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    This film image released by 20th Century Fox shows Ben Stiller in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." This is Stiller's fifth time directing, but it's his boldest move toward establishing his career behind the camera. The actor-director talks to Associated Press about his Walter Mitty-esque dreams to expand himself as a filmmaker. (AP Photo/ 20th Century Fox, Wilson Webb)

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    Sylvester Stallone, left, and Robert De Niro, center, renew their 1980s boxing rivalry in “Grudge Match,” co-starring Kevin Hart.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio plays stockbroker Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” directed by Martin Scorsese.

A package of Christmas films

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 - 10:05 am

Always a big day for movies, Christmas Day will be star-studded, starting with Martin Scorsese’s fourth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Another longtime Scorsese collaborator, Robert De Niro, plays off his “Raging Bull” persona in the comedy “Grudge Match,” co-starring “Rocky’s” Sylvester Stallone. Director and actor Ben Stiller teams with Kristen Wiig in reviving James Thurber’s adventurer-in-his-dreams character in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

The late South African President Nelson Mandela receives the biopic treatment in “Mandela.”

Here are some movie reviews:

“Grudge Match” pulls its punches.

Wolves of Wall Street” over indulges

Stiller’s “Walter Mitty” is slight but sweet

And here’s a capsule listing of current releases.

Look for a review of “47 Ronin,” which also opens Wednesday, in Friday’s Ticket.

Read more articles by Carla Meyer

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