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This weekend, Johnny Depp is artificial intelligence expert in 'Transcendence'

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A sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp, a horror parody, and a sweet documentary are among this Friday’s new theatrical releases. If you’re looking to spend some time at the movies this Easter weekend, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Read about this weekend’s new releases below, and leave a comment at the bottom letting us know what you’ll be watching.

Nationwide Releases

Transcendence”: This sci-fi movie directed by Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp as controversial genius Dr. Will Caster, who is working to create a machine that is intelligent but also features human emotions. As his quest for knowledge spirals out of control, Caster’s wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and friend Max (Paul Bettany) start to question whether they are doing the right thing. Runtime: 119 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality.

Bears”: This Disneynature documentary directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey and narrated by John C. Reilly follows an Alaskan brown bear family as they survive predators and the changing seasons, the two young cubs learning life lessons along the way. Runtime: 77 minutes. Rated G.

Heaven is For Real”: This drama directed by Randall Wallace follows a young boy named Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) who has a near-death experience and afterwards claims he visited heaven. His parents (Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly) struggle with the meaning of what happened as Colton talks about the things he saw, some of which happened before he was even born. Based on a true story. Runtime: 100 minutes. Rated PG for thematic material including some medical situations.

A Haunted House 2”: Directed by Michael Tiddes, this comedy sequel sees the return of Marlon Wayans as Malcolm, who remarried a mother of two kids after his girl Kisha dies in a car accident. But then weird, supernatural happenings begin plaguing Malcolm and his new family, and things get really strange when the newly revived Kisha comes to the neighborhood. Runtime: 87 minutes. Rated R for crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violent images.

Other movies opening in St. Louis:

· “2 States

· “Under the Skin

· “Dom Hemingway

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters:

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