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Opening This Week: June 22nd, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Black Sheep,” IFC First Take, 2007]

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

“1408”

Swedish director Mikael Håfström’s first incursion into American filmmaking was the not-so-memorable Aniston-Clive O. thriller “Derailed.” Here’s hoping that the director’s previous foray into horror (2004’s “Drowning Ghost”) will be good background for “1408,” an adaptation of a Stephen King short story. John Cusack stars as a writer whose specialty is debunking paranormal myths, and who insists on staying in The Dolphin Hotel’s notorious room 1408 against the warnings of hotel manager Samuel L. Jackson. We prefer hotel rooms that start with either 2046 or 237, but we’re open to any Stephen King film that, shockingly, looks scary.

Opens wide (official site).

“Black Sheep”

A genetic engineering experiment at a family farm goes horribly wrong, turning hundreds of sheep into “Cujo”-like killers in this New Zealand horror-comedy import from director Jonathan King. “Silence of the Lambs,” indeed.

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

“Broken English”

Parker Posey and Drea de Matteo star in the very indie-friendly debut from director Zoe (daughter of John) Cassavetes about a single woman in New York who impulsively flies to Paris to see if her initial connection with a French man (Melvil Poupaud) might be more than just another failed romance. The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Evan Almighty”

Tom Shadyac is back to helm the sequel to his 2003 “Bruce Almighty,” which finds supporting actor Steve Carell stepping up into the lead role as a U.S. congressman commanded by God (Morgan Freeman) to build an ark before an impending flood destroys Earth. The film was billed as the most expensive comedy made to date (with a reported whopping $250 million budget). We hate to see our favorite television office manager in a flop, but it seems there’s little chance for anything but.

Opens wide (official site).

“Klimt”

John Malkovich stars as Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, known for his lavish sexual paintings that came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century and that became standard selections for dormroom posters. Chilean director Raoul Ruiz helms this biopic and Saffron Burrows co-stars.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Lady Chatterley”

A French adaptation of the erotically charged novel by D.H. Lawrence (the sixth to screen) finds “Tell No One” actress Marina Hands in the title role. The film won a slew of awards at this year’s Césars (French Oscars), including Best Film and Best Actress.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Manufactured Landscapes”

Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels the world observing changes in landscape due to industrial work and manufacturing, focusing on his path through modern China.

Opens in New York (official site).

“A Mighty Heart”

After wasting several years in studio schlock and tepid “Lara Croft” movies, Angelina Jolie reminds us that she can act. She steps into the role of Mariane Pearl, the widow of journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi by the supporters of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Early reviews for the film are strong, and we’re glad to see director Michael Winterbottom aim for a guerrilla-style approach to filming rather than sensationalizing a truly tragic event.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“You Kill Me”

Picture Ben Kingsley’s Don Logan from “Sexy Beast” as an alcoholic struggling with his career as a hit-man and you get the gist of this new gangster comedy from director John Dahl. While the film’s supporting cast (Luke Wilson, Tea Leoni and Bill Pullman) are veteran comedic actors, the film sounds suspiciously like “The Whole Nine Yards.” Still, Kingsley plus comedy equals too good to miss.

Opens in New York (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 IFC.com

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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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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…