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Five favorite Gary Sinise roles

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Tonight at 10:30/9:30c we’re showing “Reindeer Games.” The film follows Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck), a convict who impersonates his slain cellmate upon being released from prison in the hopes of getting lucky with the dead man’s gorgeous pen pal (Charlize Theron). However it turns out that even though the two attractive and consenting adults hook up, Theron isn’t just interested in his good looks. Instead, Theron’s psychotic criminal of a brother (Gary Sinise) has some plans of his own for Affleck. Specifically, he’s looking for someone to pull off a dangerous casino heist on Christmas Eve. Seems Sinise thinks that Rudy is actually the criminal mastermind his sister’s been writing to for months. What happens next is almost Shakespearean. Well if Shakespeare dressed his characters in Santa costumes and had them try to rob a casino. But as within a Shakespearean play, lies and treachery beget tragedy in this morality tale. Shakespeare would have been so lucky to have a supporting cast of genre veteran character actors, including Isaac Hayes, Dennis Farina, Danny Trejo and Clarence Williams III.

While it’s clear that Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron are meant to be the stars of the film, Gary Sinise steals the show as Theron’s creepy criminal of a brother. He’s slyly smarmy and manages to infuse each of his scenes with an intensity that makes you squirm, but also makes him absolutely riveting. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Sinise, though, during his decades-long career. Whatever role he’s playing on television or in the movies, Sinise delivers.

Here are five of our favorite Gary Sinise roles (so far):

5. Jim McConnell in “Mission to Mars”

4. Lt. Dan Taylor in “Forrest Gump”

3. George Milton in “Of Mice and Men”

2. Ken Mattingly in “Apollo 13”

Here are five of our favorite Gary Sinise roles (aside from his part in “Reindeer Games”)”

1. Burt Hammersmith in “The Green Mile”

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“Reindeer Games” airs tonight at at 10:30 PM ET and Friday, Oct. 26 at 12:45 AM 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 IFC.com

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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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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…