Writing for NY Times, Michael Cieply covers how a surprising number of major feature films got delays of as much as two years and are now just hitting theatres.  Cieply says the delays were mostly strategic moves by the studios.  Some films are affected by last year s writers strike.  In other cases, it s been a common reshuffling for films to either avoid or enter the fray in the period leading into Oscar season.  Still, Cieply says the number of delays is unusual, with 16 of 28 films scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2010 put in the can in 2008 or earlier.  So is the caliber of some of the movies, with Martin Scorcese, Matt Damon and Ethan Hawke vehicles among those getting the lag treatment.  Cieply gives insight into what led to the decision for some of the highest-profile films in the don’t-open-’til-2010 crop.

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