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Opening This Week: July 6th, 2007

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By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: Brenda Blethyn in “Introducing the Dwights,” Warner Independent, 2007]

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

“Dynamite Warrior”

With the long-delayed release of “Tears of the Black Tiger,” the rising popularity of actioner Tony Jaa, and the arthouse appreciation of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, we say it’s about time Thai cinema found some respect on American shores. This latest Thai action film comes courtesy of “The Protector” camera operator Chalerm Wongpim, and finds “Born to Fight” star Dan Chupong kicking some serious ass in 1920s Thailand as he sets out to avenge the death of his parents. The trailer makes the film look like a Muay Thai Western, but c’mon, just check out this dude riding a missile.

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

“Introducing the Dwights”

While this Aussie rom-com features all too familiar “Meet the Parents”-esque wackiness, early reviews state the film exudes a warmth that is nothing but charming. A shy 20-year-old brings his new girlfriend home to meet his aging comedienne mother, who, in a bit of ace casting, is played by Brenda Blethyn in full-on “Little Voice” mode. We would’ve loved to see her paired with Geoffrey Rush as the Neil Diamond-esque Dwight patriarch.

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


From “The Omen” to “The Shining,” from “The Sixth Sense” to “The Ring,” that whole “creepy little kid” thing seems ready to be put to rest, but then along comes “Hell House” director George Ratliff’s debut, featuring an adorable little tyke bent on familial destruction. Indie darlings Vera Farmiga and Sam Rockwell star as the parents of newborn daughter Lily and nine-year-old prodigy son Joshua, who begins to display a dark side after the arrival of his new sister. We’ll watch this for Rockwell, who was recently cast as Victor Mancini in the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s “Choke” (squeal!).

Opens in limited release (official site).

“License to Wed”

We look forward to a new Robin Williams movie about as much as a root canal, so it’s no surprise that our hopes for this movie are pretty slim. Williams stars as a preacher who does annoying things to newlyweds-to-be Mandy Moore and John Krasinski (yes!) for some reason or another. The poster itself suggests the film has way too much Robin Williams, but, hey, at least several cast members of “The Office” will also make appearances. That’s good enough to last us until September.

Opens wide (official site).

“The Method”

This film looks a little like “The Apprentice” meets “Battle Royale,” but, you know, tolerable. “The Sea Inside” screenwriter Mateo Gil wrote this Spanish film about seven eager businessmen who are called upon to interview for a position with a mysterious company, and are enlisted to participate in a bizarre test known only as the Grönholm Method. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Rescue Dawn”

Werner Herzog’s latest feature may find him with the largest budget he’s had to date (a whopping $10 mil!) and may seem a bit more mainstream than his usual fare, but that doesn’t stop us from being excited over his first fiction film since 2005’s “The Wild Blue Yonder.” Christian Bale stars as a German-American fighter pilot who ends up in a Vietcong prison camp shortly after his plane is shot down over Laos, and who must organize an escape with a small band of captives. Steve Zahn co-stars, and is surprisingly good.

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


Michael Bay sets out to destroy our collective childhoods with this live-action take on this popular 80s cartoon franchise. Our gripes: Megatron isn’t a giant gun that resembles an NES Zapper (he’s a jet), Bumblebee is a Chevy Camaro instead of a VW Beetle (damn you, product placement!), and Optimus Prime has lips (nipples on the Batsuit, anyone?). What we’re looking forward to: Peter Cullen returns as the original voice of Prime (yay nostalgia!), Hugo Weaving voices Megatron, and lots of stuff blows up.

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

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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