Entertainment Holiday movies: The 10 most anticipated films By ROB LEVIN Updated November 13, 2014 6:49 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Much like the proverbial fruitcake, holiday movie season is something we can count on every year, and much of it usually doesn't taste all that great. But among the unholy stinkers and over-bloated vanity projects, there are always gems. This is Oscar bait season too, after all, as plenty of studios hold their best so the films are fresh in voters' minds. To help you sort through the onslaught of noxious nuts and get to the cinematic caviar, film critic Rob Levin offers his selections for the holiday movies he's most looking forward to, and why. "The Imitation Game" Photo Credit: Jack English There's serious Oscar buzz around Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as British WWII Enigma code breaker Alan Turing. (in theaters Nov. 21) "Wild" Photo Credit: Anne Marie Fox This one has Oscar written all over it for the great Reese Witherspoon, hiking solo in California. (Dec. 5) "Exodus: Gods and Kings" Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Christian Bale as Moses? Plus Ridley Scott ("Alien," "Blade Runner")? Sign us up. (Dec. 12) "The Gambler" Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures/Claire Folger When he's not battling Transformers or taking part in run-of-the-mill action junk, Mark Walhberg (left, with Brie Larson) has proven that he's quite the actor. (Dec. 19) "Selma" Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures / Atsushi Nishijima We can't wait to check out Ava DuVernay's epic about the voting rights marches in Alabama circa 1965. The casting, especially David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is amazing. (Dec. 25) "American Sniper" Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Keith Bernstein Clint Eastwood is hit-or-miss these days but this film, starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, promises some serious drama. (Dec. 25) "The Interview" Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures / Ed Araquel How could you argue with the premise (celebrity TV journos are hired to assassinate Kim Jong Un) or the credentials of director/star Seth Rogen and his partner Evan Goldberg? (Dec. 25) "A Most Violent Year" Photo Credit: A24 / Atsushi Nishijima J.C. Chandor has begun his career with two really impressive movies ("Margin Call," "All is Lost"), and we have high hopes for this circa 1981 New York crime drama. (Dec. 31) "Leviathan" Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Classics Critics flipped for this Russian drama at the Cannes Film Festival and it'd seem to be a front-runner for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. (Dec. 31) "Jupiter Ascending" Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures Anything the Wachowskis ("The Matrix") take on is of interest, even if it's been delayed repeatedly. With Mila Kunis. (Feb. 6) By ROB LEVIN Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Holiday movies: 68 new films out this seasonIt's the most wonderful time of the year! Best new movies and shows on Netflix this monthDon't miss these newbies. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.