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Critic wrangle: “Right At Your Door.”

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"Right At Your Door" is an indie disaster movie, a description that would seem inherently at odds with itself, but actually just calls for a judicious set up: here, L.A. is hit with dirty bombs (an urban trauma scenario that inevitably evokes 9/11), but the film focuses in on a man (Rory Cochrane) who’s sealed himself inside his house just as his possibly contaminated wife (Mary McCormack) makes it home. Lisa Schwarzbaum at Entertainment Weekly is a fan:

[T]his smart, coolly horrifying American indie thriller one of the scariest movies you’re likely to see all year — a post-9/11 nightmare about terrorism, panic, and paranoia with real, waking-life implications… A corrective for 24 and its blowhardism, Right at Your Door doesn’t waste time fulminating about who organized such effective terrorism, or why. Instead, [director Chris] Gorak keeps his inquiries intimate, and as a result, painfully identifiable.

Neil Genzlinger at the New York Times finds less depths: "The film, especially in its resolution, feels a bit like a ‘Twilight Zone’ episode and might have been better at that length, but the acting’s pretty good, and the cinematography keeps things lively." Chuck Wilson at the LA Weekly also acknowledges possible Rod Serlingness, but writes that "Right at Your Door is grounded hard by some terrific smoking-skyline special effects and by Cochrane and McCormack’s intensity. They’re impressively unsentimental, even as tears stream down their faces for most of the movie." (He adds that "The ending, by the way, is ridiculous (let’s hope), yet totally unnerving.")

At the Chicago Reader, J.R. Jones enjoys the doomsday set-up of "the first third of the movie, after which the tension dissipates badly." Nick Schager at Slant agrees: "Stuck with two irritating characters (proficiently embodied by Cochrane and McCormack) and a narrative with muddled things to say about love and sacrifice and an undeveloped view of law enforcement as a threat rather than a help, the film eventually seems unsure of where it should go." And Michael Joshua Rowin at indieWIRE finds things to like, but concludes:

Too dramatically weak to offer a sufficiently "small," personal view of the kind of event typically recreated in the most technically spectacular manner, but too innately loaded with traumatic import to be simply forgettable, "Right at Your Door," despite occasional technical precision, never solves the problem to which other cinematic interpretations of 9/11 have at the very least compromised a solution: why are we watching this?

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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