Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ ready to shut out rivals

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The anticipation for this weekend's big studio film, the suspenseful Shutter Island from Martin Scorsese should translate at the box office. It is the director's latest drama since winning the Oscar for The Departed in 2006, and he has teamed up once again with Leonardo DiCaprio.

A psychological thriller set in the 1950s, the story follows an investigation of a murderess, who has vanished from a hospital for the criminally insane. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane ( Mystic River), the intrigue revolves around a sinister institution and the investigator's inner demons.

It features a strong cast including Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, and Jackie Earle Haley (the upcoming Freddie Kruger in A Nightmare on Elm Street).

Another thriller, The Ghost Writer, from another acclaimed director, Roman Polanski, releases this weekend with a lot of buzz. But the political tale, starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, only opens in New York and Los Angeles.