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Female Directors Make Their Stand at TIFF 2014

TIFF 2014 Female Directors
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The women filmmakers of TIFF are not confined to certain sections, and the result is a film schedule that boasts a bevy of names that film fans should be on the lookout for, from the recognizable to the brand-new. Are women taking over TIFF? Not yet, but here a few features that prove that maybe they should.

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Comic Strip: The Rock Says ‘Shazam,’ The Vision Revealed, and a New Ra’s Al Ghul on ‘Arrow

Comic Strip Sept 8, 2014
Marvel/DC Comics/Warner Bros.

ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Dwayne Johnson makes 'Shazam' official, Paul Bettany's Vision is revealed, and Stan Lee's original 'Guardians of the Galaxy' cameo is dissected.

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Monday Morning Critic: A Look Back at the Week That Was

Monday Morning Critic
AMC/Showtime/FX

I always thought that was a fascinating way to discuss the broad topic of baseball: Rather than write about one thing, Gammons wrote about all things, and the format allowed him to shift things around on a weekly basis as the season itself changed. It seems like a fine approach to appropriate here with this, the inaugural edition of the Monday Morning Critic. I’ve long wanted to adopt Gammons’ approach and turn it towards television. One could argue the lifecycle of certain discussion points is more and more finite as the sheer amount of good TV increases and insta-analysis of Twitter renders episodes moot a mere hour after initial airing. But I’m hoping that’s not the case, and that we can all meet here each Monday to look back at the week that was.

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Bill Murray and Robert Downey Jr. at TIFF with ‘St. Vincent’ and ‘The Judge’

Weinstein Company/Warner Bros.
Weinstein Company/Warner Bros.

It’s a weird thing to openly root for a movie that you find yourself not enjoying. This is how I felt while watching Bill Murray in ‘St. Vincent’ on the second day of the Toronto International Film Festival. I can’t be the only one who does this, right? It’s a situation in which you deeply admire the actors in a movie – in this case, Murray and Melissa McCarthy – and for the first, say, 45 minutes, you’re trying to convince yourself what you’re watching is “good.”

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Who Will Be the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′ Villain?

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 logo
Marvel

These are a few of the potential villains who could rear their ugly heads in 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2.' Some feel like sure things, others are longshots and some may be prove impossible for legal reasons, but each of them would give Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Groot enough conflict to sustain a two hour movie.

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With The Rock Cast as the Villain, Who Should Star as Shazam in the Upcoming Movie?

Shazam Channing Tatum
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Today, after literally years of teasing fans in interviews and on social media, Dwayne Johnson revealed that he'll be playing Black Adam in Warner Bros.' upcoming 'Shazam' movie. This is interesting news for a variety of r

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‘Big Hero 6′: Can the Disney Legacy Make This Marvel Superhero Story Stand Out?

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There was a post-”princess movie” moment where Disney chased the “boy demographic.” It didnt' work out so well; Films like 'Atlantis' and 'Treasure Planet' came and went. Under the current Disney brand, 'Big Hero 6' isn't as aggressively alternative — not with Marvel as an in-house entity — but but the competition raises questions of what the Mouse House can bring to the table. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was basically a cartoon. Guardians of the Galaxy's five-character team had two fully CG characters. The Transformers moves are basically the pixel equivalent of a Stan Brakhage film. And now there's 'Big Hero 6,' a fully animated feature competing with live-action bombast. How will it stand out from the crowd? The Walt Disney legacy, and the idiosyncratic creative process that comes with it.

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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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