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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM

“Shutter Island” shuttered — until 2010

I didn’t see this coming; did you? Martin Scorsese’s thriller “Shutter Island,” believed to be a prime Academy Awards contender, has been moved, just six weeks before its planned October 2 opening date, to February 19. Paramount says, according to Variety, that it’s purely a financial decision and that the film will be more profitable in February. Hmm. Often such a move simply means a lack of faith in the movie. But I haven’t heard any bad buzz (for that matter, I haven’t heard any buzz at all) about “Shutter Island,” and it certainly looked like a potential success. The combination of Scorsese (still fresh from his Oscar for “The Departed”), a breathlessly suspenseful Dennis Lehane novel, a strong cast (Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer), and an arresting trailer seemed to indicate a potential hit. Guess we’ll have to hold our judgment for a while; too bad.

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