The NBC Latino guide to the hottest films out this holiday season.

Holiday 2013: Movies to see this season

Movie buffs know that some of the year’s most highly anticipated films are released in December in anticipation of awards season, but this holiday there are films across nearly every genre for enjoyment in a group of friends or with family. From Paul Walker’s last completed movie to the latest in a fantasy triology which has earned scores of fans nationwide, here’s our list of must-see movies this winter – all of course, which feature Latinos either in front of or behind the camera.

Have you already checked out one or more of these films? Let us know which were your favorites – and which ones you wish you had skipped.

Louis C.K. attends the "American Hustle" screening at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2013 in New York City.

Louis C.K. attends the “American Hustle” screening at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo/Getty Images)

“American Hustle” (Rated R)

A 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture,” “American Hustle” features comedian Louis C.K and actor Michael Pena as characters who help drive the film about con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his exploits in a world where the mafia, the feds and political operators all have something to lose. Opens Dec. 13 in theaters nationwide.

Actor Oscar Isaac stars in "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Actor Oscar Isaac stars in “Inside Llewyn Davis.” (Photo/Courtesy CBS Films)

 “Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Inside Llewyn Davis” stars Oscar Isaac as the brooding folk singer after whom the film is titled. The Latino actor – who is of Guatemalan and Cuban descent – drives this 1960s era film by Ethan and Joel Coen about one week in the life of a struggling artist with dreams of musical success. And Isaac – who reportedly dropped his last name Hernandez in order to avoid being typecast in Hollywood – has received critical acclaim in his role with Golden Globe nominations for “Best Actor, Comedy or Musical” and “Best Original Song” for the tune “Please Mr. Kennedy” for which the 33-year-old collaborated with Justin Timberlake and “Girls” star Adam Driver. Currently in theaters nationwide.

(Right to left.) Zoe Saldana and Christian Bale star in "Out of the Furnace."

(Right to left.) Zoe Saldana and Christian Bale star in “Out of the Furnace.” (© 2012 Relativity Media, All rights reserved. Photo Credit: Kerry Hayes)

“Out of the Furnace” (R)

Zoe Saldana stars opposite Christian Bale in this film about a steel mill employee who finds that the way of life that once sustained his family in the Appalachian Mountains range is being erased – with grave and violent consequences for both his himself and his brother. Gripping with its portrayal of blue collar life in America, “Out of the Furnace” was released Dec. 4 and is currently playing in theaters nationwide. Read our interview with Saldana about the film here.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (PG-13)

Fans of the “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” franchise will consider this a must see, but this fantasy film – the second of a triology of films – delivers solid entertainment for kids, teens and adults alike with its themes of sacrifice, heroism, love and the triumph of good over evil. Guillermo del Toro has screenplay credits and this action-filled film – which opens Dec. 13th nationwide – is sure to leave audiences waiting for the third installment of the “Hobbit” series come December 2014. Click here to read  why del Toro – named one of NBC Latino’s 2014 Innovators has made history through his work in film.

Paul Walker (l) and Genesis Rodriguez (r) star in "Hours."

Paul Walker (l) and Genesis Rodriguez (r) star in “Hours.” (Photo/Courtesy Pantelion Films)

“Hours” (PG-13)

Actor Paul Walker may have passed away in a tragic car accident Nov. 30 but his memory lives in “Hours.” The film features Walker as a father who struggles – and sacrifices – in order to keep his infant daughter alive after Hurricane Katrina effectively shuts down electricity and ends all access to resources in the hospital where Walker find himself stranded. Perhaps best known as an action star thanks to his roles in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, “Hours” reveals Walker’s acting chops as a man who finds his inner strength during one of life’s darkest moments. Co-starring Genesis Rodriguez, “Hours” was filmed in Louisiana and options nationwide Dec. 13. Check out the trailer here.

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