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Five Reasons to Watch “Gone Baby Gone” Tonight

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Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel “Gone, Baby, Gone” is one of those movies that stop you in your tracks in your seat at the theater or on your couch. While that doesn’t make a ton of sense, if you’ve seen the film, you know what I mean. Sadly, hardly anyone saw the film. Rectify that tonight when IFC airs “Gone Baby Gone” at both 8 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET. The film stars Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator from working-class Boston who takes on a case involving a kidnapped girl. The girl’s aunt begs Patrick to take the case because he has connections to criminal Boston that the police do not. He agrees and along with his partner, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), they uncover a web of corruption that threatens the relationship between the two. Ed Harris and Morgan Freeman co-star as members of the Boston Police Department.

If you need more convincing, here are five reasons to watch “Gone Baby Gone” tonight:

1. Casey Affleck When you see Casey as Patrick Kenzie, the working man’s Sam Spade, you can’t help but wonder why the lesser Affleck is not the bigger star. He is by turns heartbreaking, heartstopping, and fearless.

2. Ben Affleck. While most people still view Ben as an actor, he really shines behind the camera. His directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone” was one of the best American movies of the decade, though many people never found out since it barely made $20 million domestically. Be a part of the in crowd and watch this amazing movie tonight.

3. Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris. Casting Freeman and Harris as anything would mean dazzling performances, but making them Boston cops is a stroke of genius.

4. Amy Ryan. Fans of “The Wire” and “The Office” know Amy Ryan can act, but it was still a well-deserved surprise when she was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Helene McCready, mother of the missing girl, in this crime thriller.

5. Boston The city, not the band, although we won’t complain if you watch the movie due to the band’s awesomeness. However, the greatest achievement in “Gone Baby Gone” is its sense of place, which is, of course, Boston. Ben Affleck paints a stark portrait of the city and it’s poorer residents casting real life denizens of the town and shooting entirely on the city’s streets.

“Gone Baby Gone” airs on IFC tonight at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET; Thursday, Jul. 7 at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, Jul. 9 at 8 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET; and Sunday, Jul. 31 at 8:30 PM ET

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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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