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Opening This Week: October 20th, 2006

Opening This Week: October 20th, 2006 (photo)

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A round-up of the indie and indie-ish films opening in theaters this week.

“51 Birch Street”

Doug Block’s acclaimed documentary is about as personal as a film can get — it looks into his parents’ marriage when, after the death of his mother, his 83-year old father announces he’s moving to Florida to live with his secretary from 40 years before.

Opens in New York (official site).


After premiering at Tribeca last year and winning the John Cassavetes prize at the Independent Spirit Awards this year, “Conventioneers” finally gets its moment in the theaters. The film blends doc and narrative, telling the story of a romance between a Republican and a Democrat that was filmed during the tempestuous 2004 Republican National Convention in New York.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Flags of Our Fathers”

We love the smell of Oscars in the morning! Clint Eastwood’s re-enactment of the Battle of Iwo Jima is written by no less than the man who wrote and directed last year’s Best Picture winner “Crash”: Paul Haggis. Plus, who doesn’t love World War II? So straightforward!

Opens wide (official site).

“Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple”

Stanley Nelson’s doc promises never-before-seen footage from the Guyana-based Peoples Temple led by preacher Jim Jones, who led his hundreds of followers to mass suicide in 1978. Kool-Aid was never the same.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Marie Antoinette” [pictured]

The joys of decadent Versailles life are set to an 80s New Wave soundtrack in Sofia Coppola’s unconventional biopic, which premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews and a few reported boos (some critics found it a little fluffy). Kirsten Dunst stars as the titular queen and “let them eat cake” line denier.

Opens wide (official site).


This German film is based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, who in 1976 died following an exorcism. Michel’s life also inspired last year’s religiousy horror flick “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” — this promises to be in better taste.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Running With Scissors”

The dysfunctional family dramedy is pretty much its own genre these days — the latest title to add to the pile is this adaptation of Augusten Burroughs’ best-selling memoir, which has an amazing cast that includes Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Alec Baldwin.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Sleeping Dogs Lie”

If you’ve even seen comedian Bobcat Goldthwait’s indescribable directorial debut “Shakes the Clown,” then you have some idea of what to expect (and we’ll see you at the theater!). Supposedly the sweetest movie centered on an act of bestiality ever, “Sleeping Dogs Lie” premiered with the title “Stay” at Sundance this year.

Opens in limited release (official site).

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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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