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Opening This Week: September 7th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “3:10 to Yuma,” Lionsgate, 2007]

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

“The Brothers Solomon”

Will Arnett of “Arrested Development” fame stars in his second Bob Odenkirk comedy after last year’s dismal “Let’s Go to Prison,” this time playing one of two socially inept home-schooled brothers who attempt to sire a child for their dying father. The film was written by former “SNL”-er and other Solomon sibling Will Forte.

Opens wide (official site).

“The Bubble”

Israel’s most promising young director, Eytan Fox, delivers another exposé on sexuality and the political climate, following a group of friends whose lives are affected by the gay romance of an Israeli and a Palestinian man. The film and its title both serve as a love letter to the city of Tel Aviv, where the film is set.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Fierce People”

Filmed over three and a half years ago, this Griffin Dunne comedy sounds a bit like “Mean Girls” meets “Running with Scissors” meets every other independent coming-of-age movie from the last five years. The teenage son (Anton Yelchin in his pre-“Huff” days) of an anthropologist moves with his drug-dependent mother (Diane Lane) to the estate of an aging billionaire (Donald Sutherland). Dunne’s comedy has been making the film festival circuit the past few years, having premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).


Completely unrelated to the children’s novel by Gary Paulson we all grew up reading in elementary school, this horror film comes courtesy of newcomer Adam Green, whose attempts to restore the traditions of ye olde horror films of the ’70s will hopefully allow us to forget all of the “Saw”‘s and “Hostel”‘s of the world. Jason Voorhees himself, Kane Hodder, stars as an ax-wielding psychopath who preys on a group of tourists in the New Orleans swamps.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Hunting Party”

Richard Gere and Terrence Howard star in this new comedic thriller courtesy of “The Matador” director Richard Shepard, about a three-person news team who embark on an unauthorized mission to find the number one war criminal in Bosnia for an interview, but who instead find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a CIA hit squad. The film premiered earlier this month at the Venice Film Festival.

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

“I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With”

Yeah, so we totally love the title, the supporting cast, and pretty much anything Jeff Garlin is in. Garlin writes, directs and stars in this unconventional romantic comedy (is there any other kind?) about an overweight comedian who’s unable to hold on to a girlfriend, including his new chubby chasing female companion (Sarah Silverman). The film premiered at Tribeca last year.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“In the Shadow of the Moon”

This new documentary from filmmaker David Sington chronicles the events of the NASA Apollo missions as the surviving crew members recount their stories of moon landings. While astronaut Neil Armstrong declined an interview and remained as elusive as J.D. Salinger, the film features archival footage of space never before released.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Romance & Cigarettes”

John Turturro’s much storied directorial feature finally finds a release after a heated battle between the director and the distributor, Sony Pictures Entertainment. While Sony may have balked at the film’s peculiar use of popular music to tell the tale of a construction worker’s adulterous affair with a lingerie boutique owner, we can’t help but feel giddy at the prospect of hearing James Gandolfini and Susan Sarandon belt out “The Girl That I Marry” from “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Opens in New York (official site).

“Shoot ‘Em Up”

Before we settle in with all of the heavy-handed “serious” films of the fall season, we can’t help but get excited about “Monster Man” director Michael Davis’s latest action film, in which a British nanny with an extensive military background (Clive Owen, looking like the James Bond he almost was) helps a woman (Monica Bellucci) protect an infant from a ruthless hitman (Paul Giamatti). The film, unsurprisingly, received an overwhelmingly positive reception at this year’s Comic-Con.

Opens wide (official site).

“3:10 to Yuma”

“Walk the Line” director James Mangold remakes the classic Glenn Ford western in which a captured outlaw (a mean Russell Crowe in a return to form) attempts to psych out a small-time rancher (Christian Bale) before his transport to Yuma prison. Standard action flick or good ol’ cat-and-mouse thriller? We could care less, we’re just excited to finally see award season started with.

Opens wide (official site).

“The Unknown Soldier”

German director Michael Verhoeven’s documentary charts the history of the Wehrmacht Exhibition between 1999 and 2004, which challenged the preconceived notions that Nazi war crimes during World War II were committed by a minority of officers by showcasing photographs and footage of ordinary soldiers gleefully tormenting and executing civilians on the Eastern front.

Opens in New York (official site).


Final Countdown

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


Rev Up

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.


Give Back

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…