Ho ho Hollywood! The movie biz is feeling extra-generous -- andcompetitive -- this holiday by delivering a whopping seven titles totheaters on Dec. 25 and one on Dec. 27. And no wonder: Over the pastdecade, Christmas week has been the year's highest-grossing stretch. Soif you need a break from eggnog and carols, or want to treat yourselfand loved ones to a last-minute gift or two, consider these viewingoptions from USA TODAY's Claudia Puig.
The Wolf of Wall Street
• Stocking stuffed with: Director Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Joanna Lumley.
• Inside the wrapping:DiCaprio is Oscar-worthy as a crooked, decadent stockbroker in thisriotously entertaining and irreverent three-hour adaptation of JordanBelfort's memoir. The farcical tale has a top-notch ensemble cast, awitty screenplay and dazzling cinematography.
•Perfect gift for: Adult fans of Scorsese's Goodfellas and those drawn to dark comedy. Don't bring the kiddies!
The Invisible Woman (limited opening)
• Stocking stuffed with: Director Ralph Fiennes and stars Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas and Tom Hollander.
• Inside the wrapping: This, beautifully shot, well-acted period film chronicles a secret affair between writer Charles Dickens (Fiennes) in middle age and a young actress (Jones). The romance lasted for the last 13 years of Dickens's life.
• Perfect gift for: Adult admirers of Victorian-era costume dramas, biographical art films and highbrow romances.
• Stocking stuffed with: Director Carl Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada and Kou Shibasaki.
• Inside the wrapping:One of the most performed Japanese plays of all time follows 47samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master at the hands of atreacherous warlord and restore honor to their people. Reeves is not"the one" here -there are 46 others.
• Perfect gift for: Devotees of martial arts action-adventure movies and stylized, stunt-filled fantasy films.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
• Stocking stuffed with: Director/star Ben Stiller and co-stars Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott.
• Inside the wrapping:A nebbish guy (Stiller) with a vivid imagination escapes into hisdaydreams until he embarks on a real-life exotic adventure. Looselybased on a short story by James Thurber, it's marked by an earnestmessage, extensive special effects and vivid scenes shot in Iceland.
• Perfect gift for: Family audiences that enjoyed Stiller in the Night at the Museum movies, but not fans of Stiller's edgier comic fare like Tropic Thunder.
Justin Bieber's Believe
• Stocking stuffed with: Director Jon M. Chu and stars Justin Bieber, Ludacris and Usher.
• Inside the wrapping:A look at the 19-year-old singer both backstage and onstage during hisrise to stardom. Amid the concert footage he discusses his troubledpast year, in interviews.
• Perfect gift for: A narrow swath-Beliebers and pre-teen girls. Don't bring Grandpa.
• Stocking stuffed with: Director Peter Segal and stars Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin.
• Inside the wrapping: Stallone and De Niro play a pair of retired boxers who settle a long-standing feud by going back into the ring.
• Perfect gift for: Enthusiasts of inspirational sports movies and nostalgic fans of the Rocky movies. Do bring Grandpa.
Lone Survivor (limited opening)
• Stocking stuffed with: Director Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana and Taylor Kitsch.
• Inside the wrapping:Four Navy SEALs on a secret mission in 2005 to take down a seniorTaliban commander are ambushed by enemy rebels in the mountains ofAfghanistan. This grueling, brutal combat movie is stolidlypro-military and patriotic, but apolitical.
• Perfect gift for: Fans of Black Hawk Down, The Kingdom and Zero Dark Thirty.
August: Osage County (Dec. 27)
• Stocking stuffed with: Director John Wells and stars Meryl Streep,Julia Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis and Ewan McGregor.
• Inside the wrapping:It's anti-holiday fare at its most star-studded. This over-the-top,occasionally uproarious tale of an Oklahoma family - based on thePulitzer-prize winning play by Tracy Letts- could take the prize for most dysfunctional collection of relatives.Roberts gives her best performance ever as the estranged daughter of thefamily's uber-nasty matriarch (Streep).
• Perfect gift for: Theater aficionados and those drawn to talky dramas with snidely clever dialogue.