Sing (2016)-animation film

Sing is a 2016 American computer-animated musical-comedy film featuring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Hudson and many more. It was released on December 21st by Universal Pictures. “Sing” was released in Canada on September 11th through Toronto Film Festival. The movie personifies different animals with different personal attributes.
The movie starts with a koala bear, called Moon, trying to save his theatre with a singing competition. When printing out the flyers, instead of $1,000 koala’s assistant manager accidentally typed $100, 000 (extra two zeroes) which highly encouraged animals from all over the city to gather for audition with high hopes and dreams. Koala doesn’t realize the mistake until a friend of his shows him the flyer. After the audition, about 5 solo singers have been chosen to sing at the final competition. All these singers have different background and different obstacles that they overcome to participate in the competition. After realizing the mistake, Moon did not want to upset anyone. So, he decided to keep the mistake a secret. Will he be able to tell them the truth, and will the competition go on?

Liked or disliked and would recommend or not?

We liked the movie because it had an important lesson to it that is: “keep working hard to pursue your dream”. However, the movie could’ve been more creative, it seemed too simple. Definitely recommend to watch as a family.

Smoking in the movie?

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Yes, there was tobacco in the movie! Moon was smoking when he was feeling sad that his theatre was in trouble. However, smoking wasn’t necessary to show that moon was upset at all!

Movie review by: Tarneem Afify, Lamar Afify and Sal Sabila

La La Land



Movie Title: La La Land

Movie Critic: Jenny Bui

Movie Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance Musical

Ontario Movie Rating: PG-13

Opening Date: December 16, 2016

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt

Director: Damien Chazelle

General age of people in the theatre: 20yrs+

Tobacco Use: several instances (<10) throughout the movie (cigarettes)

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La La Land is a musical about a relationship unfolding between two artists, an aspiring actress and an aspiring jazz musician, who happen to cross paths at just the right moments in time. Throughout the movie, the audience will come to discover that this is more than just a romance flick at surface level—there are themes strongly linked to bravery and perseverance.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are one of my favourite on-screen couples and I believe that their compatibility truly shines through in this movie, especially during the magical scenes where they’ve perfected synchronized dance routines in tap dancing shoes! I’m also not the type of person to choose a musical as one of my top movie options, but watching La La Land was definitely a game-changer (disclaimer: this is coming from someone who last watched the High School Musical series) and a choice that I do not regret in the slightest.

The presence of tobacco use occurs several times (<10) throughout the movie and involves background characters smoking cigarettes. In one scene, there appeared to be an individual smoking amongst a small crowd of non-smokers. This movie does not show the real health effects and consequences of secondhand smoke, which is a very important issue to discuss because the aftermath of secondhand smoke exposure is largely misinformed and considered underwhelming compared to firsthand smoke. After witnessing that scene, I felt discomforted because the portrayal of secondhand smoke was not taken seriously. I have no doubt in mind that the audience wouldn’t have minded if the smoking was removed from that scene because the primary focus was on the main characters and the developing story line. Overall, the occurrence of smoking in this movie was largely unnecessary and I would strongly encourage movie-goers to think about the real health effects and consequences of smoking while watching.

Masterminds – Video Review

Rating: PG13

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Director: Jared Hess

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis

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Good Night and Good Luck – en francais



Classification du film en Ontario: PG

Date d’ouverture: 2005

Réalisateur: George Clooney

Vedettes: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels

Critique du film: Madeleine Asselin


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Récemment, j’ai visionné le film Good Night and Goo d Luck réalisé par George Clooney,
et introduit au public en 2005. Ce documentaire-fiction met en vedette Robert Downey Jr.,
George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson et David Strathairn. Le film est classifié PG pour l’usage du
tabac (cigarettes et cigares) et le fumage à la chaîne.

Le film se déroule aux États Unis au début des années 50 et discute du communisme et
des menaces que cette idéologie représentait aux yeux des américains. Les caractères
principaux sont le journaliste Edward R. Murrow de CBS et son producteur Fred W. Friendly qui
décident d’exposer un sénateur puissant Joseph McCarthy pour ses actions controverses relié
à ses tentatives d’incriminer tout communistes. En retour, le sénateur accuse les reporteurs
d’alliance aux organisations communistes, ce qui a un grand effet sur leurs carrières et vie
personnelle. Cependant, ils tiennent à leurs convictions pour faire tomber l’un des sénateurs les
plus controversés du temps.

