A dramatic account of Charles Dickens' affair with the 18-year-old actress Ellen "Nelly" Ternan amid the strict, whispering society of Victorian England. With Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas. Written by Abi Morgan. Directed by Fiennes. Sony Pictures Classics

Labor Day

On a back-to-school shopping trip, a reclusive single mother and her 13-year-old son encounter and take in a man in need, who turns out to be an escaped convict but also bonds with them both. With Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire. Written and directed by Jason Reitman. Paramount Pictures andrea_sumpter@paramount.com

The Wolf of Wall Street

A biopic charting the rise and fall of the hard-living New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who founded the infamous boiler-room brokerage Stratton Oakmont and cheated investors out of as much as $200 million in the early 1990s. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey. Written by Terence Winter. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Paramount Pictures

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Displeased with his mundane existence, a daydream-prone Life magazine photo editor gets out from behind his desk and travels across the globe in search of a missing negative. With Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Adam Scott. Written by Steven Conrad. Directed by Stiller. 20th Century Fox

FRIDAY, DEC. 27

Lone Survivor

Four Navy Seals on a covert mission to take down a high-level Al Qaeda operative are ambushed in the mountains of Afghanistan and face insurmountable odds. With Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster. Written and directed by Peter Berg. Universal Pictures

One Chance

A biopic telling the story of Paul Potts, a Welsh cellphone salesman and amateur opera singer who became an overnight sensation via the reality TV series "Britain's Got Talent." With James Corden, Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters and Mackenzie Crook. Written by Justin Zackham. Directed by David Frankel. The Weinstein Co.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box

When his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped, a 17-year-old boy follows a trail of clues to a mysterious hotel and discovers a dangerous supernatural realm. With Michael Sheen, Lena Headey and Sam Neill. Written by Christian Taylor and Matthew Huffman. Directed by Jonathan Newman. RLJ Entertainment

Banshee Chapter

On the trail of a missing friend who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist is drawn into a dangerous world of shadowy government chemical-research programs. With Katia Winter, Ted Levine and Michael McMillian. Written and directed by Blair Erickson. XLrator Media

Dumbbells

A former college sports star turned trainer finds new purpose when his gym's new owner tries to turn the neglected business into a reality show. With Brian Drolet, Hoyt Richards and Nic Nicotera. Written by Drolet and Richards. Directed by Chris Livingston. GoDigital

The Truth About Emanuel

A troubled teenage girl becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a strikingly resemblance to her dead mother. With Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina and Frances O'Connor. Written and directed by Francesca Gregorini. Tribeca Film

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