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Polanski and Scorsese Make for Rare Best Director Showdown

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The latest Leonardo DiCaprio-Martin Scorsese collaboration is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane about a cop sent to find an inmate who's mysteriously disappeared from an asylum. (Published Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010)

    It's not often that two directors as accomplished as Martin Scorsese and Roman Polanski unveil films on the same weekend, but today sees "Shutter Island," starring Leonardo DiCaprio, going up against "Ghost Writer," starring Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor.

    Joining the fray are the unlikely duo of Parker Posey and Demi Moore as sisters, and a documentary about a rocker-turned-vintner.

    "Ghost Writer"

    [NATL] "Ghost Writer"
    Pierce Brosnan stars in this thriller from director Roman Polanski as a British Prime Minister who hires Ewan McGregor to help with his memoirs after the previous man for the job dies mysteriously. (Published Thursday, Mar 11, 2010)

    Shutter Island

    A psychological thriller based on the Dennis Lehane novel of the same title, stars DiCaprio as a U.S. Marshal who, along with his partner (Mark Ruffalo) is sent to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a convicted murderer.

    "Happy Tears"

    [NATL] "Happy Tears"
    Demi Moore, Parker Posey, Rip Torn and Ellen Barkin star in this indie comedy about two sisters dealing with their father's declining health, his love of prostitutes and the treasure he supposedly buried in their yard years ago. (Published Thursday, Mar 11, 2010)

    Ghost Writer

    McGregor plays a man hired to help a former British Prime Minister (Brosnan) write his memoirs, only to uncover that the death of the previous scribe may have been linked to the PM's ties to the CIA.

    Tool's Maynard James Keenan Turns "Blood Into Wine"

    [NATL] Tool's Maynard James Keenan Turns "Blood Into Wine"
    This documentary follows rocker Maynard James Keenan, who, when he's not busy fronting one of his globally popular bands, heads to his Arizona vineyard where he makes wines named for his mother Judith. (Published Wednesday, Feb 17, 2010)

    Happy Tears

    If the trailer lived up to the promise of castmembers Parker Posey, Rip Torn and Ellen Barkin (and Demi Moore), we'd be standing in line right now, but it looks to be just another aggressively quirky indie comedy about a family in turmoil.

    Blood Into Wine

    Chronicles the Arizona vineyard and winery owned by Maynard James Keenan, frontman for the bands tool and A Perfect Circle, as they introduce their maiden effort, Judith, named after Keenan's mother, to the market. With appearances by Milla Jovovich and Patton Oswald.