Thor: The Dark World

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Movie Critic: Sam Graves, City of Hamilton, Unfiltered Facts
Movie Genre: Action & Adventure
Ontario Movie Rating: PG13
Opening Date: November 8th 2013 in Canada
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Director: Alan Taylor
Tobacco Use: None

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Thor is once again embarking on a journey to save not only Asgard, and the other realms but also his love, Jane Foster. In Thor: The Dark World, Loki returns but is it for the good for Asgard?
I can honestly say Thor: The Dark World was incredible. I went into the movie being concerned that it was not going to live up to my expectations and it blew them out of the water! With all of the superhero movies coming out, the plots of saving of earth can appear similar. The entire film, I was on the edge of my seat trying to guess what was coming. I would recommend this film to not only comic book fans but to everyone; I mean who doesn’t love Chris Hemsworth with long hair!
There was no smoking in this film. The characters whether good or evil, were very realistic without having to use smoking as an aid.
I beseech Thor: The Dark World two big thumbs up for entertainment value and for not have any smoking or tobacco products.

Carrie

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Movie critic: Lacey Davies, City of Hamilton, Unfiltered Facts
Movie Genre: horror
Ontario movie rating: R
Opening date: October, 17, 2013
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Tobacco use: No

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Carrie is a homely outcast high school girl, who has had telekinetic powers since birth and lives with her over protective and very religious mother. However, when Carrie becomes severally tormented and bullied by her peers she tries to inhibit her powers until she hits her breaking point on prom night; caused by a cruel and unforgiving trick.
Overall I would say that the movie was good, and very enjoyable. In addition, Carrie effectively portrays realistic behavior of paranoia and pain caused by those around her, instantly making it one of my favorite aspects of the movie. People who have been severely bullied throughout their life often have trust issues and are scared of the unknown; this was demonstrated perfectly and had me wanting to reach out and help Carrie throughout the entire movie. Although the pain and frustration that Carrie was going through was demonstrated well, I found that the movie also focused on the mother, and how she was harming herself, way more then it needed to. This movie was a remake of the 1976 Carrie, in which Carrie’s mother was overly protective, and very religious, to the point where she no longer cared about Carrie and was only concerned with her relationship to God, making certain parts of the movie focus more on the mother instead of what Carrie was dealing with. That being said, I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes horror movies and still wants a touch of reality; this movie can really make you realize just how hard a person’s life can be both at home, and at school.
Throughout the movie I realized that the onscreen smoking in 1976 version of Carrie had been removed. The presence and social norms around tobacco use have changed greatly since 1976 and the move remake also evolved to reflect this. I also found it very enjoyable that they did not try to make the main characters seem cool by having them smoke; the guys lacrosse team were just the guys on the lacrosse team, the girls remained in the cool group simply because they were dating guys on the Lacrosse team, not because they smoked.
I give the 2013 version of Carrie 4/5 due to the fact that the movie was 100% realistic but I would have enjoyed it more if they had focused more on how the over protectiveness, and over religious aspects of her mother affected Carrie instead of how it effected the mother allowing her to participate in self harming acts.

Lone Survivor

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Critic: Alex
Movie genre: War / Drama / Biography
Ontario Movie Rating : 14A
Opening date: January 10th 2014
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana
Director: Peter Berg
Tobacco Use: None

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Based on the true story and novel by Marcus Luttrell, Lone Survivor recounts “Operation Red Wings”, a military mission by U.S. Navy Seals to assassinate Al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd.
Lone Survivor’s true calling card is it’s absolute realism, and unflinching depictions of the true events of four American Navy Seals. As a War movie, there is an expected level of violence, but not so much that it distracts the viewer from the film. The characters are all represented very powerfully, and the results are fantastic. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes true stories, or war films, with the only detractor being the high level of graphic violence which could put some off of the film.
There was tobacco use in the film by an extra. I was very happy however, that none of the main characters in the film used tobacco. This film is a perfect example of how a director can develop masculine, powerful heroes without the use of tobacco products.

American Hustle

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Movie Critic: Emily
Movie genre: Crime/Drama
Ontario Movie Rating: 14 A
Opening date: December 2013
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Director: David O. Russell
Tobacco use: Yes, countless impressions.

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American Hustle is nominated for Best Picture (although it is not my pick), actor Christian Bale is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for this film and Amy Adams for Best Actress in a Leading Role, among other nominations.
Con artist, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), along with his partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is blackmailed into working for rogue FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) to bring down a string of crooked Politian’s and even the mafia.
The best part of this film was by far the all-star cast. The acting was amazing! The story was a bit slow moving and there wasn’t any particular character that you were rooting for because they were all villains in their own right. However it was exciting to watch the plot unfold and it had its moments of suspense and tension.
What was really disappointing about this film was the amount of tobacco use. Maybe the director was trying to capture the spirit of 70’s or perhaps illustrate the devious nature of the cast, but I feel the smoking was complete unnecessary. The amazing acting done by the entire cast was enough to develop any fictional character convincingly. And the costumes, the hairdos and the set were so well done that excessive tobacco use definitely wasn’t necessary to portray a feeling of 70’s New York. It was also really disappointing to see Jennifer Lawrence smoking throughout the entire film. She is obviously a huge role model to so many young people and it was a shame that she would agree to smoke so much in a youth rated film.
Overall this film was so well made and casted that it did not need tobacco. It did not add at all to the film or the acting.

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