Nov. 29--If you're in the market for a thriller, this is not the holiday movie season for you, since "Jack Ryan" moved from Christmas Day to early next year. Just about everything else, though? You're in luck.
Here's what's on tap in the busiest movie month of the year, arranged by genre. Keep in mind that some 2013 releases you may have read about, including Spike Jonze's "Her" and Mark Wahlberg's "Lone Survivor," won't open here until next year.
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas: The actor/writer/director/cross-dresser breaks out his housecoats again. PG-13, Dec. 13.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Finally! Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Christina Applegate re-team as the 1980s news team that wouldn't know a scoop if it nestled in their polyester pockets. Not yet rated, Dec. 18.
Inside Llewyn Davis: Joel and Ethan Coen's mordant comedy is a shaggy dog (well, technically, it's a shaggy cat) tale of a talented folk musician (Oscar Isaac) who can't catch a break in the '60s Greenwich Village music scene. A word to the wise: The movie is a lot odder than it sounds. R, Dec. 20.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Ben Stiller stars in and directs a comedy/drama loosely based on the James Thurber story about a working guy who dreams of a more adventurous life. With Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn. PG-13, Dec. 25.
The Wolf of Wall Street: Martin Scorsese's movie was delayed from November, maybe so they could figure out it's a comedy? Like many of this month's films, it's based on a true story: Leonardo DiCaprio plays a hustler who wins big and loses big in the world of high finance. Not yet rated, Dec. 25.
Out of the Furnace: An absorbing melodrama in which Christian Bale tries to prevent his troubled brother (Casey Affleck) from falling into a dangerous life of drugs and underground fights. R, Dec. 6.
The Last Days of Mars: Liev Schrieber, Romola Garai and a team of scientists head to Mars. A whole lot of them don't make it back. PB-13, Dec. 13.
Go for Sisters: John Sayles, who wrote and directed "Lone Star," crafts another psychological drama that takes place on the border between Mexico and the United States. Not yet rated, Dec. 13.
Saving Mr. Banks: The dream team of Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson plays Walt Disney and "Mary Poppins" writer P.L. Travers. He's trying to persuade the Disney-hating writer to let him make a movie of her book. Spoiler alert: He wins. PG-13, Dec. 20.
American Hustle: Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence don '70s and '80s duds in a crime caper, based on a true story of greed, cocaine and plunging necklines. R, Dec. 25.
August, Osage County: The drama about a contentious family weekend comes to the screen with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and, playing sisters, the Juliactresses: Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson. (I've seen it. The acting fireworks are impressive.) R, Dec. 25.
Grudge Match: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are aging boxers who long to pummel each other one more time. PG-13, Dec. 25.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: The South African legend is played by Idris Elba. PG-13, Dec. 25.
The Armstrong Lie: That would be Lance Armstrong, and it turns out his transgressions are even worse than you've heard. R, Dec. 6.
Bettie Page Reveals All: The famed pin-up tells her story. R, Dec. 6.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: The second chapter in the three-part "Hobbit" movie. Maybe they will remember to have a story this time? Not yet rated, Dec. 13.
Walking With Dinosaurs 3-D: A young Pachyrhinosaur grows up to be a champion. He's animated, obviously. PG, Dec. 20.
47 Ronin: They have done a good job of building up suspense for this Keanu Reeves samurai tale, which has been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years, awaiting release. PG-13, Dec. 25.
Justin Bieber's Believe: The singer asks the musical question: Are my 15 minutes of fame up? PG, Dec. 25.
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