This browser is supported only in Windows 10 and above.


Opening This Week: November 2nd, 2007

Posted by on

By Christopher Bonet

IFC News

[Photo: “Fat Girls,” Regent Releasing, 2007]

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

“American Gangster”

Ridley Scott re-teams with Russell Crowe for a film that’s being crowned a winning achievement over their last collaboration (the middling romantic comedy “A Good Year”). Crowe plays Detective Richie Roberts, a New York City cop who investigates Harlem-based drug kingpin Frank Lucas (a sure-to-be-nominated Denzel Washington) who turns into an informant after being dethroned. The thought of Scott, Crowe and the Denz teaming up for a 1970s-set gritty gangster film that reminds us of the good ol’ Scorsese days. We can’t wait.

Opens wide (official site).

“Bee Movie”

With a plot that sounds a little too smart for the “talking animals animated kids film” genre, this one reminds us a more of Woody Allen’s “Antz” than the popular Pixar effort “A Bug’s Life.” Jerry Seinfeld teams up with “Shrek” co-directors Steve Hickner and Simon J. Smith to turn out a story about a bee who’s recently graduated from college and who struggles with his life after realizing the only thing he can do is grow honey. After discovering that people actually eat honey, he decides to file a lawsuit against humankind. Our advice? One word: Plastics.

Opens wide (official site).

“A Broken Sole”

Anthony Marsellis’ indie drama follows six characters along a string of intersecting stories, including a shoemaker and his customer, a cabbie and his passenger, and a dyslexic director and his date. The film is set on September 11th and follows the tragedy’s impact on the film’s characters.

Opens in New York (official site).

“Darfur Now”

Documentarian Ted Braun examines the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur. This film premiered earlier this year at the Toronto Film Festival.

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

“Fat Girls”

This queer coming-of-age film tells the story of Rodney, a gay Texan high schooler who accepts the “fat girl” within as he wrestles with relationships, sexuality and his evangelical family with the help of his overweight best friend Sabrina. Ash Christian triple bills as the film’s director, writer and star, while “Tarnation”‘s Jonathan Caouette plays a supporting role. The film premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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

“Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten”

“Glastonbury” director Julien Temple tackles the legendary Joe Strummer in this doc that follows the former Clash frontman from 1977 till his death in 2001, combining archive footage of Strummer and interviews with friends, family and other celebrities.

Opens in limited release (official site).

“Martian Child”

John Cusack stars as a grieving widower who tries to rebuild his life after adopting a troubled young boy who believes he’s a Martian in “Max” director Menno Meyjes’ drama. The film sounds like “K-Pax” with a pre-teen, but we’re always thrilled to see anything with Cusack, even if this film hasn’t been as well-received as his Iraq drama “Grace is Gone.”

Opens wide (official site).

Watch More

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

Posted by on

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

Watch More

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

Posted by on

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.

Watch More

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

Posted by on
GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

Watch More