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Sundance: “An American Crime.”

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"I need to protect my children."
…is, like, an hour of child torture prefaced by a half-hour of sunny building dread and punctuated by flash-forwards to a courtroom to remind us, again and again, that the horrors depicted are based on actual events. Christ, what a slog. Catherine Keener plays Gertrude Baniszewski, a single mother supporting six kids in 1960s Indiana who takes on two more girls as borders to bring in some much needed extra income. She fixates on the elder, Sylvia (Ellen Page, of "Hard Candy"), declaring her a "bad influence" despite any evidence of the fact, and coming up with increasingly sadistic punishments that eventually lead to the girl being tied up in the basement, where the Baniszewski and neighborhood kids stop by to punch her, burn her with cigarettes and fail to come to her aid or alert anyone of her plight. Keener alternates between blowsy, maternal and terrifying — she does the best she can with the character, but Gertrude’s psychology remains a mystery. Is she crazy? Is she drugged up beyond comprehension? Is she just filled with, as the film sometimes implies, poverty-induced rage in search of an outlet? That "An American Crime" is based on a true story necessitates the question it refuses to answer: How did something like this happen? The title implies that the wrongs visited on Sylvia sprung from our national subconscious, uniquely shocking because they took place in a warm-toned, Baptist heartland town — but that darkness lurks in them there Midwestern states is no more a cinematic revelation than learning that it lurks in the suburbs, or amongst the ranks of the wealthy and bored, or in the hearts of men and women everywhere.

First Look will release "An American Crime" on August 17.

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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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