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05122008_princecaspian.jpgBy Neil Pedley

After last week’s ridiculously crowded release schedule, this week’s is somewhat more manageable.

“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”
Fans salivating at the prospect of some post-Middle Earth fantasy creature smackdown were left disappointed last time around as, for all its promise, initial “Narnia” installment “The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe” possessed about as much bite as a hibernating tortoise. Looking to fill the hole left by a certain boy wizard in the summer release schedule, the second adventure into Narnia sees the four Pevensie siblings summoned back to the fantastical world to find that 1300 years have passed and their former kingdom lies in ruins. Joining forces with heir to the throne Prince Caspian (Ben Bames), the children lead a renegade army into battle against the tyrannical King Miraz, seeking to restore Narnia and bring about peace once more.
Opens wide.

“My Father, My Lord”
The winner of the Best Narrative Feature award at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival is an Israeli drama from first time director David Volach set in an Orthodox community where a rabbi struggles with his relationship with his doting son. In Hebrew with subtitles.
Opens in New York.

“Quantum Hoops”
Caltech students are famous for many things, but athleticism isn’t one of them — the university basketball team hasn’t won a game in 21 years. Rick Greenwald’s debut documentary, narrated by David Duchovny, follows the Beavers at the end of their 2006 season as they try to break their 240 game losing streak.
Opens in New York.

A staple on the European festival circuit since its debut two years ago, this playfully melancholic drama about friendship and ambition was Norway’s bid for the 2006 best foreign language film Oscar. Written over the course of five years by Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, “Reprise” tells of two idealistic young writers whose friendship is threatened when one’s manuscript is published and the other is not. “Reprise” has won critical praise for Trier’s audacious blend of a highly kinetic directing style with a classic French New Wave sensibility, but it wasn’t until uber-producer and tastemaker Scott Rudin stepped in that the film found a U.S. distributor in Miramax. In Norwegian with subtitles.
Opens in limited release.

“Sangre de Mi Sangre”
The debut feature from writer/director Christopher Zalla netted a Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it was known as “Padre Nuestro.” With a new title (which translates in English to “Blood of My Blood”), this drama follows Mexican immigrant Pedro as he travels to New York City in search of his successful (and estranged) father. Along the way, he meets Juan, a charismatic young con man who steals Pedro’s identity and abandons him in the city. The two race to find Pedro’s father first, one in search of his love, the other in pursuit of his money. In Spanish with subtitles.
Opens in limited release.

Germany’s Christian Petzold, who has been compared to Claude Chabrol, directed this disquieting thriller about a woman who flees an abusive husband for a new job in Hanover, only to become involved in a cutthroat corporate scheme that offers its own dangers. This film, which won over critics at its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival last year, is the first of Petzold’s to get a U.S. release. In German with subtitles.
Opens in New York.

[Photo: “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” Walt Disney Studios, 2008]

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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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