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Five David Strathairn Roles We Love

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The coming-of-age drama “Blue Car” airs tonight at 6 p.m. ET. The movie stars David Strathairn as an English teacher in the directorial debut feature from actress Karen Moncrieff. Strathairn is not one for uncomplicated roles, so you know something is afoot when he meets quiet high school student Meg (Agnes Bruckner), who takes care of her troubled little sister, Lily (Regan Arnold), after he dad left and her mom (Margaret Colin) became emotionally unavailable. Teenage Meg maintains a calm demeanor and endures her responsibilities, but her poems reveal a world of, which she shares with her supportive English teacher, Mr. Auster (David Strathairn). With his encouragement, she wins a regional poetry competition and makes it to the finals in Florida. When she meets Mr. Auster’s intelligent yet discontented wife, Delia (Frances Fisher), she finds her relationship with him becoming more complex. Which is just how David Strathairn likes his characters and that is precisely why we love him so much. From “Miami Vice” to “Good Night and Good Luck,” Strathairn has a knack for making his roles absolute scene stealers.

Here are five roles we love by David Strathairn:

1. Edward R. Murrow in “Good Night and Good Luck”

2. Estes Kefauver in “The Notorious Bettie Page”

3. Pierce Morehouse Patchett in “L.A. Confidential”

4. Howard Goodwin in “A Map of the World”

5. Phillip Borchek in “The Equalizer”

“Blue Car” airs on IFC Thursday, Jul. 7 at 6 PM EDT; Friday, Jul. 8 at 10:30 AM EDT; Friday, Jul. 15 at 11:30 AM EDT; Sunday, Jul. 31 at 10:45 AM and at 4:30 PM EDT

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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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