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Opening This Week: February 16th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Avenue Montaigne,” ThinkFilm, 2007]

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


German director Christian Alvart follows up his 1999 film “Curiosity & the Cat” with this suspense thriller about a small-town detective whose interrogation of a serial killer threatens the core of his beliefs.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Avenue Montaigne”

France’s entry in the Best Foreign Film category at this year’s Oscars reminds us a bit of 2001’s “Amelie,” as Cecile de France stars as a young waitress from the countryside who changes the lives of the art-centered customers of the cafe. “Avenue Montaigne” is the latest from “Jet Lag” director and writer Danièle Thompson.

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


African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako paints a picture of political and personal strife in contemporary Africa in this drama about a couple’s disintegrating break-up set against the backdrop of public proceedings against international financial institutions blamed for the country’s woes. Danny Glover, who executive produced the picture, also has a cameo.

Opens in New York (official site).


“Shattered Glass” director Billy Ray presents another film based on a true story about a young man faced with a questionable morality. This thriller follows a young up-and-coming FBI agent who’s asked to spy on his superior, who is believed to be a double agent working against the interests of the nation. Ryan Phillippe and Chris Cooper play the rookie and double agents, respectively.

Opens wide (official site).

“Bridge to Terabithia”

Hungarian filmmaker Gabor Csupo transforms this popular children’s story about two fifth graders who encounter a magical kingdom hidden deep in a forest into a feature film (his first) after spending over a dozen years producing and developing the popular “Rugrats” series. Indie fave Zooey Deschanel and cult icon Robert Patrick support.

Opens wide (official site).

“Days of Glory (Indigènes)”

This World War II film details the story of a group of North African soldiers enlisted to fight for the French as a part of an “indigenous” unit. Director Rachid Bouchareb is said to employ every World War II film cliché in the book for this film, but critics state that the film’s modest budget and culturally diverse ensemble cast allow the filmmaker to explore racial conflicts in a war-time setting.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Ghost Rider”

It seems as though every superhero in the Marvel Comics catalog is getting his own movie; the latest is for the marginally popular Ghost Rider, a former motorcycle stunt rider who moonlights as an evil bounty hunter at night after making a deal with the devil, Mephisto. The film has a familiar superhero director in “Daredevil”‘s Mark Steven Johnson and action star in Nicolas Cage (“National Treasure,” “The Rock”), but still seems a bit ho-hum to us. We’re just a bit disheartened the producers didn’t go for the original Ghost Rider.

Opens wide (official site).

“Music and Lyrics”

Hugh Grant. Drew Barrymore. Valentine’s Day. We think it’s safe to say that there are no surprises in this one.

Opens wide (official site).

“Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls”

In a span of a few short years, February became the month of Tyler Perry, an unknown African American playwright who struck gold when his first film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” produced on a budget of $5.5 million, grossed over ten times that amount. Together, Perry’s first feature and his second, 2006’s “Madea’s Family Reunion,” have grossed over $100 million, so it’s no surprise Lionsgate greenlit his latest, a romantic comedy with Gabrielle Union and “The Wire”‘s Idris Elba. It’s unclear yet whether Perry’s latest film will uphold his winning streak at the box office (“Daddy’s Little Girls” is the first Perry film without his popular Madea character), so we’ll just have to wait and see come Monday.

Opens wide (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

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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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