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Opening This Week: January 11th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Tears of the Black Tiger,” Magnolia Pictures, 2007]

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

“Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story”

Courtesy of executive producer and director of “The Piano” Jane Campion comes this documentary, co-directed by Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim, about a Japanese couple’s search for their daughter 30 years after her abduction by North Korean spies.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Alpha Dog”

Justin Timberlake’s first foray into acting premiered at Sundance back in 2006. A whole year later, “Alpha Dog” finally gets released in the dumping grounds of early January. Controversy surrounded the battle between director Nick Cassavettes and studio heads over the tone of the film, and the film’s real life inspiration Jesse James Hollywood attempted to stop the release with claims it would interfere with his trial, but recent advertisements of the “SexyBack” star seem to suggest that the suits won.

Opens wide (official site).

“Ever Since the World Ended”

If Alfonso Cuar&#243n’s “Children of Men” is too Hollywood for you, head to the Pioneer Theater in New York City for this low-budget post-apocalyptic “social science fiction” film that documents what would happen if a plague wiped out the inhabitants of Earth, sans Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.

Opens in New York (official site).

“God Grew Tired of Us”

National Geographic is distributing this documentary, which tells the story of three Sudanese boys who travel to America after years of wandering around Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety, courtesy of director Christopher Dillon Quinn.

Opens in limited release (official site)


The latest from Indian director Mani Ratnam tells the story of the rise of the wealthy textile merchant Dhirubhai Ambani, who moved from a small village to the city of Bombay in this quite literal rags-to-riches story about making textile dreams come true. Hey, we don’t poke fun of your aspirations.

Opens in limited release (official site).


It may only be the second week of 2007, but we’re already sick of studio horror films. TV director Michael Katleman makes his feature debut with this gorey schlock about a news team that gets attacked by a South African warlord while searching for a 25-foot crocodile. Though the prospect of watching Orlando Jones get attacked by a giant reptile certainly entices us, we stopped caring a long time ago.

Opens wide (official site).

“Stomp the Yard”

This film does feature Meagan Good, who delighted us in the past year in the high school indie noir “Brick” and the Tyrese mediocrefest “Waist Deep.” Other than that, think “Drumline” but with step-dancing.

Opens wide (official site).

“Tears of the Black Tiger”

This neo-Spaghetti Thai Western, courtesy of director Wisit Sasanatieng, is getting a statewide release nearly seven years after it completed production. The story may be as familiar as a Sergio Leone flick, but the film’s bombastic style and flamboyant visuals already leave us excited. Looks like it’s time to Netflix some old Lee Von Cleef films this weekend…

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Verdict on Auschwitz: The Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial 1963-1964”

This film documents the first Auschwitz trial, which remains one of Germany’s most important legal cases of the 20th century as 22 Nazi conspirators were convicted of mass murder charges during World War II. The filmmakers use excerpts from over 430 hours of original audiotapes of the trial, including material in which some of the survivors of the concentration camps confront their perpetrators for the first time since the end of the war.

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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