vagrant, Mary-Jane the middle-aged divorcee, and Varda herself, whose male peers unfairly overshadowed her among the cinephile establishment.

Coming Soon • Oct 5

Cléo from 5 to 7

Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

At 5pm, Parisian pop singer Cléo has her fortune read; at 7, her doctor will call with life-altering test results. For the two hours between futures, she wanders the city, cutting ties with her past but unsure how to live under a deadline, as the camera captures her limbo. Varda’s second feature, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a fully-formed inquiry into human finitude and the pleasures to be found in a limited time.

Coming Soon • Oct 5–Oct 8

Pawn Sacrifice

American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.

Coming Soon • Oct 5–Oct 8


Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high-stakes game of Himalayan big-wall climbing.

Coming Soon • Oct 5–Oct 8


Lily Tomlin stars as Elle, who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend, when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

Coming Soon • Oct 9–Oct 15

He Named Me Malala

A look at the events leading up to the Talibans' attack on the young Pakistani school girl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education and the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.

Coming Soon • Oct 9–Oct 15

Sleeping with Other People

Twelve years after a one-night stand, a man and a woman run into each other and try to maintain a platonic relationship despite their mutual attraction.

Coming Soon • Oct 10

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

A documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed - Electric Boogaloo explores a world of B-movies, or Z-movies, where the flicks are made fast, cheap, gratuitous, and charmingly schlocky.

Coming Soon • Oct 12


Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

A snapshot of Mona during her final weeks, homeless and wandering rural France, ripped apart and glued together by posthumous interviews with the family and acquaintances of a woman who refused to be understood. Through elliptical editing and the fantasies Mona’s erstwhile companions project onto the deceased, Varda produces a daringly pessimistic rejection of life’s permanence or stability.

Coming Soon • Oct 15

Magic Hour

Magic Hour is a variety show full of original talent, be it short films, music videos, theatre pieces, docs--anything under 10 minutes. There's no censorship, it's free to enter, and all are welcome!

Coming Soon • Oct 17

Home Movie Day!

Famously hot home movies will be showing at Columbia's downtown non-profit theater venue, where film archivists from Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) will assess and advise on any home movies that people bring in on the day.


Coming Soon • Oct 19

Kung-Fu Master

Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

Any description of Kung-Fu Master suggests something intensely sordid: a middle-aged divorcée falls in love with her teenaged daughter’s friend (for added scandal, they are played by Jane Birkin, her daughter, and Varda’s son, respectively). However, Varda both exploits and subverts such seediness by the tenderness with which she attends to the complexities of desire, difficulties of aging, and compromises of parenthood.

Coming Soon • Oct 20

Going Clear

The Church of Scientology aggressively protested Alex Gibney’s muckraking collection of interviews with former members of the Church who, from the moment they considered defection, endured abuses both intimate and extravagantly litigious. Whether it is a justified attack on a pseudo-religion or energetic agitprop targeting the rich and famous, at its base Going Clear catalogs the emotional toll of a real-life conspiracy.

Coming Soon • Oct 26

The Gleaners & I

Part of our Agnès Varda Retrospective.

Playful and sprightly, yet attuned to the melancholy of transient experience, Varda the septuagenarian documentarian visits and works alongside urban, rural, and bohemian gleaners. Shot with camcorders when digital video was still a heresy, she explores gleaning as a metaphor for aging, a method of cinematic creation, and a pragmatic ethical practice for a world of environmental decay and uncontrollable inequality.

Coming Soon • Oct 27–Oct 28

Ann Arbor Film Festival Program

The 53rd AAFF Traveling Tour provides a condensed curation of the festival’s award-winners and audience favorites, each one an adroit exploration of film (and, often, the physical object of film stock itself) as a medium with unexplored artistic capacities. This program of short films encompasses diverse methods for capturing a world, a moment, or an emotion through cinema: some are animated, others live-action, some are hallucinatory documentaries, others obscure narratives.

Coming Soon • Nov 1

Touchdown Israel

This film will be shown at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center located at 306 Flora Drive. Opening Night Tailgate Party starts at 6 PM. Tickets can be purchased online or at the JCC: 803-787-2023

In the 1980s, expatriates imported full-contact American football into Israel. Underfunded and confusing to native Israelis, the sport nonetheless took hold of some part of the local psyche and the Israeli Football League was formed. As this documentary shows, the sport serves as a venue for multicultural interaction, drawing players from all over the region regardless of religion or ethnicity.

Sponsored by Arline and Gerald Polinsky

Coming Soon • Nov 1–Nov 17

Columbia Jewish Film Festival 2015

This year, the Columbia Jewish Film Festival will celebrate its 15th year of showcasing Jewish movies. As always, the goal of the festival is to provide meaningful, thought-provoking theatrical content with Jewish themes while creating an enjoyable and exciting experience for all moviegoers. Each year, the Festival committee screens dozens of films so that we may bring you the best films available. From the humorous to the serious, the historical to the fictional, the Columbia Jewish Film Festival provides a wide range of films to suit all tastes. We select films that offer opportunities for insight and understanding, celebrate our diversity, and challenge us to explore our similarities.

