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Opening This Week: July 27th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: Romain Duris in “Molière,” Sony Pictures Classics, 2007]

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

“Arctic Tale”

Pretty much exactly like “March of the Penguins”, but with a polar bear and a walrus at the film’s center instead of our favorite tuxedoed birds. Director Sarah Robertson reportedly spent six years filming in the Arctic, which according to National Geographic will no longer exist by the year 2040. Queen Latifah takes over the narration duties (what, Morgan Freeman was busy?) while the film features music by the Shins, Cat Stevens, and more.

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

“The Camden 28”

Director Anthony Giacchino’s debut film documents the story of 28 antiwar activists who were arrested for conspiring to remove and destroy files from government agencies located in Camden, NJ. The film features archival footage and current interviews with FBI agents involved in the case.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Devil Came On Horseback”

Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg follow-up this year’s “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” with a documentary that exposes the genocide raging in Darfur through the eyes of a former U.S marine who returns home to make the story public. The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“I Know Who Killed Me”

Lindsay “Downward Spiral” Lohan’s first post-rehab film (but who can keep track?) finds her playing a girl physically and mentally altered after a brutal attack by an assailant in this thriller directed by “The Lost” director Chris Sivertson. The film promises to be as confusing as its trailer as LiLo plays dual personalities and strips… for some reason. Neal McDonough and Julia Ormond co-star as Lohan’s parents (or are they?).

Opens wide (official site).

“Molière”

“The Story of My Life” director Laurent Tirard helms this historical fiction about the “blank” period of French satirist Molière’s life when the recently imprisoned young playwright assumes the identity of a priest in order to help a wealthy man stage a play he wrote for his would-be mistress. Hotcha Gallic up-and-comer Romain Duris stars.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“No End in Sight”

Still angry after last month’s release of “Sicko”? Then get ready for the Charles Ferguson-directed Iraq War exposé “No End in Sight,” which examines the manners in which U.S. policy errors in Iraq created the insurgency and chaos that engulfs the nation today. The film won the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and features interviews with former White House officials, including Richard Armitage, Barbara Bodine and Colin Powell.

Opens in New York and Washington D.C. (official site).

“No Reservations”

While there’s no surprise that Hollywood would remake the excellent German film “Mostly Martha,” we’re hoping this Catherine Zeta-Jones vehicle will be able to match up to its source material. Mrs. Michael Douglas plays a neurotic, tightly wound chef whose life changes when she unexpectedly becomes the guardian of her young niece. The film sounds like it would’ve been stronger in the hands of Diane Keaton 20 years ago, but here’s hoping supporting cast members Abigail Breslin and Aaron Eckhart are the icing on the cake.

Opens wide (official site).

“The Simpsons Movie”

Hooray, it’s the film everybody was looking forward to about ten years ago. While recent seasons “The Simpsons” haven’t equaled what the show used to be, we still can’t hide our excitement over this much talked about film, courtesy of show creator Matt Groening. While we’re glad to hear many former writers from “The Simpsons”‘ golden years returned for this film (no Conan?), there’s still little news about its mysterious plot (Terrorists? Global warming? Green Day?).

Opens wide (official site).

“This Is England”

Indie director Shane Meadows, previously known for “Dead Man’s Shoes” and “Once Upon a Time in the Midlands,” delivers another film about a troubled time in English history in this semi-autobiographical tale about the director’s own experiences in a skinhead gang. The film made a splash at film festivals last year following its premiere at Toronto. Plus, the film offers music from Toots and The Maytals, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Specials. Best soundtrack of the year, perhaps?

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…