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New DVD and Blu-ray Releases — October 2014

Warner Bros./20th Century Fox/The Weinstein Company
Warner Bros./20th Century Fox/The Weinstein Company

Fall is in the air, and while there are plenty of great new movies to head out and see in the theater, there are also lots of films for you to take home and enjoy from the comfort of your own couch -- like a few of those summer favorites you loved and want to watch again (and again). Get your wallets ready and read on for our guide to the newest movie releases hitting DVD and Blu-ray in October 2014.

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Reel Women: The Women Were Fierce at Fantastic Fest 2014

Reel Women Fantastic Fest

The Fantastic Fest film festival in Austin provides us with tons of genre films every year, and as such, we’re often treated to some grim and violent narratives -- narratives which can typically include violence perpetrated against women and can sometimes skew a bit on the masculine side of things. But this year’s festival was wonderfully diverse and filled with some incredibly fierce female-oriented features, ranging from smart and terrifying horror to darkly comedic and biting family dramas, and a seriously brilliant satire on gender politics.

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In Honor of ‘Inherent Vice,’ the Best Thomas Pynchon Character Names, Ranked

Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon characters
Warner Bros.

In an effort to speed along the effort, we've taken it upon ourselves to list our eighteen favorite character names from Pynchon works. Why eighteen? Well, that's a hidden reference to a conspiracy that you need to argue about on message boards for years. Note: with the acres of episodic text that has poured from Pynchon's fingers, this is really just a drop in the bucket. We fully expect angry letters handwritten on graph paper to arrive via Thurn-und-Taxis post.

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Filed Under: Category: Lists, Movie News, Original Features

Trophy Talk: Why Having 10 Best Picture Nominees Has Been a Failure

Getty
Getty

People love watching famous people accept trophies. So, every so often, The Huffington Post’s Chris Rosen and ScreenCrush’s Mike Ryan will speculate about these trophies and which famous person might win one. It will be fun. Let’s talk some trophies! Today, we talk about why a movie like 'Guardians of the Galaxy' can't be nominated for Best Picture.

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New Netflix Instant Releases — October 2014

Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company/FX
Lionsgate/The Weinstein Company/FX

It's that time again: if you're a Netflix Instant subscriber, there's lots of new titles hitting the streaming service in October. We've got the original 'Annie' just in time for the new remake, the complete 'Gilmore Girls' series (it's about time!), 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' tons of classic films and new favorites, and a handful of TV shows to binge-watch. Read on for our guide to all the Netflix Instant releases in October 2014!

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Think You Know ‘Spider-Man’? Watch This Video of Webslinger Movie Facts

Spider-Man You Think You Know Movies

There've been so many 'Spider-Man' movies, from Sam Raimi's Tobey Maguire-led trilogy to the rebooted run with Andrew Garfield, and the cinematic universe is about to expand even more with spinoffs for 'The Sinister Six,' 'Venom' and a female-led character. With such a wide breadth of movie magic, how well do you think you know our favorite webslinger? Test your knowledge with the latest installment of 'You Think You Know Movies?'

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10 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the 2014 New York Film Festival

New York Film Festival 2014
20th Century Fox/Fox Searchlight/Sony Pictures Classics

The 52nd annual New York Film Festival begins this week and there is a plethora of movies to see, spanning from September 26 through October 12. It’s hard to just pick ten movies! But, we did our best to restrain ourselves here as senior editor Mike Ryan (that’s me) and associate editor Nick Romano each pick five movies to be on the look out for over the next two and a half weeks.

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Filed Under: Category: Movie News, Original Features

‘The Boxtrolls’ and Laika: The Bad Boys of Studio Animation

Focus
Focus

There’s a particular scene in ‘The Boxtrolls’ that truly exemplifies the bravado of Laika – an almost “I don’t give a f---” attitude toward focus groups and the societal norms of what an animated films should be. The problem is, this scene can’t be described in its full detail because it would be considered a spoiler. Let’s just say that, instead of redemption – a theme we see quite often in animated films – a character explodes. He literally explodes off this mortal coil with no chance of any kind of redemption ever again … or breathing, for that matter.

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Comic Strip: ‘Deadpool’ Gets a Movie, ‘Gotham’ Premieres, and Aquaman in ‘Man of Steel’?

Comic Strip Deadpool Gotham Aquaman
20th Century Fox/FOX/HBO

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, 'Suicide Squad' is targeted for a cinematic adaptation, 'Deadpool' finally gets the green light, and every DC show reveals something new.

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 2: Everything We Know, Expect and Hope

Marvel Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Expectations Preview Cameos
Marvel / ABC

Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' will return from the "Shadows" for a second season tonight, the first of which to not have a major Marvel movie hanging over its head, absorbing plot from its small-screen brethren. The 'Avengers'-adjacent drama came with some lofty expectations in its inaugural season, but with lessons learned, we took a comprehensive look at the pitfalls, the possibilities, the perils and the promise of Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 2.

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