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Home Movies: ‘Whiteout,’ ‘Edge of Darkness’ and ‘Daybreakers’ Find Demons in Our Midst

Kate Beckinsale is rarely acknowledged as an action star whose credentials in the genre rival Sigourney Weaver’s, but she should be.

She held off wolves, vampires and assorted snarling lowlifes in Underworld (2003) and its underrated sequel, Evolution (2006). She forcefully avoided becoming the star of Frank Whaley’s next snuff film in the scrappy thriller Vacancy (2007). And early in Whiteout, long before she’s called on to tame a masked killer, she gamely hops in the shower, dutifully pandering to her male demographic.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

North America's longest-running celebration of cinema is over, but the city's indie theaters have a cure for your post-festival blues. So if you're disinclined to fight the crowds flocking to this weekend's hottest new release, Iron Man 2, there are plenty of worthy alternatives currently in rotation at a big screen near you.

Classical Roundup: Bach to Zoyres

Brandenburg Concertos

Bach tossed in every available orchestral instrument when he composed the Brandenburg Concertos, a canny move that was labeled daring by his contemporaries and possibly cemented his status as the James Dean of Baroque. The following two hundred years mellowed the Brandenburg Concertos into beloved classics - and the newly minted string ensemble Archetti's eloquent performance is just in time for Mother's Day. Assuming your mom is into rebellion, 18th Century-style.

May 9-10, 3 p.m. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness. Tickets are $32-42 at (415) 392-4400.

The Week in Local Music News

Outside Lands scales back to two days; the L.A. Times ogles over the festival's endless food options [via L.A. Times Music Blog]

Local shoegazers Weekend shred faces at Rickshaw Stop [via The Bay Bridged]

Hipster Runoff questions the authenticity/meaningfulness of SF's recently launched Craft Bar [via Hipster Runoff]

San Francsico based krautrock-revivalist Tussle and Brooklyn's hyped duo Javelin host a danceathon at Rickshaw Stop [SF Weekly All Shook Down]

Red hot locals Man/Miracle play the Fillmore and release a new video [Via Ears of The Beholder and Spinner]

San Francisco rising folk favorite Emily Jane White gets the Pitchfork stamp of approval [via Pitchfork]

Shawn at Katarokkar announces the return of his comedy/indie-rock hybrid night Snob Theater [via Katarokkar]

Wallpaper get the Yours Truly treatment before their scheduled Independent appearance tonight [via Yours Truly]

Spotted: Chinatown Going to Great Measures to Preserve Banksy's Art

I came upon the Banksy piece that dwells on Commercial Street in Chinatown this past weekend, and boy was it hard to miss. There were bunches of elderly people taking a gander at the thing, taking photos in front of it and discussing it fervently. What I couldn't help noticing was the fact that local residents had drilled a panel of plastic over it along with a cautionary sign to prevent would-be intruders from tagging over it. Way to preserve this work of art for the rest of us, Chinatowners! Now it's shielded from the elements as well as sneaky kids looking for the glory of defacing a Banksy piece.

‘Iron Man 2’ Explores the Lighter Side of Being a Celebrity Superhero

Tony Stark may be self-obsessed and troubled by mortal thoughts – rightly so, considering the mechanical heart that’s keeping him alive is slowly polluting his body with lethal toxins – but he’s no Bruce Wayne. As played by Robert Downey Jr., he combines a sly sense of humor with natural showmanship. He enjoys being a superhero, and soaks up the spotlight with a narcissist’s glee.

It’s refreshing. Stark has a dark side, well-watered with cocktails, but he is hardly morose. He is intoxicated by the adoration of his fans, and tickled by the trappings of fame and obscene wealth. And he’s not afraid to toot his own horn. As he brags to a less-than-smitten Senate committee, “I have successfully privatized world peace.”

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