Ho ho Hollywood! The movie biz is feeling extra-generous -- and competitive -- this holiday by delivering a whopping seven titles to theaters on Dec. 25 and one on Dec. 27. And no wonder: Over the past decade, Christmas week has been the year's highest-grossing stretch. So if you need a break from eggnog and carols, or want to treat yourself and loved ones to a last-minute gift or two, consider these viewing options 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 this riotously entertaining and irreverent three-hour adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir. The farcical tale has a top-notch ensemble cast, a witty 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 47 samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master at the hands of a treacherous 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 his daydreams until he embarks on a real-life exotic adventure. Loosely based on a short story by James Thurber, it's marked by an earnest message, 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 his rise to stardom. Amid the concert footage he discusses his troubled past 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 senior Taliban commander are ambushed by enemy rebels in the mountains of Afghanistan. This grueling, brutal combat movie is stolidly pro-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 the Pulitzer-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 the family's uber-nasty matriarch (Streep).
• Perfect gift for: Theater aficionados and those drawn to talky dramas with snidely clever dialogue.