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Opening This Week: August 10th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: Louis Garrel and Romain Duris in “Dans Paris,” IFC Films, 2007]

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

“2 Days in Paris”

Julie Delpy’s directorial follow-up to 2002’s “Looking for Jimmy” finds Delpy and Adam Goldberg playing a New York couple vacationing in Europe and trying to reignite the passion in their relationship. As non-English speaking French parents, flirtatious ex-boyfriends and constant insecurities test their relationship, the couple must find out if they are able to salvage what they have left. Kudos to Delpy for getting Goldberg to play her neurotic New York boyfriend — we couldn’t think of anyone better.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Crossing the Line”

This British documentary, directed by Daniel Gordon, follows James Dresnok, a US Army defector currently living in North Korean after having defected to in 1962.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Cut Sleeve Boys”

Director Ray Yeung directs this import about an aging British Chinese gay man who undergoes a midlife crisis and decides to begin life as a drag queen.

Opens in Los Angeles (official site).

“Daddy Day Camp”

We think it’s safe to say that Cuba Gooding Jr. can’t sink any lower. In this unnecessary sequel to the 2003 comedy “Daddy Day Care,” the former Oscar winner takes over for Eddie Murphy as a father who expands his day care business into a camp for kids. And why exactly is Kevin Arnold from “The Wonder Years” directing this?

Opens wide (official site).

“Dans Paris”

While director Christophe Honoré’s 2004 “Ma Mère” may have received a less-than-favorable reception from critics, reviews for his latest film claim the director presents an honest and well-studied take on depression. “The Beat That My Heart Skipped”‘s Romain Duris stars as a depressed man devastated by the erosion of his relationship who must move in with his divorced father and younger brother in order to overcome the pain. The film premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Descent”

Rosario Dawson plays a promising college student whose life devolves after she’s raped by a fellow classmate. Director Talia Lugacy makes her feature film debut.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Rocket Science”

The film’s trailer reminds us a bit of Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore,” though Reece Thompson’s Hal Hefner seems a lot less confident than Max Fischer as a high school student with a stuttering problem who joins his school debate team to try to win the heart of the girl of his dreams. The film is the first narrative feature from Oscar-nominated director Jeffrey Blitz, who previously directed the documentary “Spellbound.”

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

“Rush Hour 3”

Yeah, we’re just as put off as you are by the thought of sitting through a third “Rush Hour” movie, yet alone another Brett Ratner film. This time, fast-talking detective (and $20 million dollar man) Chris Tucker must once again team up with Hong Kong cop Jackie Chan to face off against Chinese gangsters in Paris. Roman Polanski makes a cameo as a French policeman.

Opens wide (official site).

“Skinwalkers”

Pushed back from earlier this summer, this supernatural thriller finds a 13-year-old boy targeted by two werewolf packs caught amidst a brutal civil war — the only one able to protect him is the boy’s mother. “Jason X” director (and David Cronenberg enthusiast) James Isaac directs.

Opens wide (official site).

“Stardust”

Cult graphic novelist Neil Gaiman’s previous cinematic adaptations been less than successful (2005’s snoozer “Mirrormask,” anyone?). While we’re willing to give his latest a shot, we have no idea what the hell the movie is about: something with a young man living in a countryside town making a promise to his beloved that he’ll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm on the outskirts of town. The film has an all-star cast, with Robert De Niro, Peter O’Toole, Ricky Gervais, Claire Danes and an evil Michelle Pfeiffer. “Layer Cake” director Matthew Vaughn opted out of the third “X-Men” film so that he could film “Stardust,” so that’s something.

Opens wide (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…