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If Labor Day’s coming up, that must mean there’s a new Mike Judge movie on the way. It’s also that time of year when a few distributors dust off some well-traveled festival films as the summer winds down and the start of the school year is underway.

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“American Casino”
A disaster for ordinary citizens, the financial crisis has naturally become catnip for politically minded documentary filmmakers. With “the most feared filmmaker in America” preparing to offer his take a few weeks from now, we can bide our time with Leslie Cockburn’s no-frills exploration of the nuts and bolts of subprime mortgages and the greed of predatory lenders that contributed to the tanking American economy. Probing everyone from buck-passing politicians to financial analysts, lawyers, and lenders, journalist-turned-director Cockburn exposes the shady side of the mortgage boom and those who profited from others’ financial hardship.
Opens in New York.

“Aage Se Right”
Lacking the plush, pristine production values that are the signature of a Bollywood studio flick, director Indrajit Nattooji elected to go viral with his debut (translating to “Gun on the Run”), unveiling this handmade exercise in madcap mishaps through a series of teasing online shorts that invites audiences to join the hunt for the titular firearm that has been misplaced by a bumbling cop (former soap star Shreyas Talpade). Ironically, a love struck terrorist might hold the key to him finding it. In Hindi with subtitles.
Opens in limited release.

“All About Steve”
If only someone were to package together Sandra Bullock’s latest showreel of funny pratfalls and socially awkward earnestness together with Steve Zahn’s similarly themed “Management,” then the whole world could potentially enjoy a his & hers romantic stalker movie double feature on DVD just in time for Valentine’s Day. But Bullock will spend Labor Day weekend fumbling her way across the country in pursuit of a news cameraman (Bradley Cooper), convinced that he is the one she is destined to be with after just one date. Veteran TV helmer Phil Traill makes his feature debut from a script from “License to Wed” scribe Kim Barker.
Opens wide.

Having earned a Sundance Award for his debut short, the metaphysical meditation “Larutanatural,” in 2006, Spanish writer/director Àlex Pastor showed he is not one to bow to convention by following that up with another short – a western (!). However, he’s back to horror, and has brought his brother David with him, for their shared feature debut, a spin on the pandemic apocalypse subgenre. Piper Perabo, Lou Taylor Pucci, Emily Van Camp and a pre-“Star Trek” Chris Pine star as a quartet that run from the outbreak who gradually come to learn the shocking truth about the origins of the deadly disease.
Opens in limited release.

From the underrated “Idiocracy” to the gold standard of workplace comedy that is “Office Space,” writer/director Mike Judge once again proves he has 21st century alienation down pat with another detailed map of the modern male psyche and thirtysomething angst. Jason Bateman stars as Joel Reynolds, the perpetually exasperated owner of a flavor extract plant who is frustrated by his employees by day and a cold fish wife (Kristen Wiig) by night, until a smoking-hot temp (Mila Kunis) enters his life and throws both his professional and personal life into disarray. A shaggy-haired Ben Affleck co-stars as Joel’s bartending buddy who eggs on his pal to expand his horizons.
Opens wide.

Having snuck in somewhat under the radar with the delicious guilty pleasures of the “Crank” franchise, the writing/directing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have shown themselves adept at cheap, efficient, rough and tumble action, illustrating that the best work gets done when no one looks over your shoulder. Perhaps that’s why their latest is a critique of a society where everyone is being watched, starring Gerard Butler as a condemned prisoner forced to compete in televised death matches in order to win his freedom while being controlled by some pimply-faced teen whose only goal is a higher point total. “Dexter” himself, Michael C. Hall, plays the sadistic big shot secretly manipulating the carnage in this tweaked-up version of “The Running Man” for the online FPS generation.
Opens wide.

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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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