• Shutter Island

Universal Pictures is by far the worst of the major studios with regard to providing timely press screenings of its releases. The Wolfman didn’t have a press preview in Chicago until Tuesday, February 9, only three days before it opened. This works out fine for the dailies and the bloggers, but not so good for the Reader, which is already going to press by then. That explains why I’m bringing up the rear with a long review now, when the movie already seems as musty as the werewolf myth itself.

On a related note, Metacritic recently released its first annual report card on the major studios’ revenues for 2009, and Universal finished dead last. How terribly sad.