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What to Watch on IFC: December 5 – December 11

What to Watch on IFC: December 5 – December 11 (photo)

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Well the holidays are upon us. It’s exhausting tracking down those partridges in pear trees, not to mention all those French hens, turtledoves and lords a leaping. Take a break and watch some quality entertainment.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


The first rule of hitchhiking is, Don’t Panic. The second rule is bring your own towel. Want to learn the ins and outs of intergalactic hitchhiking? Well, don’t panic, we’re showing Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” at 8 and 10:15 p.m. ET.


Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” starts at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.


Spike Lee’s World War II film “Miracle at St. Anna” begins in 1983 with Hector Negron, a veteran of that war, unexpectedly shooting a customer dead. Police discover that the suspect, a quiet postal worker, kept a statue head worth millions of dollars in his apartment. An eager young reporter (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) interviews Negron in his cell about the mysterious artifact. It starts at 11 p.m. ET.


Ted Demme’s “Beautiful Girls” stars a young Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman, Timothy Hutton, Lauren Holly, Martha Plimpton, Matt Dillon, and Michael Rapaport as a a diverse band of former classmates in town for a high-school class in reunion. It starts at 8 p.m. ET.


A group of close female friends on a yearly adventure vacation find themselves trapped and hunted in a series of caves by an unknown force that lurks in the shadows in “The Descent,” the second horror feature from Dog Soldiers writer/director Neil Marshall. “The Descent” starts at 10:30 p.m. ET.


Ben Kingsley stars in “Sexy Beast” as an unwelcome visitor determined to get a retired associate to join him on a job, unfortunately the man is unwilling to volunteer his services. What ensues is a battle of wills between the two men, with Don (Kingsley) intimidating, prodding, and manipulating his onetime friend to get what he wants, forever changing the lives of those around him in the process. It airs at 8 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. ET.


Robert Rodriguez + Quentin Tarantino + George Clooney + Salma Hayek = “From Dusk Till Dawn” at 8:45 p.m. ET. What else do you need to know?

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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.

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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