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Five reasons to watch M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” tonight


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Following the smash hit “The Sixth Sense” and the follow-up “Unbreakable,” directorial upstart M. Night Shyamalan takes the audience for another paranormal outing. In “Signs,” Shyamalan explores the eerie implications of a 500-foot crop circle that mysteriously appears on the Bucks County, PA farm of reverend Graham Hess. Hess and his family struggle to make sense of the sign in their backyard and to figure out how the possibility of an alien intelligence incorporates into their faith. Soon they realize, though, that the aliens are not just a cerebral exercise, but an up-close-and-personal hiding-in-the-cornfields encounter.

Here are five good reasons to watch “Signs” tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET/9:15 p.m. CT:

1. “The Sixth Sense”

M. Night Shyamalan’s 1999 debut deserved the attention that it got and back in 2002 (when “Signs” came out) a new Shyamalan movie was something to look forward to, and while “Signs” may not be quite as groundbreaking or memorable as “The Sixth Sense,” it still packs a powerful punch

2. Mel Gibson

Gibson plays Graham Hess a widowed preacher in need of a miracle to restore his lost faith upon the death of his wife. As we watch the events unfold through his eyes we get a terrifying portrait of a man struggling to survive, physically and emotionally.

3. Joaquin Phoenix

Playing Graham’s brother Merrill, Phoenix steps up to imbue the role with subtle strength and emotion.

4. Abigail Breslin

Several years before her breakout role in “Little Miss Sunshine” Breslin showed her talent as an actress even as a little girl.

5. Aliens, man

Shyamalan increases the tension of your standard alien invasion thriller a hundred fold by limiting the action to on and around a small Pennsylvania farm. The micro-focus somehow makes the scope even broader.

Watch the trailer and then tune in tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET/9:15 p.m. CT:

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“Signs” airs tonight at at 10:15 PM ET; Thursday, Mar. 7 at 5:45 PM ET; Monday, Mar. 18 at 8:00 PM ET; Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 12:45 AM ET; Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 5:45 PM ET; Friday, Mar. 29 at 5:30 PM ET; Saturday, Mar. 30 at 2:00 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.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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