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The week’s critic wrangle: Er…what?

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Save "An Inconvenient Truth," a bit quiet this weekend on the film front. Oh, and there’s some comic book movie.

Ian Gamazon.+ "Cavite": Neill Dela Llana and Ian Gamazon‘s uberindie (see this interview with them for more, they’re pretty amazing) gets a tiny release in New York and LA and acclaim from all sides. At LA Weekly, some uncredited person (Ella Taylor? Scott Foundas?) writes that it’s "nearly as taut from a political standpoint as it is from a narrative one." Dennis Lim at the Village Voice observes that "Despite its indie ingenuity, ‘Cavite’ is a blockbuster at heart," but that it’s "such a shrewd melding of form and content that any seeming contradictions and shortcomings end up working to the film’s advantage," and he concludes that "it’s some kind of landmark in diaspora cinema." At the New York Times, Stephen Holden does complain that "’Cavite’ suffers mightily from the fact that Mr. Gamazon can’t act.," he also find that "this unblinking tour of Asian misery nevertheless offers an unsettling contemplation of life at the bottom of the human food chain."


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+ "La Moustache": Matt Singer, summing up the plot of Emmanuel Carrère‘s film, writes that "This sounds like a comedy, but Emmanuel Carrere’s film is deadly serious: it tackles issues like identity and sanity and moustachery. Therefore, it is the coolest movie ever made." And possibly the only one about to link an existential crisis to whether or not a man ever sported a ‘stache? Stephen Holden seems to like the film well enough (as is so often the case with his reviews, it’s tough to tell):

The film is likely to frustrate those who demand that a mystery be solved and wrapped up with tidy explanations. But its refusal to tie everything up in ribbons and bows is one of its strengths.

Michael Atkinson at the Village Voice (who points out this is a prime time for someone to coin a genre for what he sees as a series of "sweaty French capsule of domestic apocalypse") also likes the film, calling it "sharp and wounding" and concluding that "Carrére makes the transformation of a silly marital argument into a cosmic upheaval look easy, and profound as well."

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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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