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Opening This Week: June 15th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Eagle vs. Shark,” Miramax Films, 2007]

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

“Beyond Hatred”

Olivier Meyrou’s probing documentary tracks the events following the murder of François Chenu, the victim of a deadly gay bashing incident in Paris, as Chenu’s family searches for understanding in the wake of his death, and attempts to forgive his killers. The film won the Best Documentary award at Berlin last year.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“DOA: Dead or Alive”

Perhaps the most derided sub-genre in all of cinema, the video game movie strikes (and strikes out?) yet again in this dire-looking adaptation of the popular fighting game “Dead or Alive”. The film is (shockingly) not directed by Uwe Boll; instead, it offers fight choreographer and “The Transporter” director Corey Yuen cashing in on whatever credibility he had for what was hopefully a big fat paycheck. The film? Is about some sort of fighting tournament that attracts a bunch of hot women who also play volleyball in bikinis for some reason. Pre-pubescent boys everywhere are salivating.

Opens in wide release (official site).

“Eagle vs. Shark”

This year’s offbeat summer comedy for the hipster set is a New Zealand flick from Taika Waititi that follows two awkward strangers in a quirky romance. Though it looks a little “Napoleon Dynamite”-lite, the film has been attracting lots of buzz bouncing around the film festival circuit after its Sundance premiere. Jemaine Clement of new HBO series “Flight of the Conchords” stars.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”

The Fantastic Four return with new villains, a bloated budget and huge paychecks for the returning cast. Though the film may serve as one big springboard for a long-rumored Silver Surfer spin-off, we gotta admit… the Surfer does look pretty cool. Early rumors of Galactus being little more than a “cloud,” however, have us less than intrigued. (Er, smoke monster from “Lost,” anyone?)

Opens wide (official site).


So, in brief, this film is a lot like “Lassie,” only instead of a friendly dog, Timmy has a flesh-eating zombie as his best friend and faithful pet. While Canadian director Andrew Currie’s “zom-com” sounds a bit like “Shaun of the Dead” set in Lynchian America, we’re just delighted by the casting of Billy Connolly as Timmy’s undead best friend.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Jhoom Barabar Jhoom”

Two strangers, engaged to different people, arrive in Europe to get married but fall in love with each other instead in Shaad Ali’s Indian romantic musical comedy.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Lights in the Dusk”

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki concludes his “Finland” trilogy with this film about a lonely night watchman in Helsinki who gets caught up in a series of criminal misdeeds. The film premiered at Cannes last year.

Opens in New York (official site).


Promising Australian director Geoffrey Wright may have fallen on hard times after 1992’s skinhead flick “Romper Stomper” (straight-to-DVD slasher “Cherry Falls” comes to mind), but we’re glad to see him return to his roots in this contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” set in the Melbourne ganglands.

Opens in Seattle (official site).

“Nancy Drew”

We’d prefer a feature film with TV’s “Veronica Mars” over this adaptation of the popular kid lit series originated by Edward Stratemayer, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer. Nickelodeon staple Emma Roberts plays the teenage detective who tries to solve the murder of a beautiful movie star with the help of her father (Tate Donovan).

Opens wide (official site).


“The Tin Drum”‘s Volker Schlõndorff directs this film based on the true story of a nearly illiterate woman who became one of the founders of Poland’s Solidarity union, which would eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The film premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.

Opens in New York (official site).

“The Trials of Darryl Hunt”

This documentary from filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg chronicles the appeals process of a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder, and who served 19 1/2 years before being exonerated thanks to DNA evidence.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Unborn in the USA: Inside the War on Abortion”

Filmmakers Stephen Fell and Will Thompson document the history of the pro-life movement following 1973’s Supreme Court decision affirming a woman’s constitutional right to privacy.

Opens in limited release (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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