For, Dec. 20, 2013

Lots of new movies have opened and are opening over the holidays, beginning on Wednesday of this week and continuing through Christmas Day next week … and beyond.

The highly anticipated sequel to one of Will Ferrell's biggest hits arrived on Wednesday (Dec. 18), "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" (PG-13), set in 1980 as the team heads to the Big Apple for that new creation, the 24/7 cable news cycle. Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Christina Applegate are all back, with cameos by Harrison Ford, Will Smith and others.

Friday (Dec. 20) brings potential Oscar nominees "Saving Mr. Banks" (PG-13), with Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, attempting to win over author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) so he can film her best-seller "Mary Poppins," and Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner in "American Hustle" (R), another true story, this one based on the ABSCAM scandal of the late1970s.

Also, "Walking With Dinosaurs" (PG), an animated feature with an educational bent; "Inside Llewyn Davis" (R), the latest Coen Brothers picture, set against the New York folk-music scene of the 1960s, exclusively at the Broadway Centre; and "Camille Claudel 1915" (not rated), a French film about the title sculptor (Juliette Binoche) late in her life when she was confined to an asylum, playing exclusively at the Tower.

On Christmas Day we'll see two more Oscar wannabes, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" (R), the true story of a high-rolling stockbroker (Leonardo DiCaprio, in his fifth Scorsese film) who won't cooperate in a fraud case, with Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill, and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" (PG-13), a timely biography of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, exclusively at the Broadway.

Also, Ben Stiller's remake of James Thurber's whimsical tale "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (PG), which became an iconic movie character for Danny Kaye in the 1940s; "Grudge Match" (PG-13), a comedy about two aging boxers (Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro) staging a rematch, and co-starring Alan Arkin; "47 Ronin" (PG-13), a martial-arts fantasy action film starring Keanu Reeves as an outcast joining with the title band of rebels; and "Justin Bieber's Believe" (PG), a new 3D concert film starring you-know-who.

And finally, next Friday (Dec. 27), a documentary exclusive to the Tower Theater, "Dear Mr. Watterson" (not rated), about the cultural impact of the enormously popular daily comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes," which was retired by cartoonist Bill Watterson in 1995.

Whew! Happy holidays.