2013 Holiday Movie Releases

Release dates and summaries of some of the biggest movies coming out this Holiday season.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- November 22 President Snow, fearful of the growing unrest in Panem, sentences a stunned Katniss and Peeta to return to the Capitol and fight to the death once more in an all-star edition of the Hunger Games.

  • Frozen -- November 27 Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale ''The Snow Queen.'' In this version, the magical snow-controlling queen Elsa has unintentionally cursed the kingdom of Arendelle with eternal winter, leaving her plucky sister Anna to try to end the chilling spell.

  • OldBoy -- November 27 Josh Brolin plays a man seeking revenge on the mysterious villain who kidnapped him and locked him in a room for 20 years, then inexplicably let him go.

  • Out of Furnace -- December 6 An ex-con avenges his missing brother by going after a crime boss in the steel town of Braddock, Pa.

  • American Hustle -- December 13 A fictionalized take on a real-life 1970s federal investigation into political corruption. American Hustle is inhabited by colorful and cunning con artists, a somewhat unhinged FBI agent, a volatile power broker., and a loose-cannon housewife.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug -- December 13 Bilbo Baggins and his band of dwarves meet up with some new Middle-earth faces, like the man-bear ''skin changer'' Beorn, the heroic Bard the Bowman, and the fierce elf warrior Tauriel, a character created specifically for the movie and played by Evangeline Lilly.

  • Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas -- December 13 Personalities, classes, and races clash as Madea and her niece Eileen travel to the Southern town of Buck Tussel to spend Christmas with Eileen's daughter, who has been hiding the fact that she married a white farmer.

  • Anchorman 2 -- December 18 This sequel is set a few years after the original, in the late '70s and early '80s. It finds Burgundy — who has lost everything and been reduced to announcing the dolphin show at SeaWorld — getting a shot at redemption when he and the gang are brought into the new world of 24-hour cable news.

  • Saving Mr. Banks -- December 20 Author P. L. Travers reflects on her difficult childhood while meeting with filmmaker Walt Disney during production for the adaptation of her novel, Mary Poppins.

  • 47 Ronin -- December 25 The outcast Kai joins a group of ronin, led by Kuranosuke Oishi, who seeks vengeance on Lord Kira for killing their master and banishing the group. The ronin embark on a journey with challenges that would defeat most warriors.

  • Grudge Match -- December 25 Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play rival pugilists ­stepping back in the ring for one last fight.

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit -- December 25 Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

  • Labor Day -- December 25 The guy who is bleeding from his side needs help. But he's not asking; he's telling. That's the setup for the drama Labor Day, starring Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who takes shelter with a mentally fragile, reclusive single mom and her teenage son over the course of one long late-summer holiday weekend in New England.

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty -- December 25 Inspired by the 1939 James Thurber short story, the movie follows a shy man who spices up his dull existence by imagining himself in ­fantastical, heroic situations.

  • Lone Survivor -- December 27 In 2005 four SEALs were ambushed by Taliban forces in the Afghan mountains, a fubar situation that ultimately cost 19 American servicemen their lives. The one hero who made it home was Marcus Luttrell, whose best-selling 2007 account of the ordeal is the basis for the film.