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What to Watch on IFC: January 23 – 29


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No denying it, it’s Monday. Whether you are a Garfield or a Pollyanna, there is no arguing that Monday morning means a whole week of work lies ahead of you and you need something to look forward to. Luckily we have seven days of movies and original programming to keep you going all week long.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


We all love Elmore Leonard, so when Barry Sonnenfeld tackles his novel“Get Shorty” you know it’s going to be good. In this screen adaption, John Travolta stars as Chili Palmer, a film-loving loan shark who teams up with a B-movie producer (Gene Hackman) to become a Hollywood mogul. Danny DeVito and Rene Russo round out the cast of this caper, which airs at 8/7c.


Costume up and get into the world of “Darkon” at 1:45 p.m. ET. The documentary follows some real-life adventurers who turn Baltimore into an imagined medieval world called Darkon. Yep, they’re LARPers and they bring the action of Dungeons and Dragons to life with their combination of physical re-enactments with character-driven storylines. It’s a fascinating look at a world not many of us are privy to.


A racist prison-guard (Billy Bob Thornton) has an intense affair with a black woman (Halle Berry) after her husband dies on death row. That’s right, it’s“Monster’s Ball” at 8/7c. Who wants to come up with a drinking game?


Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg star in “The Yards” at 8/7c. After going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Leo (Wahlberg) gets out of jail and is quickly lured into the corrupt world of the subway-car business based out of the train yards owned by his uncle (James Caan). When a fatal error occurs, Leo has to go on the run and bring down his uncle’s operation.


Kick off the weekend with brand new episodes of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”beginning at 10/9c. Don’t forget that every Friday you can chat live and play trivia on IFC Sync with other fans of Fred and Carrie while you watch the show.


It’s a double feature of horror when we show “Hostel” and “Hostel II” back to back. In part one of the grisly pics focuses on backpackers (Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson) who find that their decision to stay at a Slovakian hostel is a gruesome mistake. Hostel II will make sure you never consider traveling abroad again after three American women take a weekend excursion and become pawns in a grisly game designed to entertain privileged deviants. The fun and frights start at 8/7c.


Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge” stars Ewan McGregor as a young writer in love with Satine (Nicole Kidman), the star of the Moulin Rouge cabaret. Satine loves him too, but strings along a duke who can finance improvements to the night spot. The movie was the first musical nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in a decade, but the real reason to watch it is the costumes and the songs. Now sit back and watch Christina Aguilera sing “Lady Marmalade,” because that is what you are supposed to do right now.


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


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.


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…