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This week's movies, and the rest of this week's movies

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Head Games
  • Head Games
Sometimes the film section is jammed with coverage—long essay-style reviews, extensive sidebars on festivals, boxes recommending new releases. Then there's this week. Well, you can't accuse us of shirking; we have reviews of 13 new releases, and rather than blow through them in a single paragraph, I think I'll list them one by one so this post seems longer.

Can, screening Sunday and Monday at Gene Siskel Film Center, is a Turkish drama about a childless couple who buy an infant on the black market.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, revisits the career of the Vogue fashion writer. It opens today at Music Box.

Head Games, the latest from documentary master Steve James (Hoop Dreams, Stevie, At the Death House Door), looks at the emerging scandal of brain trauma in contact sports. It plays for one week only at Film Center, with James attending screenings on Friday and Sunday.

Hotel Transylvania
  • Hotel Transylvania
Hotel Transylvania, sort of a Mad Monster Party for the new millennium, collects Count Dracula (Adam Sandler), the werewolf (Steve Buscemi), the mummy (Cee-Lo Green), and the rest of the gang at a plush resort where they can just hang (whom, I'm not sure).

House at the End of the Street stars Elisabeth Shue and Jennifer Lawrence as a mother and daughter, respectively, who move into a new home and discover that the house next door hides terrible secrets.

How I Ended This Summer, screening tonight and Saturday at Film Center, is a low-boiling Russian drama about two meteorologists clashing with each other on a desolate polar station in the Arctic; it won the Gold Hugo at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival.

Lou Harrison: A World of Music
  • Lou Harrison: A World of Music
Looper, the latest from Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hit man ordered to assassinate an older version of himself transported back from the future (Bruce Willis—if I were Gordon-Levitt, I'd have lobbied for Richard Gere).

Lou Harrison: A World of Music, with shows Saturday and Monday at Film Center, profiles the avant-garde composer who married Eastern and Western musical traditions.

Love Likes Coincidences, another Turkish import screening at Film Center, is a romance about an actress and a photographer who fall in love and then discover their paths have crossed many times before.

Snowmans Land
  • Snowman's Land
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an adaptation of the young-adult novel about high school misfits, was written and directed by the novelist himself, Stephen Chbosky; the kids are played by Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Logan Lerman.

Pitch Perfect, with Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, and Rebel Wilson, is a comedy about college women who form an a capella group to compete in a national competition.

Snowman's Land, a crime comedy from Germany, recycles the premise of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, with two hit men killing time at a mountain lodge as they await their next job.

And Vulgaria, another in the series of Asian imports rolling through town at River East 21, is a Hong Kong comedy about a producer who'll stop at nothing to bankroll his latest movie.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best bets for repertory: Bernardo Bertolucci's Before the Revolution (1964), tonight at Block Museum of Art; John Carpenter's Dark Star (1974), Wednesday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Sunday morning at Facets Cinematheque, with a discussion afterward featuring yours truly and James W. Anderson, professor of clinical psychology at Northwestern; Howard Hawks's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Friday and Tuesday at Film Center, with a lecture by Fred Camper at the second show; Robert Bresson's Pickpocket (1959), Monday at Doc; and Jack Conway's Red-Headed Woman (1932), with matinees Saturday and Sunday at Music Box.

Two special events you should know about, though I'm guessing few people will show up at both: Chicago Horror Film Festival is a three-day blowout of independent horror flicks, and Audre Lord's Cultural Legacy, a symposium on the African-American poet that includes screenings of the documentaries Audre Lord: The Berlin Years 1984-1992 and The Edge of Each Other's Battles: The Vision of Audre Lord.

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