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TIFF 2014 Preview: The Movies Everyone is Looking Forward To at the Festival

2014 Toronto International Film Festival TIFF
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On Thursday, the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off and this marks (along with Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival) that, yes, Oscar season just fired its starting gun. I will be headed to Toronto to cover the festival for ScreenCrush and, well, it's a little overwhelming. There are a lot of good movies! There's Benedict Cumberbatch playing WWII code breaker Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game'; and Jake Gyllenhaal as a sleazy freelance photographer in 'Nightcrawler,' and Jon Stweart's directorial debut, 'Rosewater'; and the Cannes darling, 'Foxcatcher,' starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo. And two -- count 'em -- TWO Adam Sandler movies that just might signal his long-awaited return to, let's say, well reviewed films with 'The Cobbler' and Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children.'

Anyway, I can't decide on my own, so we enlisted the help of a slew of respected film journalists who are also headed to TIFF and asked them what it is they are all looking forward to seeing.

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New Amazon Prime Instant Video Titles — September 2014

FX/MGM/Comedy Central
FX/MGM/Comedy Central

Sure, there's a lot of great stuff on Netflix Instant, but if you have an Amazon Prime account, there's a whole lot of streaming content right at your fingertips -- from movies to television shows, there's plenty of fantastic options for you to watch to help you take advantage of that premium service. As a bonus, it's also pilot season over at Amazon Prime, with five new exciting new shows available for members to watch and rate to help Amazon determine their fate. Read on for our guide to the newest titles heading to Amazon Prime Instant Video this September.

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New Netflix Instant Releases — September 2014

NBC/Paramount/AMC
NBC/Paramount/AMC

The time has come yet again to welcome some new additions to Netflix Instant, which means even more options to add to queue -- and even more hours of endless browsing and indecision, if you're anything like most of us. There's tons of great stuff coming to the service this month, so read on for our guide to the newest releases hitting Netflix Instant this September.

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Remembering the Best Teen Comedies of the 90s and 00s

20th Century Fox/Miramax/Buena Vista
20th Century Fox/Miramax/Buena Vista

The late 90s and early 00s gave us some of the best teen comedies ever, and it's a shame because they just don't make 'em like they used to. Actually, they're hardly making them at all anymore. So put on those old flared jeans and join us as we take a look back at the best teen comedies of not-so-long-ago.

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What This Summer’s Blockbusters Got Wrong (And Right)

2014 Summer Movies
Paramount Pictures/Sony Pictuers/Warner Bros.

As yet another star-studded and box office-busting summer moviegoing season ends this weekend, it's the perfect time to look back at the months that gave us enough entertainment to pad our culture-consuming bellies until it's time for the Oscar contenders to bulk us back up

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Reel Women: How Misogyny in Gamer Culture Hurts All of Us

Reel Women Gaming Misogyny
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One of the biggest issues in the news this week has been the ongoing rampant misogyny and outright terrorism in gamer culture, specifically the attacks on Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn and feminist media commentator Anita Sarkeesian -- both of whom have suffered exceedingly personal attacks and threats on their lives (including the horrible one in the graphic above, which was sent to Sarkeesian via Twitter). The former for merely talking sexual agency as an independent, adult woman, and the latter for criticizing the industry's treatment of women in its games. What do these issues have to do with the rest of geek culture? Well .... everything. Misogyny in gamer culture is a symptom of a larger, systemic issue. And something needs to be done about it. Now.

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‘Jersey Shore Massacre’: A Live Blog

JWoww Productions
JWoww Productions

Yes, I did have a morbid curiosity in regards to ‘Jersey Shore Massacre,’ a new movie produced by Jennifer “JWoww” Farley who is best known for her participation in the MTV reality television series, ‘Jersey Shore.’ She is not best known for producing movies. When ‘Jersey Shore Massacre’ was released into theaters last week, it wasn’t playing anywhere near where I live – but, now, it’s available for all on VOD. So, on Thursday morning, I purchased 'Jersey Shore Massacre' and watched it in the comfort of my own home. While watching, I kept a running diary. Here’s how that all went:

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The Best Movie Augusts, Ranked

August Movies
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August. It’s the worst, right? It’s hot. Also, the movies are historically not great. The last few weeks, multiplexes have been filled with movies with titles like ‘Let’s Be Cops,’ ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ and ‘The Expendables 3.’ This weekend brings us ‘The November Man’ and ‘As Above, So Below.’ It’s not pretty.

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‘The Simpsons’ Marathon and Our Ongoing Pan-and-Scan Nightmare

Fox
Fox

'The Simpsons' marathon continues for its sixth straight day on FXX today amidst a growing chorus of complaints about the network’s decision to alter the format of every episode from the show’s first nineteen seasons. As detailed in Max O’Connell’s recent article on Indiewire, FXX has cropped and stretched pre-HD 'Simpsons' installments from their original 4:3 aspect ratio (the height and width of our old standard-definition TVs) to 16:9 (the dimensions of our new HD sets), apparently in order to make sure that no one suffers through old television episodes with black bars on the sides of the image.

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Thanos Thoughts: The Emmys

Marvel
Marvel

Hello, welcome back to Thanos Thoughts. I am Thanos.

The people of Earth like awarding themselves with trophies. The last two nights, I’ve watched trophy after trophy be handed out to lots of humans. One of these trophies kind of looked like me and the other one didn’t look anything like me. I was hoping someone would award me an Infinity Stone. lol.

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