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Theatrical round up for the first weekend of April

Spring is taking its sweet time springing, so take refuge from the clouds and chill this weekend and stay inside with a good movie.  Our Used Sale Blowout starts Friday, with all VHS & Laserdiscs just $.50 and all DVDs & Blu-rays are 50% off if you're looking to buy good movies for cheap. If you need to get out of the house, here's what's playing this weekend & beyond in some of our fine theaters around town: SIFF Cinema has THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY-or Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. But this isn't just a screening of the Lisbeth Salinder saga. These are extended versions of the story with nearly two hours of new material. Each of the films is now divided in to two 90-minute parts. You can see Episodes 1 & 2 on Friday, then on Saturday or Sunday you can marathon through all six. If that's a bit too much for one day, you can see them in two episode chunks through the week. On Monday, SIFF has a special presentation of  THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED, the landmark 1926  silent silhouette animation by Lotte Reiniger, with a live score performed by Miles and Karina. If you're a fan of silent films (as you should be),  Trader Joe's SILENT MOVIE MONDAYS returns at the Paramount Theater on April 2nd. The first film is IT (1927) starring Clara Bow, with live accompaniment by organist Joe Riggs on the Mighty Wurlitzer.  Aside from just getting their liquor license, there's a lot going on at this week at Northwest Film Forum. It starts with Chilean director Patrico Guzman's NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, a meditative exploration of history of Chile set against the barren backdrop the Atacama Desert.  Over the weekend you can also see Guzman's THE BATTLE OF CHILE PART 1-3 a vivid, groundbreaking document of the last months of Salvador Allende's Popular Unity government. Also playing this week at NWFF is  THE TIME THAT REMAINS,  Elia Suleiman's, "beautiful, unique and deeply personal depiction of Palestine in the 60 years since 1948," inspired in part by Suleiman's father's diaries.  On Saturday, NWFF and Brown Paper Tickets present a screening of Yosuke Fujita's  indie comedy FINE TOTALLY FINE, with all proceeds going to Support Japan GAMBARE to aid in relief efforts in Japan.  Also on Saturday, Third Eye Cinema presents is THE INDIAN BOUNDARY LINE, a study of history and its relation to landscapes, specifically the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis line that divided the US and "Indian Territory" by local filmmaker Thomas Comerford, who will be in attendance. Central Cinema's week starts with Errol Flynn in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD and the psychedelic Japanese horror of HAUSU (which we've got on Criterion DVD if you're scared to watch it in public).  Monday brings the Collide-O-Scope "Musical Massacre"  with the "best and worse moments in film history."  Tuesday has THE WRAITH in HeckleVision with your witty texts appearing on screen (it stars Charlie Sheen, so those texts will pretty much write themselves) and IFC Midnight's WE ARE WHAT WE ARE.  Wednesday brings another TV Dinner and the conclusion of the PRIDE AND PREJUDICE mini-series starring Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet and Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Does Part II include this part, or did I miss it? Then on Thursday, there's another opportunity to experience THE ROOM. Lastly, we extend our warmest congratulations to the good folks at Grand Illusion Cinema as they celebrate their 8th Anniversary. Friday night they'll be celebrating with drinks, snacks, prizes, and a lovely 35mm print of Jean Renoir's 1939 masterpiece of French cinema, THE RULES OF THE GAME. Tickets for Friday night's party are available here, and you can see RULES OF THE GAME through Thursday.  The grindhouse creature feature SLITHIS returns in the Late Night spot. And while you're in the neighborhood, remember Cinema Books are having a 20% OFF everything sale through April 2nd. Happy viewing and reading to all.

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