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Opening This Week: February 2nd, 2007

Opening This Week: February 2nd, 2007 (photo)

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A round-up of the best (or worst) $10 you’ll spend this week.


Writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman gathers a talented cast of up-and-comers and whatever-happened-tos, including Gabrielle Union in the former category and Rae Dawn Chong in the latter, for this soapy tale of 40-year-old biracial love affair and its effects on a Southern family.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“East of Havana”

Emilia Menocal and Jauretsi Saizabitoria’s doc peers into the world of Cuban hip-hop.

Opens in New York (official site).

“In The Pit”

Juan Carlos Rulfo directed this doc about construction workers building Mexico City’s Periferico highway — no, come back! According to the critics who’ve seen it, the film is supposed to be remarkable.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Puccini for Beginners”

Maria Maggenti, who over ten years ago wrote and directed landmark lesbian indie “The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love,” returns with a considerably more upscale romance centered on a love triangle between Justin Kirk, Gretchen Mol and Julianne Nicholson.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Raising Flagg”

This self-designated “zany” comedy-drama stars Alan Arkin as a handyman named, yes, Flagg.

Opens in Palm Desert (official site).

“The Situation”

Claiming to be the first US film to deal with our country’s occupation of Iraq, “The Situation” stars Connie Nielsen as a journalist writing about the assassination of an Iraqi leader. Damian Lewis plays the intelligence official she’s dating.

Opens in New York (official site).

“An Unreasonable Man”

This doc, which premiered at Sundance last year, offers at not-unsympathetic portrait of four-time presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

Opens in New York (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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