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The Other Woman ★★★

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Cast: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kate Upton, Nicki Minaj

Carly (Cameron Diaz) is a career-driven singleton who doesn’t know the man she is dating, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is married until she turns up at his house dressed up to help ‘fix’ his plumbing.  At first Carly wants nothing to do with her or her problems but after one crazy night they gradually warm towards each other.

Kate Upton plays Amber, the third person and Mark’s latest squeeze and soon after the newest recruit in Kate and Carly’s mission.  All three women team up to plot some revenge on Mark.  Amber at first is the butt of some jokes but soon becomes fast friends with them.  While they figure out a plan to get him back, they get a few cheap laughs by tricking Mark.

Nicki Minaj is slightly underused in this film and doesn’t have a massive role.  Cameron Diaz was hilarious; however the person who really made this film was Leslie Mann who was nothing short of brilliant.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments throughout the film.  If you are looking for a great chick flick, this is a good one to watch and very funny.

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Transcendence ★★★

Director: Wally Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman

Johnny Depp plays Will Castor, a scientist who has his consciousness replicated and put online. The digitalised version of him looks like him, talks like him and has his memories.

Will and his wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) are close to a major breakthrough in their efforts to create a artificial intelligence that can feel emotions and be self-aware.  A rebel group who is against what they doing kills anyone involved in what they are doing and leave Will with lethal radiation poisoning that will eventually kill him.

Desperate to save him, Evelyn finds a way to upload Will’s consciousness to the system they created. It works and he is now in the system but Max believes that it isn’t Will’s true self, and might in fact be something more dangerous and insists that they shut it down.  But Evelyn who wants to save her husband puts him online and he begins to start spiralling out of control and becomes hungry for power and changing the world but not in the way everyone else believes is for the better.

“Transcendence” is a movie that had big ideas and could have been something much more.  It’s a film about man versus machine and has ideas similar to those before.  It’s a bit slow-paced and doesn’t have a lot in the way in action and it’s nice to see Johnny Depp in a role different to what he’s been bringing out recently.  It’s a nice little sci-fi film but don’t expect too much from this one.

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