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What becomes of the fa-int hearted?

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Shauna Macdonald as SarahOn the heels of Geoffrey Macnab’s piece in the Guardian last week heralding that "British horror is making a comeback" (apparently, the Cannes market was flooded with low-budget Brit horror flicks), the big buzz film the article was pegged to is getting good-to-great reviews in all the UK papers. Director Neil Marshall has described "The Descent," as "‘Deliverance’ goes underground" — the film follows a group of six women who go caving in the Appalachians, only to get trapped by a cave-in and find themselves continuing lower and lower as they search for a new pathway out. The claustrophobe in us is already feeling lightheaded from this premise, so the apparent later appearance of eyeless humanoid monsters might be a touch superfluous, but is also, by all accounts, equally frightening.

Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian: It’s got its silly moments, and there are sometimes more plot-holes than pot-holes, but writer-director Neil Marshall carries it off with a punky flair and keeps the yeecch factor cranked up high.

Nicholas Barber in the Independent (which seems to be free again): [W]hy aren’t there more horror movies set in underground cave systems?

Tim Robey in the Telegraph: [F]orget the backstory. Forget the barely functional script. This is an exercise in claustrophobia and primal dread, and, when heroine Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) finds herself wedged into a tunnel barely wider than she is, Marshall goes close in with the camera and has his audience squirming exactly where he wants them.

Mark Kermode in the Observer: [O]ne of the best British horror films of recent years.

James Christopher in the London Times: It’s embarrassing to admit this, but I spent half the film with a finger in my left ear and a hand in front of my eyes.

No US distro yet, but cheap, gory horror flicks never have a problem with that.

+ Fright club (Guardian)
+ The Descent (Guardian)
+ The Descent (Independent)
+ Not for the faint-hearted (Telegraph)
+ What lies beneath (Observer)
+ The Descent (Times of London)

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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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