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Martin Scorsese is not a "personal filmmaker."

My English professors always warned me against reading anything biographically. Pulling a meaning from a work based on knowledge of the writer's life is always tempting and sometimes enlightening, but ultimately it's a lazy route that closes alternate possibilities. That's a good rule that more film writers should follow. "Shutter Island" is coming out tomorrow and already people are getting their hate on, with the key buzzword being "impersonal" and variants thereon...

Death of the theatrical re-release.

UK citizens who feel like "Valentine's Day" is still not enough Garry Marshall will be able to flock to a re-release of "Pretty Woman," celebrating its 20th anniversary abroad but not at home. Aside from last year's successful re-release of the first two "Toy Story"s in converted 3D, it's been a long time since theatrical re-releases were part of multiplex fare. Which is a shame, even if it's not surprising. Disney did well with the "Toy Story"...