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Opening This Week: June 1st, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Day Watch,” Fox Searchlight, 2007]

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

“Crazy Love”

Some couples quite possibly shouldn’t be together. When your spouse spends 14 years in the slammer for throwing acid on your face, that’s by our indication that it just might be time to, you know, stop responding to phone calls and move very far away. Dan Klores’ thrilling documentary charts the turbulent relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach, a love story that begins with an affair, moves on to jealousy and a jail sentence, and turns into a modern-day marriage, offering insight into the human psyche, contemporary relationships, and sheer, perverse stupidity.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Day Watch”

That vague, Russian battle between good and evil continues in this sequel to 2004’s surprise hit “Night Watch,” based on the science fiction trilogy by Sergei Lukyanenko. The trailer for this one doesn’t make a lick of sense, but then neither did the first film. Some pretty impressive action sequences (including a hotrod skidding along the side of a glass-paned building) make us look forward to it anyway.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Gracie”

Disney Channel mainstay Carly Schroeder stars as a teenage girl who fights to play on the boys’ varsity soccer team after her brother is killed in a car accident in 1970s New Jersey. This film is based on the life experiences of Elizabeth Shue, who also stars and co-produces, and is directed by her hubby Davis Guggenheim. Andrew “Billy Campbell” Shue and Dermot Mulroney co-star.

Opens wide (official site).

“I’m Reed Fish”

“Million Dollar Baby”‘s Jay Baruchel stars in this quirky indie comedy about a small-town radio personality whose life is thrown into chaos after an old flame from high school re-enters his life just days before he is to be married to his longtime girlfriend. The film, which, surprisingly, isn’t written by Zach Braff, won the Best Actor award for Baruchel at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Look for Alexis Bledel and Schuyler Fisk in supporting roles.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Knocked Up”

Girl meets boy. Girl and boy have drunken sex. Girl finds out she’s pregnant eight weeks later. That’s the gist of Judd Apatow’s latest comedy, starring Seth Rogen and Katharine Heigl as a couple whose one night stand results in… well… lasting consequences. Early reviews hint that this may be the funniest film of the summer season, if you’re up for raunchy-yet-morally-centered comedies.

Opens wide (offical site).

“Mr. Brooks”

Writer-director Bruce A. Evans, perhaps best known for the easily forgettable Christian Slater-helmed “Kuffs,” pretends its still 1992 with this thriller starring Kevin Costner and Demi Moore. A detective (Moore) investigates a serial killer (Costner), a normal successful businessman with a dangerous alter ego (William Hurt). Honestly, this film sounds more like something that would come from Donald Kaufman. And Dane Cook in a drama? We can’t even bear to see him attempt comedy.

Opens wide (official site).

“Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman”

British thespian Timothy Spall stars as Albert Pierrepoint, Britain’s most prolific hangman who moonlit as a grocery deliveryman while keeping his day job secret from his wife (Juliet Stevenson). The film premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Rise: Blood Hunter”

After she wakes up in a morgue, a journalist (Lucy Liu) realizes she’s one of the undead and enlists the aid of a police detective (Michael Chiklis) to hunt for those responsible for her death. It’s a lot like “The Crow,” only with Lucy Liu kicking ass and possibly playing for both teams. Yeowch.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Ten Canoes”

This acclaimed Australian film tells the story of ten Aboriginal men who go hunting for geese and tell each other tales from their people’s pasts. Rolf de Heer’s film won the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“The Trials of Darryl Hunt”

This documentary from filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg chronicles the brutal rape and murder case of a wrongfully convicted black man who was exonerated based on DNA evidence in 2004. The film premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Opens in limited release (official site).

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…