Good Night and Good Luck est un bon film éducatif et très intéressant. Robert Elswit, le
directeur de photographie a fait preuve de talent cinématographique dans le tournage de ce
film. Cette période à affecter plusieurs Américains, donc il est profitable de s’informer à son
sujet. Par contre le film semblait être un peu trop long et si on ne connaît pas quelques
informations de bases de cet événement, il est facile de se mélanger. Je le recommande aux
plus vieux avec un intérêt dans les politiques.

Le tabagisme est un élément majeure dans le film Good Night and Good Luck. Les
personnages, surtout des hommes entre leurs vingtaine et quarantaine, avaient toujours une
cigarette entre les doigts ou dans la bouche. Ils avaient une deuxième cigarette d’allumer avant
même que la première soit terminée. Les comédiens fumaient principalement durant des temps
stressants ou pour célébrer les réussites. Le fumage ne joue pas un gros rôle dans l’intrigue
mais il est important dans la mise en scène puisque l’histoire se déroule dans les années 1950.
La fumée de la cigarette était souvent exagérée pour créer un effet mystérieux et attrayant. Le
film présente aucunement les effets et les conséquences du tabac sur la santé de soi.
En conclusion, le film Good Night and Good Luck est un film traitant sur la crise du
communisme aux États-Unis. Cette production est parfaite pour les passionnés de politique,
mais il faut se méfier de l’usage excessif du tabac.




Rating: PG13

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Director: Jared Hess

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis

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Reviewer: Darcie

Masterminds is a 2016 America Comedy film based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina. The film is directed by Jared Hess and written by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey. The film stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis. The movie is rated PG in Canada. It premiered in Los Angeles on September 26, 2016. The film received mixed reviews and has grossed over $19 million.

In the film David Ghantt is stuck driving an armored truck day in and day out. David has the heist of his lifetime when his crush, Kelly Campbell, lures him into something big.

What I liked most about the movie is that almost every scene kept me entertained and laughing.

Masterminds isn’t a smoke free movie. It has 5 small and subtle scenes that had smoking in it. The tobacco imagery wasn’t used it to build character. They could have used something other than smoking for the scenes.

I would personally recommend anyone from 15 or older to watch this funny movie.


Reviewer: Allysha MacFarlane

The movie Masterminds is a 2016 American crime/comedy film about a man named David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis, who is stuck in the monotony of driving a truck that holds millions of dollars day in and day out. His crush, Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig), lures him into the heist of a lime time. Of course David is all in for it. David managed to steal 17 million dollars with an absurdly flawed plan.

The film was directed by Jared Hess, written by Chris Bowman, Hubbel Palmer and Emily Spivey, and produced by John Goldwyn and Lorne Michaels.

This movie was rated PG and was originally supposed to be released in July of 2015, but due to financial problem, was released in 2016. It premiered in Los Angeles on September 26th of 2016. Critics rated the movie as mediocre, but I personally thought it was really funny and worth seeing.

What I like most about the film is there wasn’t a time where I wasn’t laughing and enjoying myself. As much as it made me laugh, I really don’t think it should be rated PG as there is a lot of profanity and murder attempts. I was expecting a really stupid and mediocre show. However, it turned out to be very good.

Masterminds was not a smoke free movie, but tobacco imagery wasn’t showed throughout the whole movie and, when it was, it wasn’t very noticeable. Mind you, they could have done without the subtle cigarettes and cigars scenes.

Overall is was a great movie and I would recommend it to people over the age of 15.


Reviewer: Jenna and Jordain

Summary: This movie was based on a true story retelling America’s biggest heist that took place in 1997 at Loomis Fargo in North Carolina.

Review: Funny movie with good humor. The actors were able to really portray their characters making it realistic yet interesting. It was a fun twist to a real life story which is pleasant to watch. We would recommend seeing this movie but considering content, not for kids.

Tobacco Presence: In this movie there were 5 scenes with tobacco presence. Considering the era and the characters, the movie portrayed less use than we would have thought. Two situations has the presence but not in use. In these situations is was inside on a table or desk. The other situations tobacco was being used were in the background smoking, one in North Carolina and one in Mexico. The other was inside their home. In all situations tobacco was NOT needed to set the scene or build characters.




The Girl On the Train



The Girl on the Train – Mystery/Thriller – 14A

Director: Tate Taylor

Stars: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson


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Tobacco Use:

The was one scene in the entire movie that had smoking. It was a group of guys smoking cigarettes.


Summary of Movie:

The Girl on the Train is about a divorced woman who gets caught up in a missing persons investigation. She takes a train into work every day that passes by her old house and she sees a lot of things. She gets tangled up in the neighbourhood case which turns her life upside down.


