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Opening This Week: April 20th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

A round-up of the best (or worst) $10 you’ll spend this week.

[Photo: Daniel Auteuil and Alice Taglioni in “The Valet,” Sony Pictures Classics, 2007]

“Fracture”

Anthony Hopkins gets all serial killer-y on us once again in this thriller featuring Academy Award-nominee Ryan Gosling (the male Clarice Starling?) as a young district attorney out to get Hopkins for the attempted murder of his wife, whilst David Straithairn hams it up for a big paycheck. We’re hoping director Gregory Hoblit is in full-on thriller mode (“Primal Fear”) rather than courtroom drama mode (“Hart’s War”), but judging from the previews, we won’t be holding our breath.

Opens wide (official site).

“Hot Fuzz”

British comic geniuses Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright follow up their brilliant 2004 horror-comedy “Shaun of the Dead” with a film that spoofs action and cop clichés. Pegg stars as a hot London cop with the highest arrest record on the force who’s sent to a sleepy village in the country and paired with a bumbling action-craving loser (Frost). Much like “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” finds Pegg and co. assembling a stellar British cast that ranges from Jim Broadbent to Paddy Considine. Expect some serious funny with this one.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“In the Land of Women”

Now that “The O.C.” has finished its four-season run on the FOX network, 27-year-old teen heartthrob Adam Brody can move on to a slew of more ambitious emo roles. Brody’s first post-“The O.C.” work finds him moving from L.A. to Michigan to live with his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis), shack up with young Kristen Stewart and learn all sorts of life lessons from the single mom next-door-neighbor (Meg Ryan). We’re expecting a Fray song somewhere in the film’s third act.

Opens wide (official site).

“Stephanie Daley”

Writer-director Hilary Brougher (“The Sticky Fingers of Time”) premiered this film, in which a 16-year-old girl (Amber Tamblyn, nominated for a Spirit Award for the performance) is accused of concealing her pregnancy and murdering her infant, at last year’s Sundance. Tilda Swinton co-stars as the forensic psychologist assigned to her case. We’re glad to see this film get a limited release, regardless of its vaguely Lifetime movie premise.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Syndromes and a Century”

Thai wunderkind Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest film is loosely based on the story of his parents’ courtship. The film was commissioned as a part of the New Crowned Hope festival hosted in Vienna to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang (Rock Me!) Amadeus Mozart and premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“The Tripper”

A Reagan-obsessed serial killer (boo!) murders a bunch of hippies (yay!) at a music festival in this low-budget horror film courtesy of “Scream” star David Arquette. The film was originally featured as a part of the After Dark Horrorfest last November and recently has been gaining attention as a result of MySpace and Arquette’s college touring. Fratboys getting stoned on 4.20 (the film’s release date, get it!?) are totally stoked.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Vacancy”

Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson star as a married couple locked in a motel room trying to evade killers who want them to star in a low-budget snuff film. Hopefully Hungarian director Nimrod Antal can keep up the suspenseful tone he maintained in his last film, “Kontroll,” before the film becomes another “Scissors.”

Opens wide (official site).

“The Valet”

In order to save his reputation, his marriage and his affair, a big business CEO sets up his mistress with a valet after the three are caught in a photograph by a paparazzo’s camera in Francis Veber’s latest comedy. Much like 2001’s “The Closet,” this film features Veber finding comedy through the characters’ secret relationships and their attempts to keep them hidden. Gad Elmaleh, Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil and Kristin Scott Thomas co-star.

Opens in limited release (official site).

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…