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Friday: Bears, aliens and big-brain Johnny Depp

Long before we get into the summer season of blockbuster wannabes, area movie fans have the chance to enjoy the flow of smaller films that drift in and (sometimes too quickly) out of area theaters. Other than "Heaven Is for Real," which was delayed from last Friday and opens locally on Wednesday, Friday is the day to anticipate.

The week's openings:

"Haunted House 2": In the long line of comedy spoofs, this sequel to last year's original features a mixed-race couple (Marlon Wayans and Jaime Pressly) dealing with the spirits haunting their new house. Gird your loins for a few jokes based on, uh, stereotypes?

"Le Week-End": Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star as an aging British couple who attempt to revive their marriage by revisiting the site of their honeymoon: Paris. Oh la la.

"Transcendence" (IMAX and regular, no 3D): Johnny Depp's mind gets downloaded onto a computer. God help us all.

"Under the Skin": Scarlett Johansson, clothed and unclothed, plays an alien seductress who feasts on unwary souls in Scotland. Question is, would this be heaven or hell?

"Bears": Another trademark Disney nature documentary, this one focusing on a mother and cubs striving to survive in Alaska. Just wondering, what do bears think of fracking?

And at the Magic Lantern:

"Ernest & Celestine": This animated feature, based on the books by the late author-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent, follows the story of a bear named Ernest and his little mouse friend Celestine. Not just for kids.

"The Lunchbox": Says IMDB, "A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox." So, the subtitle should be "Hungry for Love"?