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Ricky Gervais’ Buried “Cemetery” and Olga Kurylenko’s “Assassin” New on DVD

Ricky Gervais’ Buried “Cemetery” and Olga Kurylenko’s “Assassin” New on DVD (photo)

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A look at what’s new on DVD today:

“The Assassin Next Door” (2009)
Directed by Danny Lerner
Released by First Look Studios

Retitled since its premiere at last year’s Toronto Film Festival as “Kirot,” Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is the one handling the gun in this thriller about two women — an assassin and a grocery clerk — desperate to leave their lot in life who hatch a plan to improve their situation and decidedly won’t do the same for the men who stand in their way.

“Black Orpheus” (1959)
Directed by Marcel Camus
Released by Criterion Collection

Marcel Camus’ Palme d’Or-winning Brazilian-set retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurdice is reissued by Criterion Collection on Blu-ray and DVD with a completely new set of extras including the French documentary “Looking for ‘Black Orpheus'” about the film’s legacy and archival interviews with Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn.

“Burning Bright” (2009)
Directed by Carlos Brooks
Released by Lionsgate

Fresh from 2008’s Vera Farmiga/Nick Stahl drama “Quid Pro Quo,” Carlos Brooks directs this thriller starring “Sorority Row”‘s Briana Evigan as a girl who must protect her autistic brother from the tiger that’s been let loose in her house during a hurricane. If you’re to believe the positive reviews out of UK’s FrightFest 2010, the film is nowhere as stupid as it sounds.

“Ca$h” (2009)
Directed by Stephen Milburn Anderson
Released by Lionsgate

An early chance to feast your eyes upon future “Thor” Chris Hemsworth, here he stars with Victoria Profeta as a young married couple in Chicago who unwittingly stumble into just over half a million dollars. Yet as soon as they resolve to put the money to use, a British thug (Sean Bean) arrives in town to quickly put their spending spree to a halt.

08172010_CemeteryJunction.jpg“Cemetery Junction” (2010)
Directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Although Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s first feature together did play one theater in Southern California last week, it will unfortunately suffer the indignity of being released on DVD and Blu-ray this week without the benefit of a big theatrical run in the States. A sleekly shot, mostly by-the-numbers coming-of-age dramedy with supporting turns from Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode, “Junction” is not what you’d expect from the guys who brought you “Extras” and “The Office,” but that’s probably why it was met with indifference by distributors.

“City of Your Final Destination” (2008)
Directed by James Ivory
Released by Screen Media Films

Though Bilge Ebiri concluded there’s no real story to the latest Merchant Ivory production (and in fact, the final one involving producer Ismail Merchant, who passed away during its production), this adaptation of Peter Cameron’s novel stars Omar Metwally as an academic who travels to Uruguay to convince the family of a late novelist to let him write a biography. Anthony Hopkins, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Laura Linney co-star as the blood relatives of differing aims.

“Dark and Stormy Night” (2009) and “The Lost Skeleton Returns Again” (2009)
Directed by Larry Blamire
Released by Shout! Factory

Indie cult director Larry Blamire brings not one, but two schlocky sendups of ’50s science fiction and horror films with the sequel to his 2001 comedy “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra” and “Dark and Stormy Night,” which spoofs haunted house movies when a family gathers to hear the reading of their patriarch’s will and gets picked off one-by-one.

“The Good, the Bad and the Weird” (2008)
Directed by Ji-woon Kim
Released by IFC Films/MPI Media Group

Ji-woon Kim’s epic action comedy western pretty much covers all the bases with the adventure of three men — the bounty hunter Good, the hitman Bad, and the thief Weird — as they travel across Manchuria fighting off each other and enemies from Japan and China to get their hands on some treasure. (Read our review.)

“Hamlet” (1996)
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Released by Warner Bros.

Short of a movie palace, Kenneth Branagh’s grand four-hour, 70mm reinterpretation of the William Shakespeare classic will likely best be appreciated with this new Blu-ray of the film.

08172010_LenfanceNue.jpg“L’enfance Nue” (1968)
Directed by Maurice Pialat
Released by Criterion Collection

Joining his 1983 film “À nos amours” (spine #337) in the Criterion Collection, Maurice Pialat’s 1968 drama concerning the downward spiral of a 10-year-old foster child makes its American DVD debut, with extras including the short “L’amour existe,” a vintage interview with Pialat, a visual essay by Kent Jones and a making-of documentary.

“Skellig: The Owl Man” (2009)
Directed by Annabel Jankel
Released by Image Entertainment

Ordinarily, a British TV movie aimed at children like this adaptation of David Almond’s fantasy novel about a child’s discovery of a birdlike creature with mysterious healing powers in the garage of his new house might not grab our attention. But that’s without mentioning “Son of Rambow” star Bill Millner plays the child, Tim Roth plays the winged creature, and Kelly MacDonald co-stars as the kid’s mother.

“Spring Fever” (2009)
Directed by You Le
Released by Strand Releasing

Although Lou Ye’s drama is currently playing at the IFC Center in New York, it’s hitting video stores and Netflix today, something that might be considered amazing since Ye shot the film in secrecy after receiving a five-year ban from the Chinese Film Bureau in 2006 after taking the controversial “Summer Palace” to Cannes without their permission. In “Spring Fever,” he follows a private investigator hired by a jealous wife to spy on her husband, who is having an affair with another man, and gets in over his head.

[Additional photos: “Cemetery Junction,” Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2010; “L’enfance Nue,” Criterion Collection, 1983]

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…