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7 movies to see on Christmas Day
The season's hottest movie releases
Published Thursday, December 19, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

Going to the movies on Christmas Day is a popular tradition for many families.

Spending an afternoon at the theater is an ideal option for those looking to get out of the house and do something after the gifts have been unwrapped, the bellies are full and the cabin fever begins to settle in. So it’s no wonder that the last week of the year has consistently been the highest grossing for box office sales for over a decade, according to Box Office Mojo, an IMDb company that tracks movie ticket sales.

And with all the Oscar and Golden Globe buzz circulating around this year's crop of yuletide releases, it looks like Hollywood has a great gift in store for moviegoers. Here’s a list (in no particular order) of what’s playing at a theater near you:

The Wolf of Wall Street

Set in the late 1980s and directed by Martin Scorsese (Good Fellas), “The Wolf of Wall Street” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who goes from dreaming big to being greedy and living a life of excess and corruption. A wild child in his early 20s with success, wealth, access and influence, Belfort earns the name “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The cast also includes Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. (Release Date: Dec. 25)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

With the recent death of the former South African president, “Mandela” is likely to resonate with audiences all the more. Starring Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as his wife Winnie, this film tells the story of Mandela’s extraordinary journey and shows a lesser-known side of the beloved leader, including his love of fancy cars, enthusiasm for boxing and reputation as a “ladies’ man.” (Release Date: Dec. 25 – This film is only opening in select theaters. Check listings prior to arrival.)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

In this film – starring, written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry – Madea is coaxed into joining a friend on a trip to the country, where she dishes out her own brand of holiday cheer as the town prepares for its annual Christmas Jubilee. The cast includes Tika Sumpter, Eric Lively, Larry the Cable Guy and Chad Michael Murray. Sweet Brown also makes an appearance. (Now playing)

The Best Man Holiday


If you haven’t already received the memo, this film is a must-see for the holiday season. Spend Christmas in New York with Mia, Lance, Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Shelby, Quentin, Julian and Candice. It’s been 15 years since the whole gang has been together, and things will never be the same. A word of advice: bring some tissues for your tears and be prepared to laugh until it hurts. (Now playing)

Anchor Man 2: The Legend Continues

Will Farrell is back as San Diego’s top-rated newsman Ron Burgundy in this much-anticipated sequel to the 2004 box office hit. Joined by his wife and co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner), Burgundy is on a mission to take the nation’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (Release date: Dec. 18)

Grudge Match

Kevin Hart provides comic relief in this film about two boxing rivals from Pittsburgh. “The Grudge” stars Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone star as Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp – two retired boxers who return to the ring for one final match. Rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J. also makes an appearance. (Release Date: Dec. 25)

American Hustle

Set in the 1970s, “American Hustle” stars Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, a brilliant con artist who is forced to work with a wild FBI agent, Ritchie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Amy Adams stars as the seductive Sydney Prosser, Rosenfeld’s stunning and equally cunning British partner. They are pushed into the underground world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. Rosenfeld’s wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one that brings it all crashing down. (Release Date: Dec. 20)  


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