Legend of Tarzan

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Movie Critic: Amandi Perera

Movie Title: The Legend of Tarzan

Movie genre: Action/Adventure

Ontario Movie Rating: PG

Opening Date: July 1, 2016

Starring: Alexander Skarsgrd, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: David Yates

General age of people in theatre: Age 16-adults

Tobacco Use: No tobacco use

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The Legend of Tarzan is about a man named John Clayton III, whose epic story has led him to live life as a lord in England with his wife. After his parents’ death as a child, he grows up in the jungle with a gorilla family that takes care of him as one of their own. In this jungle home, he is known as Tarzan and meets his future wife, Jane Porter. After they become accustomed to their life in England, Tarzan is invited by the Belgian king Leopold to visit Africa and approve of what he has done to help the country of Congo. After some hesitation, he is convinced by an American named George Washington Williams to go, in suspicion of the King using illegal methods to help Belgium escape from debt. They then discover that an emissary for King Leopold named Rom is seeking to kidnap Tarzan and bring him to a tribal leader, in order to get diamonds.

Tarzan, Jane, George, and the animals of the jungle work together to expose King Leopold’s tactics and rediscover themselves in a place they once called home.

 

I was excited to see this film, as Disney’s version of Tarzan had armed me with high expectations after its beautiful animation and amazing soundtrack. The Legend of Tarzan became a continuation of the original story and surely had its share of assets. What I like most about the movie is the clips of scenic views of Gabon, a country in Central Africa. The production team and cast travelled there to film and the clips of the country’s landscape in the movie show that it was worth it. The cast was chosen very well also, as Tarzan and Jane were definitely not portrayed as one-dimensional and their epic love was amplified throughout the film. The use of flashbacks to show Tarzan’s past and the original story was also a good choice. The only thing I would have liked to see is fewer cliche moments. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is open to seeing the original Tarzan as a well filmed live-action continuation.

 

In The Legend of Tarzan, there was no tobacco use, and the absence of tobacco did not affect the plot or quality of the film. The characterization in this movie was well done without tobacco use, which emphasizes that it is not necessary. The decision to not have tobacco in the movie allows younger teen audiences to watch it and not be influenced. This allows any teen fans of the Disney version who want to see this continuation to do so without the unnecessary influence of tobacco being present.

The Secret Life of Pets

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by Tarnem Afify

The Secret Life of Pets is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy film about the lives of pets lead after their owners leave for work or school each day. The film is directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart, and is rated PG. It premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival on June 16, 2016 in the UK, and was theatrically released in Canada on July 8, 2016. It received generally positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $147 million worldwide.

Inside of a Manhattan apartment building, a quick-witted terrier named Max lives a pampered life with his owner Katie and hangs out with other pets like Chloe, Mel, Buddy, and Sweet Pea. Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down when his owner brings home Duke, a sloppy, massive mess of a mongrel with zero interpersonal skills. When this reluctant canine duo finds themselves out on the streets of New York, they have to set aside their differences and unite against a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball, who is building an army of Ex-Pets abandoned by their owners and out to turn the tables on humanity.

What I like the most about the movie is the creative imagination involved in making it and its special way of picturing how pets may behave while you are away. As much as the creativity impressed me, the movie’s story disappointed me. I was excepting a deeper conflict to be presented and greater lessons to be taught. However, I highly recommend the movie to all pets’ lovers.

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The secret Life of Pets is a smoke free movie. In fact, it does not include tobacco use at all in any of its forms. The absence of tobacco does not affect the quality of the movie or make the characters appear less believable. Instead, it leaves a good impression about the movie and its ability to illustrate that there is no need to use tobacco if one is feeling depressed and lost. The Secret Life of Pets is a great movie that can bring the family together.

X-Men Apocalypse Movie Review

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Reviewer: Matthew Gardiner

Opening date: May 16th 2016

Ontario Rating: PG

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman

General age of those in theatre: 20+

Tobacco use: One extra smoking a cigarette in an Egyptian market while selling carpets

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Summary: Thousands of years ago the first and most powerful Mutant, En Sabah Nur or Apocalypse, was worshipped as a god in Ancient Egypt before being trapped underground. In 1983 he rises again to reclaim his former empire, by destroying everything built over the last several thousand years. The new X-Men must stand up against a god in order to save the world yet again.

Review: I liked this film because it furthered the story that began in Days of Future Past and showed new and old characters in new lights. However, this movie took a long time to get to the actual plot and went into a lot of detail on the lives of the major characters while not going into detail on the newer characters. I would recommend this film to others who have followed the X-Men franchise, but not those who have not seen any of the other movies because they will get lost in the complex story without having seen the backstory.

Tobacco Presence: One middle-aged man in an Egyptian market stall selling his wares while a main character makes their way through to a secret location. The smoking was not necessary for the character because he lasted seconds on-screen, and nobody would notice if the character was not smoking because, again, he lasted a few seconds on screen. Since the extra had no role later in the movie, the effect of smoking was not shown. The absence of smoking from the movie had no effect on the plot or the characters. If anything the characters were more believable because most of them were teenagers and were not of age to smoke.

Now You See Me 2

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Movie Critic: Tirthesha Pandya
Movie title: Now you see me 2
Movie genre: Mystery & Suspense
Ontario Movie Rating (PG, PG14 etc.): PG13
Director: Jon M. Chu
General age of people in the theatre: All ages
Tobacco use (How often throughout the movie?): NO TOBACCO USE

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In this sequel, the illusionists known as the Four Horsemen return from their escape ending from Now you see me and obviously return with a jaw dropping performance mixed with spectacular stunts and antagonists who force them to use their talents for bad. The horsemen set off on a mission in hopes of clearing their names and exposing the corrupt behavior a man named Marby. The horsemen who are led by Dylan Rhodes face many challenges and hurdles which really reduce the success of their plans. Will they succeed? Watch the movie to find out, it’s totally worth the mind games!

I really enjoyed this movie because I personally love being fooled and mind blown but I also love discovering the logic or the truth behind the tricks and illusions. This movie blows your mind with the ”magic” then blows your mind even more after explaining the behind the scenes of the magic. I loved the engaging aspect of the film and the twists. I would hands down recommend both the films to anyone who is okay with feeling a little confused throughout the film. I do highly recommend watching the first film before the second as it builds the plot and it’s basically a continuation of the Horsemen’s journey.

One of the best thing about the film was the absence of tobacco. The lack of tobacco did not affect the plot or the quality of the movie. The characters did not seem less believable because there was no tobacco use. The no tobacco part of the movie is great as this movie attracts the teen audience which can affect them in a negative way. Most daily smoker’s start as teens so not having the tobacco influence on them through smoking on screen is always a thumbs up from me.

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