Top Five Most Anticipated Movies of This Christmas Holiday

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December 15th, 2013

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Top Five Most Anticipated Movies of This Christmas Holiday

The Christmas holiday is fast approaching, and an array of highly anticipated movies are about to hit the theaters. With the race for Oscar awards in full swing, several top contenders are predicted to bag a few nominations. Here are five of the most popular films that movie enthusiasts look forward to this December:

1. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" (Release date: December 13)
Directed by Peter Jackson, the second Hobbit installment continues Bilbo Baggins' (Martin Freeman) exciting journey as he travels with the sagacious wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen dwarves on an epic adventure to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. The first movie earned a gigantic $1 billion worldwide, and many Hobbit fans certainly expect that the sequel will be more thrilling and packed with action. "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" brings together once again the much-loved characters of J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece.

2. "American Hustle" (Release date: December 18)
David O. Russell's "American Hustle" stars a chemistry-rich, top-caliber cast that includes Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams. The movie tells the story of Irvin Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), an ingenious con man who operates with his seductive and alluring partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). The two get involved in a rough situation wherein they're forced to work for Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), a wild FBI agent who pushes them into the enticing yet dangerous world of mafia and power brokers. Given Russell's previous outstanding works, most critics expect "American Hustle" to be another genre-defying film that hinges on raw emotions.

3. "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (Release date: December 25)
Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a remake of the 1947 movie based on a short story by James Thurber. The movie focuses on regular office worker Walter Mitty who's fond of daydreaming and living in a fantasy world. Mitty sets out on colorful and imaginative journeys of romance, action, and heroism along with his real-life colleague and love interest Kristen Wiig (Cheryl Melhoff). When their jobs get threatened, Mitty suddenly embarks on a journey in the real world and encounters more adventures than his daily fantasies. The movie looks quite promising and seems a great feel-good movie for this holiday season. It's the perfect film to watch for families, couples, and anyone else who wants to see an uplifting and inspirational story about reaching dreams and taking chances.

4. "The Wolf of Wall Street" (Release date: December 25)
Martin Scorsese's extremely controversial story involving a cunning young man who messed up Wall Street is finally reaching the theaters this Christmas. Set in the late '80s, the movie chronicles the tumultuous lifestyle as well as the rise and fall of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) on Wall Street. Opening right on Christmas day, "The Wolf of Wall Street" is packed with drama as it delves deep into the transition of the American dream into corporate greed, power, and drugs.

4. "47 Ronin" (Release date: December 25)
Keanu Reeves returns to the screen with the action-adventure movie "47 Ronin," directed by Carl Rinsch. The movie explores themes of revenge and heroism as forty-seven samurai, whose master has been killed by a treacherous warlord, seek vengeance. This group of ronin needs the help of Kai (Keanu Reeves), a previously rejected half-breed, to battle savage beasts and mythic creatures. Kai is set to become the hero who will serve as an inspiration to the ronin, who are outnumbered by enemies. Fans of Reeves will surely be delighted to see his latest comeback in the theaters.

5. "Saving Mr. Banks" (Limited release on December 13 and wide release on December 20)
Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks and double Academy Award winner Emma Thompson form an indomitable duo in this biographic comedy-drama inspired by the untold story of how one of Disney's most favorite classics, "Mary Poppins," successfully made it to the screen. The movie shares the story of how Disney crafted a movie out of his daughters' favorite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins." Twenty year years pass before he realizes this goal. Disney encounters an uncompromising writer who adamantly refuses to let the dearly loved character Mary Poppins to get transformed into a Hollywood movie. The movie appears to be very much nostalgic and certainly entertaining for any Walt Disney and Mary Poppins fan.

These are some of the most talked-about movies that will be released around the Christmas holiday. Many movies are undoubtedly going to be blockbuster flicks. With the great selection of films rocking the theaters this month, people are bound to enjoy their holiday to the fullest.