Coming Soon • Nov 2

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Stanley Nelson returns to the origin and rise of the black militant defense group to set the record straight about its uncompromising demand of "All Power to the People." Nelson interviews nearly all of the living members, as well as journalists and even FBI informants, in order to contextualize the Party and draw out its acute relevance for contemporary movements like #BlackLivesMatter.

This screening is brought to you in part by the History Center at the University of South Carolina.

Coming Soon • Nov 3

Serial (Bad) Weddings

A white Catholic family is already strained when three of the four daughters marry men of different religions and ethnicities. The parents wish for their last daughter to marry a Catholic man, so when she tells them she has fallen for one, they are on cloud nine. However, no one in the family is prepared for the man’s full identity…

Coming Soon • Nov 3

God's Slave

Based on the 1994 A.M.I.A. bombings in Buenos Aires, God’s Slave follows a sleeper Muslim extremist and the Mossad agent assigned to track him down before the next attack. A nuanced, sensitive portrait of extremism and duty, this film shows how religious conflict rages in an under examined theater.

Coming Soon • Nov 5

10 to Midnight

Charles Bronson stars as an LA cop hot on the trail of a nudist serial killer who has been slashing up young girls. Virtually unknown in horror circles as its advertising billed it as more of a vigilante cop crime-drama, this is seriously one of the most messed-up ‘80s slasher movies ever made. It’s a tense, taut, well-made thriller that’s at the same time unbelievably WEIRD.

Coming Soon • Nov 8

Broken Branches and Winning Student Film Competition Screening

This short, multimedia documentary animates the story of a young Polish girl sent to Israel on the eve of World War II. Illustrated by her granddaughter, the now-92-year-old details how she adapted to her adopted homeland. The winners of the Student Short Film Competition will also be shown on the big screen; this is a free event sponsored by USC Jewish Studies Program.

This screening is free.

Sponsored by The USC Jewish Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences

Coming Soon • Nov 8

24 Days

Later to become a national scandal, in 2006, a young Jewish man was kidnapped in Paris and held for ransom. 24 Days dramatizes the three weeks during which he was held hostage and tortured as his parents tried to convince the police investigators that they were dealing with a hate crime. Both a taut thriller and an investigation of rising anti semitism in France, 24 Days is a searing historical drama.

Sponsored by Historic Columbia and Central Carolina Community Foundation

Coming Soon • Nov 8

Above and Beyond

During the 1948 War of Independence, Jewish fighter pilots who had served in World War II created a fledgling air force to defend the newly-born country. Hailing from different nations, funded surreptitiously, and in serious danger both physically and discriminatorily, this tiny group finally gets their story of defense told in a documentary produced by Nancy Spielberg (Steven’s sister).

Sponsored by Patricia Lovit

Coming Soon • Nov 9

Run Boy Run

Germany (in Polish with English subtitles). 107 min. NR. A young boy escapes from the Warsaw ghetto, but must figure out how to continue to survive. He changes his name from Srulik to Jurek in order to hide his Jewish identity and disguises himself from the Gestapo with Catholicism. Eventually, he must decide between his heritage and his new identity, between persecution and unembattled life.

Coming Soon • Nov 9

The Last Mentsch

Commemorating Kristallnacht, this film will be followed by a talkback by Edwin Black, an award winning author.

Having survived Auschwitz, Menachem Teitelbaum erases the horror of his past by suppressing his Jewish identity. When his mortality finally makes itself known, he requests to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, only to have his appeal rejected. He asks a Turkish woman for help, and they set out to find evidence of his past.

Sponsored by Beth Shalom Synagogue and Tree of Life Temple, Made possible by the Sidney Krauss Charitable Trust Fund

Coming Soon • Nov 15


As the chairman of Sears, Roebuck, and Co., Julius Rosenwald amassed a fortune, yet he dedicated himself to tzedakah—the Jewish tradition of charity—becoming one of the most generous philanthropists for Black Americans in the midcentury. He founded schools in the Jim Crow South and awarded fellowships to luminaries from Baldwin to DuBois. That you haven’t heard of him before this portrait was part of his humble project.

Coming Soon • Nov 17


An aging Jewish baker struggles to keep his shop afloat in a modernizing Britain. As a last-ditch effort, he enlists the help of a young Muslim refugee from Darfur, who also deals weed to make ends meet. When he accidentally drops cannabis into the challah, the two discover the recipe for success—and form a peculiar friendship.

Coming Soon • Nov 17

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

In Israel, only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution; the latter process is a grueling and unsparing examination of a relationship by a rabbinical panel. Gett follows one woman’s appeal to divorce her conservative husband, and the ensuing courtroom chamber drama as one by one witnesses describe their impression of the Amsalems’ marriage.

Sponsored by Law Offices of Lewis, Babcock and Griffin