Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Reviewer: Bryce Rusank

Movie Title: The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Genre: Action/Post Apocalypse

Rating: PG

Opening date: Sep 18 2015

Starring:Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee,Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosa Salazar, Dexter Darden, Jacob Lofland, Will Poulter, Katherine McNamara, Alexander Flores, Terry Parks, Kathryn Smith McGlynn, Matthew T Metzler, Alan Tudyk, Jenny Gabrielle, David House, Lora Cunningham, Luke Gallegos, Shawn Prince

Director: Wes Ball

Audience: 13-40

Tobacco use:

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Summary:

Transported to a remote fortified outpost, Thomas and his fellow teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization WCKD. With help from a new ally, the Gladers stage a daring escape into the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Hand, a group of resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD.

I liked the fact that the movie is played completely in the perspective of Thomas just like in the books. I did not like the fact that there is little plot development in the movie. I would recommend this movie to others. The absence of tobacco did not in fact effect the movie at all. The absence of tobacco made the characters more believable because this dystopian society is messed up enough without tobacco related illness (cancer etc) The makers of the movie probably decided to leave the presence of tobacco out of the movie because the plot would be affected also the presence of tobacco could have been overlooked because maybe the makers personal views may involve anti tobacco.

The Perfect Guy

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Movie Critic: Denique Reid

Title: The Perfect Guy

Movie Genre: Thriller

Opening Date: September 11th 2015

Director:  David M. Rosenthal

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

Ontario Movie Rating: PG-14

General Age of People in Theatre:  Adults aged 20-30 years old.
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It is noted that the movie played during the weekday afternoon. It is believed that older teenagers would have also attended later that day. No tobacco was used throughout the movie

After breaking-up with her long time boyfriend Leah, a professional woman with a great life meets a perfect gentleman. He’s charming, polite, and passionate. So much so it almost seems too good to be true.

The film was very suspenseful, with great acting on the part of the cast. I like how the array of personal relationships the main character had with her friends and family was displayed, it was a pleasure to watch. I was surprised with the level of violence and I didn’t appreciate it as much. By the end of the movie I was really turned off from all of the violence. The movie also lacked the traditional twist found at the end of most movies of the thriller genre. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who is sensitive to violence.

There was no tobacco use in the movie, and the quality or believability of the plot and characters did not suffer for it. Some benefits of not having smoking depicted on screen include a more realistic depiction of various people from all walks of life, and situations who do not turn to tobacco for relief. This depiction helps to de-normalize tobacco use and is more in line with reality of society today. I believe that the movie makers behind The Perfect Guy chose to leave tobacco out of the movie due to the desire to keep the focus on the raw behaviour and psyche of the characters, which may be diluted in authenticity due to tobacco use. Also the stereotypical effect of relaxation that usually goes hand in hand with tobacco use in movies may also dilute the sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat tension that the movie was trying to convey.

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