The Review:

The film was very interesting and kept you on your toes. It wasn’t predictable and I would definitely recommend it to friends.


The Tobacco Presence:

In the movie there was a group of guys smoking who looked like they were in their 20’s. They were strangers walking in a tunnel, and they blew their smoke into the main actress’s (Rachel) face who was distraught and lost. I don’t think the smoking was necessary because there are other ways the movie could have portrayed the message. The whole idea I think was to make Rachel feel like she was irrelevant and I think that could’ve been done by other actions such as spitting? I would not notice if smoking was taken out of the movie. I thought the guys smoking were rude. The movie did not show any real health effects or consequences of tobacco use.

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Movie Critic: Isra Ahmed
Movie Genre: Adventure and Fantasy
Opening Date: September 30, 2016
Director: Tim Burton
Movie Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Ontario Movie Rating: PG
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson
General age of people in the theatre: 20-30s

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Tobacco use: Quite a bit especially in the first half of the movie Mostly used pipes/cigars

Summary: The main character is a teenage boy who fit in at school and thus doesn’t have any friends. This movie takes us on a journey where he finds out the reason why he never fit in and becomes part of a family of other kids who have incredible powers just like him.

Review: This film is good and I liked the effects and the scenery is quite stunning. Most of the actors are okay but Eva Green, Ella Purnell and Finlay MacMillan gave the most memorable performances. The first half is quite slow and doesn’t do a good job at going deep into any of the character’s personalities or making them more relatable either so it’s hard to overlook. I didn’t like how it only picks up an hour into
the movie. The ending felt rushed as well and left majority of the audience feeling confused. Overall, I would recommend just staying home to watch this movie.

Tobacco Presence:
Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) does all the smoking and she is the face of the movie as well as the one responsible for taking care of the children. In the scenes with smoking, she is on the grounds of their large home and one of the children were usually nearby which bothered me because that smoke is obviously bad for their health and their caretaker should not be so close to them while smoking. The children don’t show any reaction but at certain times it is literally in their face so that just made me want to get up and wave it away for them.
The brand of cigars is not shown and it’s usually covered by her fingers or the smoke so it was hard to tell what she was smoking. I believe it was very unnecessary and only there to make her seem older, wiser and more authoritative. The movie would have been better without the smoking and would have probably forced Tim Burton to give her character more depth which would have been better for the whole movie.
Unfortunately, the movie does not show any negative health effects or consequences and it makes the smoking look like a normal thing that older and wiser people do. In my opinion, that is very wrong.




Movie Title: Snowden

Movie Critic: Jenny Bui

Movie Genre: Drama/Thriller (based on a true story)

Ontario Movie Rating: 14A

Opening Date: September 16, 2016

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, Nicholas Cage

Director: Oliver Stone

General age of people in the theatre: 20yrs+

Tobacco Use: ~3 instances throughout the movie (cigarettes, cigars)

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This movie is based on a series of factual events that reveal the life of Edward Snowden (who is still alive and seeking asylum somewhere in Russia) and how he came to be at the forefront of the world stage. In a nutshell, Snowden is a computer/IT professional who worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States and upon learning top-secret information about illegal surveillance within the National Security Agency (NSA), he subsequently leaked this to the public. Controversy regarding the repercussions of his actions is still very well alive and universally widespread, despite his obvious intentions as a whistleblower.

What initially drew me into this movie was, truthfully, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (why yes, I do consider myself a member of his fangirl club). I thought he portrayed the real-life Edward Snowden really well, and despite the technicality of the nature of some of the computer programming scenes, there was enough suspense for the entire audience to get hooked. I’m glad that this movie went mainstream and I recommend everybody to watch it because it stimulates the discussion surrounding privacy and transparency, especially when it comes to those who sit in a position of higher power.

The presence of tobacco use can be directly observed in scenes featuring secondary characters. More notably, Nicholas Cage is considered a retired mentor, who Snowden meets by chance when he begins working at the CIA. Although the encounters between him and Snowden were sparse throughout the movie, the two scenes in which he was smoking was not of significance and it seems as if the cigarette was used merely as an accessory. For example, in one scene Cage is seen smoking a cigarette in his home and when he sees information about the US government’s surveillance methods being leaked on national television, he takes the cigarette out of his mouth in astonishment. Another occurrence involved a nameless character with no apparent reason to be smoking a cigar other than to serve as a background prop. The smoking appears to be largely unnecessary in these scenes involving minor characters and I would not have noticed at all if it were to be taken out of the movie.




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