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Opening This Week: January 19th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “The Hitcher,” Rogue Pictures, 2007]

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

“Alone with Her”

It can often seem like indie movies can be summed up as part of one of three categories: 1) the self-important road movie where everybody learns something, 2) the depressing story about a depressed person in a depressed town (sadness!), or 3) the supremely creepy low-budget thriller. Writer/director Eric Nicholas opts for door number three in this film about a young man who manipulates the beautiful young woman he’s spent months stalking into a love affair. Colin Hanks stars as the film’s resident voyeur and Mexican actress Ana Claudia Talancón plays his target.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Funny Money”

“Funny Money” may have been the biggest hit of last year’s Sarasota Film Festival, but to us the film reeks a little of 1986. Based on the popular Ray Cooney play of the same name, the film stars Chevy Chase as a wax fruit factory foreman who mistakenly winds up with a briefcase holding five million dollars and must try to convince his wife (Penelope Ann Miller) to hold on to the money. Where’s John Candy when you need him? Oh, right — dead.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“The Hitcher”

Sean Bean may be one of the great villainous character actors working today. Not to discredit his work elsewhere, but we don’t think there’s been a consistently great bad guy since Alan Rickman’s “Die Hard” days. Bean chases after 20-somethings Sophia Bush and Zachary Knighton in this remake of the 1986 horror film of the same title.

Opens wide (official site).

“The Italian”

This import from Russia tells the story of a five-year-old orphan’s journey to find his birth mother, leaving his comfortable Italian family for a treacherous unknown world. The film won the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix prize at the Berlin International Film Festival two years ago and is Russia’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles (official site).


Rialto Films offers up a reprint of Alberto Lattuada’s 1962 comedy about a happy-go-lucky Sicilian man who returns home for a holiday with his family and is asked to fulfill a favor for the local Don.

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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