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Back to the reviews, we have capsules on six more new movies that are all probably better than Earth to Echo: Begin Again, the American debut from Irish director John Carney (Once); Deliver Us From Evil, the latest horror movie from Scott Derrickson (Sinister); the Brazilian documentary Elena, getting its first weeklong run at the Film Center after playing this year's Chicago Latino Film Festival; Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, a new documentary on the late writer and public intellectual; the nightmarish docudrama Nothing Bad Can Happen, the debut feature by German writer-director Katrin Gebbe; and Transformers: Age of Extinction, the latest Michael Bay-Hasbro Toys joint.
It's a good week for repertory screenings on 35-millimeter: the Music Box has James Cameron's Aliens (1986) on Friday and Saturday at midnight and the classic Warner Brothers musical 42nd Street (1933) on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM; Doc Films has John Landis's An American Werewolf in London (1981) on Saturday at 7 and 9:15 PM and Lewis Milestone's 1931 version of The Front Page (remade nine years later as His Girl Friday) on Thursday at 7 PM; the Siskel Film Center is showing Frantisek Vlacil's Marketa Lazarova (1966), one of the most celebrated Czech movies of all time, on Sunday at 2:30 PM and Wednesday at 6:30 PM, and Last Holiday (1950), part of the month-long series "The Light Side of Alec Guinness," on Saturday at 4:45 PM and Monday at 6 PM. The Lavender Hill Mob also screens in the series, on DCP, on Saturday at 3 PM and on Thursday at 6 PM. Lastly the Music Box is showing a new digital restoration of A Hard Day's Night all week, in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary.