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Best bets: DiCaprio travels to ‘Shutter Island’

In "Shutter Island," DiCaprio explores a creepy insane asylum as a hurricane approaches. Plus: The Winter Olympics continue in Vancouver; "Coco Before Chanel" hits DVD.
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MOVIES
Those who've read Dennis Lehane's thoroughly creepy novel "Shutter Island" have long been awaiting its big-screen debut. The film reunites director Martin Scorsese with one of his favorite stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, and adds Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley. DiCaprio plays a U.S. marshal who travels to the mysterious East Coast island, home of an insane asylum and a bunch of secrets, just as a hurricane is bearing down. Soon he finds himself questioning everything he once believed true. (Opens Feb. 19.)

"Blood Done Sign My Name" is another long-awaited movie made from an uber-popular book. Both the film and Tim Tyson's book tell the true story of Henry Marrow, a black man who was murdered in North Carolina in 1970. An all-white jury returned a verdict of not guilty against Marrow's white accused murderers, and racial unrest erupted. A thought-provoking film for Black History Month or any month. (Opens Feb. 19.)

TV
In a classic "Simpsons" episode, Homer tells his wife, "Aw, Marge, you can watch the Olympics any time." But of course you can't, and now's the time to soak up all the snow and ice sports from the warmth of your living room. This week: Keep your eye on Flying Tomato Shaun White, possibly the most recognizable athlete at the games, as he goes for snowboarding gold. (Vancouver Olympics, all week, NBC and affiliated channels.)

If you need a break from the Olympics, check out the TV premiere of the award-winning documentary "Facing Ali," which focuses on the fascinating life of the boxing legend. Ten of his ring rivals, from Joe Frazier to George Foreman, speak out about their one-time opponent. (Feb. 15, 9 p.m., Spike TV)

DVD
The French film "Coco Before Chanel" is nominated for an Oscar for best costume design, so if you're one of those who simply must make your predictions before the March 7 ceremony, rent this DVD now. Critic Roger Ebert notes that star Audrey Tautou "avoids any effort to make Coco Chanel nice, soft or particularly sympathetic," which means this is no puff piece biography. Indeed, Time Out New York called it "highbrow guilty pleasure gold." (Out on DVD Feb. 16.)

MUSIC
An early Amazon.com review of Ike Reilly's latest album, "Hard Luck Stories," bemoans the singer's lack of wealth and fame. "More great music. More overlooked music. How this dude cannot afford that Ferrari is the real shame," writes Dave Williams. He's absolutely right. Reilly's story-telling songs are unique and hypnotizing, and if you haven't been exposed to him, pick up the entrancing "Salesmen & Racists" and then the new album. (Out on CD Feb. 16.)