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Once again…

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…we’ve barely got our heads above water. But while we bob around, do check out Anthony Kaufman’s jab at Roger Ebert’s overly kind reviews at Time Out Chicago. Kaufman, who also writes for indieWIRE and the Village Voice, among others, would be picking his second fight with a fellow critic of the year here (the first, and far more interesting, would be the Sundance "Jacket" scandale with the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Ruthe Stein). It’s no Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris, but these days we’ll take what we can get.

Ebert, Kaufman points out, is "downright promiscuous with the three-star rating, awarding it to almost a third of the movies he reviews." But, as Kaufman concedes, he does agonize over them, as he did, post-Cannes, over the three stars he gave "The Longest Yard." We often don’t agree with Ebert, but we’ve always felt that he rates films based on exactly what he thinks about them, even if it comes across as a little odd in the constraints of the four-star rating system (which at first glance appears to equate "The Longest Yard" with, say, "The Godfather II", to which he also gave three stars). He’s certainly more of a populist than many of the other critics we frequent, but then Anthony Lane at the New Yorker, as much as we enjoy his writing, sometimes comes across as incapable of enjoying films at all. They’re still both great reads.

We wish Ebert would drop that goofy star thing, though. The thumbs we’ll accept are probably here to stay.

+ Thumbstruck (Time Out Chicago)

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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

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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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