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Opening This Week: May 4th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: Julie Christie in “Away From Her,” Lionsgate, 2007]

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

“Away From Her”

Indie darling Sarah Polley acquires an outstanding veteran cast for her feature film debut (her previous shorts included “All I Want for Christmas” and “I Shout Love”). This drama focuses on a longtime married couple’s separation when Fiona (Oscar-winner Julie Christie) is admitted to a nursing home with accelerating Alzheimer’s. The film made its debut at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles (official site).

“Civic Duty”

“Six Feet Under”‘s Peter Krause stars in this low-budget thriller about a paranoid accountant who becomes obsessed with the idea that the Muslim graduate student next door is involved in terrorist activities. “One Point O”‘s Jeff Renfroe directs this indie about our post-9/11 pysche, which, as predictable as the plot may sound, has garnered strong early reviews.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Flying Scotsman”

“Trainspotting”‘s Johnnie Lee Miller stars in this true life-inspired story of a Scottish cyclist who broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own design constructed from scrap metal and spare washing machine parts. The film comes courtesy of long-time British television director Douglas Mackinnon.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Other Conquest”

Eight years ago, Mexican director Salvador Carrasco’s debut film secured a Los Angeles release after playing at various film festivals. Now this acclaimed period film about the decimation of the Aztec empire at the hands of Hernán Cortés and the Spanish Armada is getting a rare second chance in theaters. This little-seen film has been compared to both “Schindler’s List” and “Braveheart.”

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Paris, Je T’aime”

It’s been a long time since we’ve come across a themed short film anthology, so we’re glad to see a wide assembly of directors, from the Coen brothers to Alfonso Cuarón to Gus Van Sant and more, showcase the diversity of the famous French city. Rumor also has it that producer Emmanuel Benbihy will do a similar anthology film centered on our favorite city, the Big Apple. Seriously, we’re excited.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles (official site).

“The Treatment”

Director Oren Rudavsky’s romantic comedy, based on a novel by Daniel Menaker, tells the story of a neurotic prep school English teacher (the always a supporting actor, never a lead Chris Eigeman) whose relationship with a gorgeous widow (Famke Janssen) is put to the test due to his shrink’s (Ian Holm) Freudian mind games. The film won the Best New York Award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Waitress”

The unfortunate and senseless murder of indie film actress Adrienne Shelly, known most prominently for her work with Hal Hartley, remained one of the most tragic deaths to strike the film industry in 2006. Fortunately, friends and colleagues of Ms. Shelly worked to piece together her final directorial feature in time for this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film stars “Felicity”‘s Keri Russell as an unhappily pregnant married waitress who falls for a newcomer (Captain Mal himself, Nathan Fillion) to her small town.

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…