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Greetings and welcome to this weekend's cinema roundup. We begin at SIFF Cinema, who are currently screening HARLAN: IN THE SHADOW OF JEW SUSS , a documentary about Nazi filmmaker Veit Harlan who made the infamous anti-Semitic propaganda film JEW SUSS (that was required viewing for all member of the SS). The film not only examines his life and work but how his family and younger generations have struggled with living in the shadow of such hatred. SIFF Cinema is also one of the venues for this year's MOISTURE FESTIVAL, a showcase of "Comedy/Varietè," an intriguing assortment of entertainment" that includes aeralist, jugglers, comedians, dancers, clowns and other vaudevillian acts. SIFF is combining these live acts with three similarly themed films, including PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE on Thursday, March 31st. Over at Northwest Film Forum, there's TOO, an "ecstatic interplay of live and recorded movement" by dancers Amy O'Neal and Ellie Sandstrom that "ruminates on the increasing challenges of human contact in a fractured and complex technological age." That may sound a bit clinical but the film, inspired by everything from karaoke to Japanese love hotels, is both thoughtful and humorous (with the added bonus of a performance by Reggie Watts). Starting Sunday at NWFF is the Pere Portabella's WARSAW BRIDGE, "a thoroughly engrossing collage of images and surreal sequences" in the Bunuel tradition. Down the street from us at Grand Illusion Cinema, there's the uncut version Bernardo Bertolucci's LAST TANGO IN PARIS starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. This film is ranked #1 on the Scarecrow Video list of "Sexy movies that aren't quite porn." Late Night at the GI, there's GONE WITH THE POPE, a lost grindhouse classic in which some gangster plot to take the Pope hostage and demand a dollar ransom from every Catholic in the world. The film, directed by Duke Mitchell ("the Italian Rudy Rae Moore") was lost for years until two filmmakers saved it from obscurity (you can read the whole interesting film preservation saga here). Three out of five Scarecrow staffers highly recommend you take in PURPLE RAIN over at Central Cinema, where you and friends can gather, enjoy an adult beverage and revel in the force of nature that is Prince. If you go on Thursday, April 1st, there's a PRINCE & FRIENDS SING-A-LONG so you can belt out the classics without worrying about getting kicked out of the theater. THE SQUID AND THE WHALE writer/director Noah Baumbach's new film GREENBERG starring Ben Stiller opens at the Guild 45th, while The Egyptian has Swedish crime thriller based on Stieg Larsson's bestselling novel THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and THE BIG LEBOWSKI at Midnight on Friday & Saturday (who would have thought that 12 years after that movie was released we'd have a BIG LEBOWSKI calendar up behind our counter?). Lastly, Friday, March 26th marks the highly anticipated theatrical release of the film with the most awesome title since SNAKES ON A PLANE. I'm speaking of course of HOT TUB TIME MACHINE starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson as gentlemen who are enjoying a soak the titular device when they're magically whisked back to the 80s. Our hopes aren't up too high for this one, but Roger Ebert enjoyed it so we're optimistic we will too. Happy viewing.