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Boondocks, Babysitters and Broncos

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A Halloween week surprisingly light on horror sees instead some romantic dust-ups, courtroom showdowns and an epic battle of egos waged across the vast cosmic expanse of time and space.

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While much of Bollywood’s output has a touch of the fantastical, this contemporary adaptation of the classic fairytale cranks things up to a whole new level. The latest from Indian director Sujoy Ghosh, this romantic fable finds Ritesh Deshmukh as the eponymous hero, a ne’er-do-well bullied by local thugs whose life transforms when his childhood crush gives him a magic lamp containing a genie (Amitabh Bachchan). Eager to be released from his teapot-shaped prison for good, the fast-talking trickster pressures our befuddled hero to make wishes until things turn ugly when the lamp’s former occupant (Sanjay Dutt) shows up. In Hindi with subtitles.
Opens in limited release.

“Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”
Despite running on a mere handful of screens for just a single week during its theatrical release a decade ago, former bartender-turned-writer/director Troy Duffy’s hard-boiled crime thriller about a pair of Boston brothers-turned-vigilantes has attained cult status, in spite of continued derision from many confused critics. While Willem Dafoe has bowed out, Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus are back as the McManus brothers, who come out of hiding in Ireland to return to their old stomping grounds when they discover they’ve been framed for the murder of a local priest.
Opens in limited release.

“The Fall”
Brotherly love is put to the test in this brooding psychological thriller, the feature debut from commercial director John Krueger. Scott Kinworthy co-stars as a hotshot D.A. on the fast track to the governor’s office until his black sheep younger brother Tony (Benjamin Ciaramello) is arrested for a murder of a priest (apparently in vogue this week). As he uncovers evidence that will clear Tony, but will certainly spell the end to his own career, Frank finds himself in an impossible position. Perhaps he should call the Boondock Saints.
Opens in Los Angeles.

“Gentlemen Broncos”
Along with his wife and writing partner Jerusha, Idaho native Jared Hess has evolved into a valiant champion of nerds and underachievers everywhere, and now proudly marches off into yet another dimension with this psychedelic tale of interplanetary ineptitude. Hess’ third directorial outing finds Benjamin (Michael Angarano), an aspiring fantasy writer picking up the shattered pieces of his dream from a sticky convention suite carpet after his favorite author and hero, Dr. Ronald Chevalier (Jemaine Clement), steals his manuscript and publishes it under his own name. Sam Rockwell co-stars as the title character in two versions of the plagiarized book in question.
Opens in limited release.

“The House of The Devil”
Besides moonlighting recently here at with the vampire dating series “Dead & Lonely,” Ti West has been earning raves for this defiantly lo-fi throwback to ’80s horror flicks. Based on a series of “unexplained true events” (which, these days, sadly carries more threat than promise), West’s nod to Roman Polanski’s “Apartment” trilogy and films like “Burnt Offerings” sees a bright-eyed but cash-poor college girl (Jocelin Donahue) respond to an ad for a babysitter. She winds up experiencing all sorts of strange occurrences in the creepy Victorian house of an even creepier couple (Tom Noonan and Mary Woronov) on the eve of a lunar eclipse. Oh, and there’s no baby, either.
Opens in limited release.

“How to Seduce Difficult Women”
…Nah, too easy. Contrary to what the title might suggest, this is sadly not the Frank T.J. Mackey spinoff that fans of P.T. Anderson’s “Magnolia” have long been hoping for, although the general idea isn’t far off, if a touch more benign. The writing/directing debut for indie producer Richard Temtchine, this good-natured romantic dramedy finds the impossibly named Louis-Do de Lencquesaing in the role of Philippe, a cross-continental Casanova who takes ten crass American men under his wing to school them in the art of seduction, a course that will ultimately test his own game to its very limits.
Opens in New York.

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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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