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Clip Analysis: The first “Max Payne 3” trailer

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One look at the new trailer for “Max Payne 3” and your first thought will be, “Time changes a man.” The hero of the hard-boiled shooter series sports a paunch, shaggy hair and bristly beard, where he once had six-pack abs, a dashing pompadour and razor-sharp jawline. But the trademark kill-or-be-killed action looks to have survived the hero’s downturned fortunes.

Rockstar describes the game thusly:

Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his family in São Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have tortured him for far too long.

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The “Max Payne” series started out under the auspices of Remedy Entertainment, who later went on to make last year’s “Alan Wake.” The two series share some stylistic DNA, what with the lead characters who narrate their own stories and games that tweak the established conventions of noir and psychological thriller entertainments. The tropical change in setting augurs well for “MP3” even though it smacks a bit of the favela fascination everyone had after “City of God” came out. (Yes, I’m looking at you “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” and Ed Norton “Hulk” movie.)

The Matrix made everyone bullet-time crazy but the first “Max Payne” title made the time dilation playable, letting players blast at thugs in a slo-mo gunplay orgy straight out of the best John Woo movies. And while this is only the first trailer, there’s sure to be more to come, giving us hints at just what kind of story Rockstar’s aiming to tell with the former NYPD homicide officer.

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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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