Opening this Christmas, Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the finance world in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," Keanu Reeves and a band of samurai warriors fight a ruthless shogun in "47 Ronin," Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro face off in "Grudge Match," and tensions grow between Meryl Streep and everyone else in "August: Osage County."
Based on Jordan Belfort's memoirs, "The Wolf of Wall Street" re-teams Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in the story of a crooked stockbroker's meteoric rise, outlandish behavior, and sudden fall involving the federal government. Set in the '80s and early '90s, the comedy-drama is Scorsese at his most adult (don't bring the kids). The film's stellar cast is rounded out by Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin ('The Artist'), and more.
Starring Keanu Reeves, "47 Ronin" depicts the epic fight between 47 leaderless samurai (ronin) and a treacherous warlord. After the warlord kills the samurai's master and drives the fighters from their homeland, the Japanese warriors seek the help of Kai (Reeves) -- a half-breed they once rejected -- to take down the merciless shogun and fend off other mythical enemies along the way.
"Grudge Match" finds old rivals, Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro), facing off again in the ring after a 30-year absence. The pair fought against each other twice in their heyday, but each fighter won one bout, leaving the score unsettled. Decades later, the aging boxers are coaxed out of retirement for a final match to figure out once-and-for-all who reigns supreme. The sports comedy hits theaters Christmas Day.
Originally a Tony award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play, "August: Osage County" has been given the Hollywood makeover. Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Chris Cooper, the black dramedy portrays a dysfunctional family pulled back to their Oklahoma home by a family crisis. Tensions grow and secrets slowly unravel. The film plays in limited release beginning this Friday, December 27, and goes wide January 10.
Also, in theaters this week:
- "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" stars Ben Stiller (who also directs) as a day-dreamer who embarks on a real-life epic adventure when he's forced to take action after his job is threatened. The film goes wide Christmas Day.
- Directed by Peter Berg, "Lone Survivor" stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Eric Bana as members of SEAL Team 10, who are tasked to bring down Taliban leader, Ahmad Shahd. The film opens limited on Christmas and goes wide January 10th.
- "Justin Bieber's Believe" offers exclusive backstage and on-stage footage of the pop star during his rise to super stardom. The film goes wide Christmas Day.
- In "The Invisible Woman," Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) begins an affair with a secret lover at the height of his success that would continue until his death. Opens limited on Christmas.
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