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The Lost Michael Winterbottom/Colin Firth Film and More New DVDs

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A look at what’s new on DVD this week:

“A Summer in Genoa”
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Released by Entertainment One

Of the many films Michael Winterbottom (“A Mighty Heart,” “9 Songs”) has directed in recent years, you wouldn’t guess the one starring recent Oscar winner Colin Firth as a father who must take care of his two daughters in the wake of a car accident involving their mother (Hope Davis) would be the one to have trouble making it to the U.S. But here we are three years after “Genova,” as it’s known in much of the rest of the world, was shot and it’s finally arrived on DVD, a mix of supernatural thriller and human drama that’s actually getting reasonably good reviews upon its delayed release. Catherine Keener co-stars.

“Belladonna”
Directed by Annika Glac
Released by Osiris

Glac’s debut as a writer/director centers on a man whose upcoming nuptials have led to more than just cold feet, but inspired terrible visions involving witches in a forest he can’t seem to escape in this romantic fantasy.

“Black Heaven”
Directed by Gilles Marchand
Released by MPI Home Video

French director Marchand follows up the thriller “Who Killed Bambi?” with another potboiler about a couple that picks up someone’s lost cell phone while on vacation and learn that returning it might lead them into a dangerous world…or worlds since the only person who can help them is involved with a video game that makes the real world and virtual world almost interchangeable.

“Country Strong”
Directed by Shana Feste
Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

“The Greatest” director Feste is once again at the helm of a tearjerker, though this time set in the realm of country music where a recently rehabbed star (Gwyneth Paltrow) goes back on the road to reclaim her career while an upstart (Leighton Meester) threatens to take her spotlight. Garrett Hedlund and Tim McGraw co-star as the somewhat creaky support system.

“Farewell”
Directed by Christian Carion
Released by Terra Entertainment

Oscar-nominated “Joyeux Noël” director Carion’s latest film is set during the Cold War, based on the real-life relationship between disillusioned KGB agent Sergei Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica) and Moscow-based French engineer Pierre Froment (Guillaume Canet), who became a conduit for all of Gregoriev’s confidential knowledge about Soviet spy networks, ultimately leading to the fall of the Soviet Union. (Though there is some controversy about this.) Americans Fred Ward, doing his best Ronald Reagan impression, and Willem Dafoe, as a CIA director, are among the parties interested in Gregoriev’s intel.

JimSturgessHeartless04122011.jpg“Heartless”
Directed by Philip Ridley
Released by MPI Home Video

Hard to imagine “21” and “Across the Universe” doe-eyed heartthrob Jim Sturgess as an unsightly outcast, but with a heart-shaped birthmark across the right side of his face, he has few friends and spends his time dabbling in photography until he makes a pact with the Devil (nicknamed “Papa B” here) to change his looks, resulting in new relationships with a model (Clemence Poesy) and “The Weapons Man” (Eddie Marsan) who comes to collects the Devil’s end of the bargain. The film marks cult director Ridley’s first in 15 years since the Viggo Mortensen/Ashley Judd thriller “The Passion of Darkly Noon.”

“Highwater”
Directed by Dana Brown
Released by Image Entertainment

“Step Into Liquid” director Brown continues to chronicle those that ride the high tides with this documentary about surfing’s Triple Crown in Oahu featuring boarders like Kelly Slater, amongst others as they compete to catch the perfect wave.

“The Inheritance”
Directed by Robert O’Hara
Released by Image Entertainment

Keith David, Golden Brooks and Adriane Lenox star in this horror film about a family assembled by a mysterious uncle (David) to learn of what fortune will be coming their way from a recent death, only to learn that they must undergo a series of terrifying rituals in order to make their claim.

“Last Breath”
Directed by Ty Jones
Released by Shriek Show

Couples therapy has never been as brutal as it is in this horror flick from Ty Jones where a married couple questions their relationship after a killer ensnares and toys with them.

“Mask Maker”
Directed by Griff Furst
Released by Screen Media Films

Originally titled “Maskerade,” this horror film features former “Laguna Beach” star Stephen Colletti and a score of other fresh-faced twentysomethings in the story of a couple that learns that the 19th century farmhouse they just purchased is haunted by evil spirits, which isn’t good news since all their friends are coming in for the weekend housewarming party.

“The Paranoids”
Directed by Gabril Medina
Released by Oscilloscope Laboratories

Tensions rise for a struggling writer in Argentina when a friend fashions the lead of his successful Spanish television show on his childhood pal and returns to visit with a smoking hot new girlfriend and news that he’ll produce a local version of the show in this comedy from director Medina.

“Ricky”
Directed by François Ozon
Released by MPI Home Video

Many have suggested it’s best to walk into this film from “Potiche” and “Swimming Pool” director Ozon knowing nothing, but for the purposes of this preview, we’ll say that the film is based on Rose Tremain’s short story “Moth” about a young couple (Alexandra Lamy and Sergi Lopez) who are about to give birth to their first child together, while the mother’s seven-year-old from a previous relationship becomes suspicious of her new baby brother.

“The Secret of Dorian Gray”
Directed by Massimo Dallamano
Released by RaroVideo

The classic Oscar Wilde tale of an ageless man (Helmut Berger) gets the Italian horror treatment in this 1970 version.

“The Speed of Thought”
Directed by Evan Oppenheimer
Released by Maya Entertainment

Nick Stahl and Taryn Manning star as people with telepathic abilities that have been sheltered from the outside world by the government after being told they risk a disease that neither can fully believe in this thriller.

“Summer Lover”
Directed by Robert Crombie
Released by Phase 4 Films

There’s an obvious pun for this Ukranian-produced romantic drama about an American couple who travel to the Greek island of Lesbos where the new Missus (Avalon Barrie) becomes enchanted by another woman, leading to complications galore. But I won’t make it.

“Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection”
Released by Warner Bros.

One of the silver screen’s most famous couples receives a 10-disc boxed set featuring all of their collaborations together including “Woman of the Year,” “Without Love,” “State of the Union,” “Adam’s Rib,” “Pat and Mike,” “Desk Set,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and two previously unavailable titles that are have also been released separately: George Cukor’s 1942 drama “Keeper of the Flame” and
Elia Kazan’s 1947 farmhouse-set battle of the wits’ “The Sea of Grass”

“White Material”
Directed by Claire Denis
Released by Criterion Collection

During its premiere at the 2009 New York Film Festival, Denis told IFC.com that “this film was demanded by Isabelle Huppert and it took me a long time to answer her demand,” and so it is that the “Chocolat” director is back in Africa with this story of Maria (Huppert), a white French woman who won’t cede her coffee plantation to the locals after French forces pull out amidst civil unrest in the area. While war rages on around her and her husband (Lambert) looks for a buyer, Maria insists on continuing to harvest the land as a wounded stranger (Isaach De Bankolé) and her lazy son (Nicholas Duvauchelle) take refuge on the property.

New to Blu-ray: Pixar’s superhero adventure “The Incredibles” and Jean Pierre-Melville’s legendary crime thriller “Le Cercle Rouge”

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…