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Vincenzo Natali Makes Sex Dangerous Again in ‘Splice’

It sounds like the premise of a thousand monster movies: Brilliant but reckless scientists perform an ill-advised experiment, unleashing into the world a deadly beast. Havoc reigns. People die. Mankind once again pays the ultimate price for trying to play God.

The difference, in Vincenzo Natali’s chilling, cerebral Splice, is that the premise is handled with unusual restraint. Rather than embracing the sensational, Natali, who co-wrote the original story, seems more interested in the human drama that unfolds as two genetic engineers, played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, form a precarious bond with the creature their human-DNA experiment has produced.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The return of Japanese filmmaking master Akira Kurosawa to the big screen should be reason enough to abandon the beautiful sunshine for nearly three hours. If not, a strong weekend of debuts should sweeten the deal. As always, here's a list of some of the finest films currently playing at an indie theater near you.

Michael Douglas Revisits Past Glories with Renewed Vigor in ‘Solitary Man’

I have not yet seen Wall Street 2, Oliver Stone’s forthcoming sequel to the 1987 drama that introduced us to Michael Douglas’ Gordon Gekko, the reptilian stock-market overlord who coined the unofficial ’80s motto, “Greed is good.” But I cannot imagine a more fitting coda to Gekko’s saga than Brian Koppelman’s story of a down-on-his-luck car dealer nosediving to the nadir of a midlife crisis.

The Week in Local Music News

The tubes go crazy for Wallpaper and The Morning Bender's collaboration [via Hype Machine]

Tastemaker Weekly Tape Deck highlights rising local duo Craft Spells [via Weekly Tape Deck]

7x7's Best Of The City 2010 Party Photo Booth

We had a blast last night at our annual Best of the City party at Ghirardelli Square. The weather couldn't have been better and it was great to see all of our 2010 Best of the City picks together in one spot. Wallpaper (a Best of the City Arts & Entertainment pick) heated up the dance floor and Peaches, our Pet Poll winner, melted hearts with her cuteness. Check out photos from the photo booth below!

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