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Your guide to what’s new in theaters this week: Offbeat foreign fare compliments star-studded domestic offerings, alongside some intriguing and inventive docs.

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“Anaglyph Tom (Tom With Puffy Cheeks)”
Forty years after “Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son,” his groundbreaking interpretation of Thomas Edison’s turn-of-the-century short, experimentalist and paracinema pioneer Ken Jacobs returns to Edison’s original print, this time with a mind to work his singular magic in gloriously vibrant 3-D. Employing digital technology to isolate actors and images and intermingle the themes of his 1969 film with present day footage of the economic crisis, Jacobs orchestrates a cinematic ballet where the past and the present literally dance together before our eyes.
Opens in New York.

“Angels and Demons”
Despite the fact that some viewers who turned out to see Ron Howard’s lumbering, talk-heavy 2006 blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” are rumored to still be asleep, Howard and star Tom Hanks are back with a second helping, offering up another yak-tion-packed alternative to the summertime CGI smackdown. Adapted from Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci” prequel, this film sees Hanks reprise his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who’s summoned to the Vatican to investigate a purported Illuminati conspiracy involving a plot to murder cardinals and steal nuclear material.
Opens wide.

“The Brothers Bloom”
Once again showcasing an uncanny ability to teach an old genre new tricks, Rian
Johnson’s much-delayed fantastical crime caper finally arrives in theaters more than four agonizingly long years since his debut, the wonderfully hazy high school noir “Brick.” Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody star as a pair of legendary career grifters who, with their longtime sidekick Bang Bang (Rinko Kikuchi), lay it all on the line for that always perilous “one last con,” relieving a beautiful heiress (Rachel Weisz) of her fortune.
Opens in limited release.

“Big Man Japan”
Not one of those films best enjoyed under the influence (which seems to have devolved into code for “it’s crap”), “Big Man Japan” is so outlandish that no amount of narcotics could possibly make it any stranger. A directorial debut for Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto (who also stars and co-scripts), this blend of “Hancock” and “Godzilla” finds reality TV star and part-time 50-foot warrior Masaru Daisatou battling giant monsters and tiny ratings as he struggles to cope with the ongoing pressure of protecting his city. In Japanese with subtitles.
Opens in limited release.

“Kassim The Dream”
Few stories deliver the pre-packaged narrative punch (no pun intended) of Ugandan child-soldier-turned-champion-boxer Kassim Ouma, the center of Kief Davidson’s documentary. Kidnapped by rebel forces at age six and forced to commit atrocities, Ouma found an escape through boxing for the Ugandan military team. Opportunistically defecting to the United States during an exhibition tour, the fighter found himself broke and alone and pursued his own unique interpretation of the American dream (peace of mind), rising through the ranks of the sport on his way to becoming the Junior Middleweight Champion of the world.
Opens in Los Angeles.

Taking the treacherous triangle of James Cain’s “The Postman Always Rings Twice” and relocating it to an idyllic yet stiflingly depressed river town west of Berlin, cult German writer/director Christian Petzold follows his 2007 thriller “Yella” with this disquieting sensual drama that should further enhance his international reputation. Benno Fürmann stars as Thomas, a dishonorably discharged veteran whose trip home for his mother’s funeral leads to an encounter with brutish drunk Ali (Hilmi Sozer) and Ali’s aloof wife Laura (“Yella”‘s Nina Hoss). With Ali away for a long weekend in his native Turkey, Thomas and Laura begin an illicit liaison that slowly spirals into inevitable tragedy. In German and Turkish with subtitles.
Opens in limited release.

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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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