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Hello, all.

This week is a very light one, with only a single national release to talk about.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is it is a film that appears to be of superb quality and has an incredible pedigree.  Want to know what it is?

Well, then, read on, loyal readers….

“Shutter Island” – MovieDruid Pick of the Week

Trailer

Synopsis: “Shutter Island” is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule, who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island’s fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.

MovieDruid’s Comments: I guess no one wants to go head-to-head with Martin Scorsese.  It’s hard to blame them with films like “Raging Bull,” “GoodFellas,” “The Aviator,” and “The Departed” to his credit.  I still feel it was a crime it took until 2006 for the man to get a Best Director Oscar, but that’s an argument for another day.  But, this is beyond simply the brilliance that is Scorsese’s directing.  First off, he is working with an actor that appears to have become a favorite in Leonardo DiCaprio (“Blood Diamond” & “Gangs of New York”).  DiCaprio’s work is nearly always of extremely high-caliber, and I would consider him one of the better performers of his generation.  But, he is hardly the only name here.  His co-stars include Mark Ruffalo (“The Last Castle” & “Blindness”), Ben Kingsley (“Death and the Maiden” & “Schindler’s List”), Max von Sydow (“Minority Report” & “Snow Falling on Cedars”), and Jackie Earle Haley (“Watchmen” & “The Bad News Bears”).  And that is just a sampling, even the minor roles seem to have pedigreed performers in them.  And, of course, the production values from special effects to costuming to sets all appear to be of the highest standards.  It may win Pick of the Week by default, but this film could stand up against nearly any challenger.  Scorsese appears to have crafted another instant classic.

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