It's like an Easter egg hunt at the movies this weekend, with a bunch of new titles in a wide range of topics and quality.
The best this week is over at the Broadway Centre Cinemas: "Under the Skin," an eerie and beautiful thriller that follows an alien female (Scarlett Johansson) driving around Scotland trying to seduce lonely human men. Director Jonathan Glazer ("Birth," "Sexy Beast") creates some haunting images in a spare, nearly wordless narrative — and Johansson is arresting as an alien slowly gaining empathy for humanity.
The weekend's big studio movie is "Transcendence," a high-tech thriller starring Johnny Depp as a computer genius who uploads his conscienceness into an artificial-intelligence mainframe. The movie has a glossy look, but falls apart emotionally — largely because Depp's performance is lacking in humanity in a story that desperately needs it.