Holiday movie guide 2013

Updated 1:21 PM ET, Tue December 24, 2013
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Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" isn't the only treasure in theaters this holiday movie season. Here's what else cinema junkies can look forward to over the break: Warner Bros. Pictures
After almost getting bumped to 2014, Paramount has opted to gift American moviegoers with a little Leo DiCaprio on Christmas Day. The actor has reteamed with Martin Scorsese for this high-flying film about greed and corruption, based on the true story of Wall Street "wolf" Jordan Belfort. Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill also star. (Release date: December 25) Paramount Pictures
Ben Stiller returns to the director's chair with "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," in which the actor also stars. Based on James Thurber's 1939 story of a daydreamer who replaces his ordinary existence with adventures of romantic heroism in his fantasies, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" also stars Kristen Wiig, Patton Oswalt, Shirley MacLaine and Adam Scott. (Release date: December 25) 20th Century Fox
"Captain Phillips" isn't Tom Hanks' only awards season movie inspired by true life. In "Saving Mr. Banks," Hanks plays Walt Disney himself as he wooed the skeptical "Mary Poppins" author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to make the now-classic 1964 film. Colin Farrell and Paul Giamatti also star. (Release date: December 20) Walt Disney Pictures
Starring the winning pair of Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, "Grudge Match" is a sporting drama about two boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one last face-off in the ring. (Release date: December 25) Warner Bros. Pictures
Keanu Reeves' samurai action epic "47 Ronin" is finally coming to theaters after being pushed back on the release calendar a few times. Drawing inspiration from a well-known Japanese tale, the film follows the 47 warriors who are on a mission to seek revenge on the vicious overlord who killed their master and bring honor back to their homeland. (Release date: December 25) Universal Pictures
After winning the holiday season of 2012 with "Silver Linings Playbook," director David O. Russell has rounded up some of his favorite stars for a round two. "American Hustle," starring Amy Adams (from left), Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, is inspired by the FBI's Abscam operation in the '70s. (Release date: December 20) Columbia Pictures
One of the holiday films already getting awards season buzz is director John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' stage production "August: Osage County." Featuring a killer cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney and Margo Martindale, "August: Osage County" is a dramatic comedy capturing the dysfunction of one Oklahoman family filled with strong-willed women. (Release date: Select cities December 27) The Weinstein Company
Idris Elba has taken on a herculean task with his starring role in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." The biopic retraces Nelson Mandela's rise from childhood to revolutionary leader. (Release date: December 25) The Weinstein Company
We're guessing there are several parents who will be wrapping up tickets to Justin Bieber's latest documentary as gifts this season. "Believe," strategically lined up for Christmas Day, is a documentary on Bieber's rise as directed by Jon M. Chu. (Release date: December 25) Open Road Films
Based on an actual military mission, "Lone Survivor" tells the story of a crew of Navy SEALs who find themselves serving on a capture or kill hunt for a Taliban leader on what becomes a deadly operation. Film stars Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Ludwig and Ben Foster. (Release date: Select cities on December 27 before going wide January 10.) Universal Pictures
Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel provide the voices to the memorable characters in "Frozen." Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," this family friendly feature follows two sisters after one of them turns a kingdom into a perpetual winter wonderland. (Release date: November 27) Walt Disney Pictures
Oscar Isaac may not be familiar to you now, but just wait until "Inside Llewyn Davis" gains steam throughout the holiday season. Directed by the Coen brothers, Isaac stars as an aspiring young folk singer -- the Llewyn Davis of the title -- trying to succeed in the Greenwich Village music scene of the early '60s. Also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. (Release date: December 20) CBS Films
Spike Jonze's "her" is sure to spark lots of discussion at holiday parties. The drama stars Joaquin Phoenix as a writer whose loneliness compels him to develop an unusual attachment to a new operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) that's equipped to meet all of his needs. (Release date: Select cities on December 18 before moving wide on January 10) Warner Bros. Pictures
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this drama about a mother searching for her son who was taken away from her decades earlier. (Release date: November 27) The Weinstein Company
With a new director but still the core cast, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is the long-awaited return to the bloody arena after 2012's blockbuster first installment, "The Hunger Games." (Release date: November 22) Lionsgate Films
An all-star cast help bring Langston Hughes' production, "Black Nativity," to life on screen. The feature stars Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Nas and Mary J. Blige. (Release date: November 27) Fox Searchlight
After months of heavy promotion, San Diego's classiest news team is back in business with "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." This time, Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy and his crew have their sights set on conquering a cable news channel in the Big Apple. (Release date: December 18) Paramount Pictures
Tyler Perry's Madea is in the holiday spirit this year, as the tart-tongued elder returns with "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas." Also starring Chad Michael Murray, Tika Sumpter and Kathy Najimy. (Release date: December 13) Lionsgate Films
Think of "Walking With Dinosaurs" like a cross between "The Land Before Time" and "Jurassic Park" without the Spielbergesque drama. In this 3-D epic from Fox, the curious can get a realistic picture of what life was like when dinosaurs ruled, as told through the story of one young dino. (Release date: December 20) 20th Century Fox