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The week’s critic wrangle: We didn’t even like you BEFORE you sold out edition.

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There are plenty of probably worthwhile indies bouncing around the theaters this week: "Wordplay," "Lower City," "Loverboy"…feh. We’re weary and just not up to an array of tasteful or tastefully erotic indies. So here are some thrown-together quotes regarding the two films opening this weekend that, as our colleague Matt Singer points out, are both the work of young directors who made splashy indie debuts and followed them up by leaping immediately into the Hollywood big kids pool, giving everyone a chance to rag on how they weren’t that great to begin with.

Jack Black.
+ "Nacho Libre": LA Weekly‘s Scott Foundas: "Like the abominable ‘Napoleon Dynamite,’ director Jared Hess’ second feature will doubtless capture the hearts and minds of 12-year-old boys everywhere, even if ‘Nacho Libre’ sacrifices the earlier film’s aggressive mean-spiritedness in favor of gentle slapstick lunacy."

Village Voice‘s Robert Wilonsky: "There is no movie more overrated in recent history than ‘Napoleon Dynamite’; it’s to cinema what the Doors are to rock and roll, a thing blindly and inexplicably championed as if it were a religion above being blasphemed by nonbelievers. And every time someone tries to explain its appeal—the deadpan comedy that plays like Bergman drama, the geek love that smells like self-loathing, the catchphrases that drop like rat pellets— it just slips a little further from my grasp."

Roger Ebert: "I have so often been assured that I missed the boat on ‘Napoleon’ that I plan to go back and have another look at it; but now here is ‘Nacho Libre,’ which has the same incomplete and fitful comic timing I thought I found in the earlier film."

Slate‘s Dana Stevens: "Personally, I never got ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’ Hess’ tribute to anomic misfits in an Idaho high school seemed like a Wes Anderson movie without the elegant wit or a Todd Solondz movie without the grim humor."

New York TimesManohla Dargis: "’Nacho Libre’ marks a nice step forward for Jared Hess, who has started to shake some of the tics — the obsessively symmetrical setups, the menagerie of user-friendly geeks — that gave ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ the flavor of an American Gothic pastiche, David Byrne’s ‘True Stories’ as recycled for the Sundance generation."


Lucas Black.
+ "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift": New York TimesNathan Lee (Stupid newspaper! Be more funny!): "The director, Justin Lin, proves that his overrated indie debut ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ was a Hollywood calling card, while the writer, Chris Morgan, delivers none of the B-movie kicks that made ‘Cellular’ such a gas. The rapper Bow Wow co-stars with product placements by Nissan."

Roger Ebert: "Lin, still only 33, made an immediate impression with his 2002 Sundance hit ‘Better Luck Tomorrow,’ a satiric and coldly intelligent movie about rich Asian-American kids…That movie suggested Lin had the resources to be a great director, but since then he’s chosen mainstream commercial projects. Maybe he wants to establish himself before returning to more personal work. His ‘Annapolis’ was a sometimes incomprehensible series of off-the-shelf situations (why, during the war in Iraq, make a military academy movie about boxing?)."

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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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