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What’s Up In January

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Sacco and Vanzetti,” Willow Pond Films, screening as part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival]

Recent Acquisitions: Universal Pictures

Jan 1—31

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City presents this contemporary retrospective of films produced by Universal Pictures. Some highlights include the Hugh Grant comedy “About a Boy,” the Matt Damon thriller “The Bourne Identity” and Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight”

Overlooked and Unverrated

Jan 4—Feb 8

The Egyptian Theater in Santa Monica, California presents this retrospective on the films of the past that either failed at the box office or received negative critical reception during their initial release. From classical Hollywood to foreign films, film noirs to westerns, nearly all of the titles in this series are not yet available on DVD. This is a rare chance to see some classic Michael Powell films, so be sure to check out this month-long series.

An Artist and a Gambler: Robert Altman Remembered

Jan 5—23

In honor of the late, great director, this month-long retrospective at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village showcases Altman’s work, from his Oscar-nominated films “Nashville” and “Gosford Park” to underrated gems “Thieves Like Us” and “California Split.”

8th Annual New York Film Critics Series: Great Documentaries

Jan 6—Feb 11

This yearly series presents a select group of films presented by the New York Film Critics Circle. This year’s selections include great documentaries from the past 70 years, including Terry Zwigoff’s “Crumb,” Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills” and the influential Dziga Vertov silent “The Man with a Movie Camera.”

2007 New York Jewish Film Festival

Jan 10—25

This annual film festival enters its 16th year as it showcases films about the worldwide Jewish experience. Takes place at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City.

Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World in Person

Jan 12

Director Mary Lance will be on hand for a question and answer session following a screening of this documentary about the reclusive female artist Agnes Martin, filmed alone in her New Mexico studio as she reminisces about the New York City art scene of the 1950s.

Helen Mirren in Person

Jan 12—13

British actress Helen Mirren made history this past year with three separate Golden Globe nominations and stands as the forerunner for the Best Actress Oscar for her work in “The Queen.” Mirren will be available for both days at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and will take part in discussions following screenings of some of her earliest works, including Michael Powell’s “Age of Consent,” Pat O’Connor’s “Cal” and the Terry George film “Some Mother’s Son.”

2007 Golden Globe Awards

Jan 15

The Diet Pepsi of award shows hits the Beverly Hills Hilton this year, honoring the year’s best in film and television. Warren Beatty receives this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for all of his pre-“Town & Country” work. The Golden Globes will be broadcast live on NBC.

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

Jan 17—22

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston presents this film festival that screens socially-conscious documentaries; highlights for this year include Peter Miller’s “Sacco and Vanzetti,” about the infamous Red Scare case of the 1920s and Gaston Biraben’s “Captive,” about the 1976 military coup in Argentina.

Slamdance Film Festival

Jan 18—27

The festival that is commonly referred to as “by filmmakers for filmmakers” begins alongside the ever-popular-but-declining-in-credibility Sundance Film Festival. This year’s festival made headlines following the removal of the video game “Super Columbine Massacre RPG!” from the program, the first game or film ever to be removed from the festival.

Sundance Film Festival

Jan 18—27

The most influential American independent film festival is back at Park City, UT. This year’s festival includes new films from favorites David Gordon Green, Justin Lin and Hal Hartley, and will also feature new directorial features from actors such as Steve Buscemi, Sarah Polley and Justin Theroux. We’re hoping this year’s festival will return to a focus on the films instead of the celebrity culture its recently been known for because…well…we really don’t want to see Paris Hilton there again.

In a Lonely Place: Akira Kurosawa Retrospective

Jan 18—31

The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica presents this retrospective on one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Highlights for this series include “Stray Dog,” “Rashomon,” “Throne of Blood,” “Yojimbo”….we really can’t lie. They’re all masterpieces.

Barbara Stanwyck: A Centennial Salute

Jan 26—Feb 27

Let’s face it, Barbara Stanwyck still remains as one of the most iconic figures of the film noir genre, immortalized through her role as Phyllis Dietrichson in Billy Wilder’s “Double Indemnity”. Throughout her career, Stanwyck would continue to challenge the studio system in non-traditional female roles, later earning her four Best Actress nominations and an Honorary Oscar for her screen work. Be sure to catch some of her best films at the Silver Theatre and Cultural Center at the American Film Institute in Hollywood for this monthlong retrospective.

2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Jan 28

The countdown to the Oscars continues as the Screen Actors Guild awards the greatest film and television performances of 2006. The SAG awards will air live on TNT.

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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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