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.






Movie Genre:  Biography / Drama

Opening date: September 9th 2016

Director: Clint Eastwood

Reviewer: David Huang





Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles are commercial airline pilots flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport  en route to Charlotte Douglas International Airpot.  In an unpredictable turn of events, a flock of birds collide with both of the plane’s engines, damaging them both heavily and leaving the plane without thrust. With no other viable options, Sully opts to land the plane in the Hudson River and miraculously saves the lives of all 155 passengers and crew on board. Following the incident, Sully and Jeff find themselves overwhelmed by the press, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a formal inquiry launched by the National Transportation Safety Board to determine whether it was pilot error or an unavoidable accident.

Director Clint Eastwood tells the story of US Airways Flight 1549 in a way that enables the audience to connect with Captain Sully and his co-pilot. Although dramatic in its nature, the film has well-timed moments comedic relief.  Tom Hank’s spectacular performance of Captain Sully allows us to see the humanity of a hero. Sully is no superman. He is a family man with bills to pay and the typical family issues. Captain Sully experiences what any person who has gone through a traumatic event would experience and Hanks portrays all this wonderfully. This was a captivating story and an excellent tribute to Captain Chesley Sullenberger.

Sully is a smoke-free movie. Considering that our main character Captain Sully is a commercial airline pilot, there are very few opportunities for him to smoke (smoking is banned on planes). There are certainly scenes outside his main work environment where smoking could have been depicted, but it would not have impacted the film drastically. Sully is evidence that a smoke-free movie can be a high quality production and that smoking in cinema is often unnecessary.

Finding Dory

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Movie Critic: Sal-sabila and Tarnem Afify


Finding Dory is a 2016 American computer-animated comedy-drama film that is a sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo. It premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on June 8, 2016, and was theatrically released in Canada on June 17, 2016. The movie is directed by Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane, and features the voices many, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks.

One year after reuniting Nemo with his father Marlin, Dory has become a helping hand in raising Nemo. One day during a lesson with Nemo’s class, Dory recalls through a childhood flashback that she has a family. She decides to look for them but finds her short-term memory loss to be an obstacle. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish begins a search for her long-lost parents with her friends Marlin and Nemo, and everyone learns different things about the real meaning of family along the way.
After watching the movie one can say that Finding Dory is a movie that is full of inspiration. It highlights the importance of determination when Dory refuses to give up on her goal regardless of the obstacles she faced. Finding Dory is an absolute smoke-free movie and can be watched by any age group. If you are looking for a movie that can provide you a good laugh along with some valuable life lessons, we highly recommend Finding Dory to you.

Bad Moms



Movie Critics: Sakina Musah-McLean & Denique Reid


Movie Title: Bad Moms
Movie Genre: Comedy


Ontario Movie Rating: 14A
Opening Date: July 29th 2016 Starring: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Annie Mumolo, Christina Applegate & Jada Pinkett-Smith
Director: Jon Lucas & Scott Moore General Age of People in the Theatre: 19-30

This film features no use of tobacco products as all.


Overworked mom Amy Mitchell decides to let loose and embraces being a ‘bad mom’ after a really stressful day. This leads to a series of life changing events, as Amy becomes the face of the bad mom revolution and goes head to head with the President of the PTA.

I liked that the film was funny, and very light hearted. It represented women that would not let anyone put them down for not being perfect. The characters in the film found strength in their weakness. However, I didn’t like the behavioural polar opposite represented in the movie. Main character Amy Mitchell goes from extremely stressed and over worked to nearly lethargic and neglectful. I didn’t find these polar opposites to be completely realistic. However it is great for laughs, and it was a lot of fun to watch. I would in fact recommend this film to others, it is pleasant to watch and the story is refreshing. I would especially recommend the movie to anyone who likes the film Mean Girls.

As mentioned earlier there is no use of tobacco products in the film. The absence of tobacco did not affect the quality of the movie, it would have been an unnecessary addition or thought. The characters were completely believable, as it is completely normal not to smoke. The benefits of not having tobacco use in the movie include the fact that tobacco use is not being portrayed as a normal behaviour that should be continued within our society. It is especially beneficial to youth who may not be able to understand how the tobacco industry tries to manipulate youth as of yet.

I think the film, makers chose to keep smoking out the film for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I believe the film makers realized that smoking is not at all necessary to forward their plot, characters, or even for marketing of the film. Secondly, I believe that film makers also recognized that mothers (and parents) would not appreciate a film called bad moms featuring smoking mothers; this would make parents who are in fact addicted to tobacco feel bad and its puts the blame onto the addicts instead of the tobacco industry where it belongs.

Overall this movie is a great smoke free movie to enjoy for some laughs.

Legend of Tarzan



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



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


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.


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



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



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

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.



Movie Critic: Vlad
Movie title: The Divergent Series : Allegiant
Movie genre: Action
Ontario Movie Rating (PG, PG14 etc.): PG
Opening date: March 9th 2016
Starring: Shailene Woodley Theo James and Jeff Daniels
Director: Robert Schwentke
General age of people in the theatre: 16-20

Tobacco use (How often throughout the movie?): None


The City of Chicago find out that there are more people living beyond the walls of their city and the two lovers, Tris’ brother and their friends. They escape the city walls and find the other people to discover they have far superior technology. At the end they figure out that those people aren’t really who they describe themselves and they must stop the plans of those people before they destroy the way that the citizens of Chicago lived.
In the movie “The Divergent Series – Allegiant” the movie had great prop effects as well as the actors were spot on in their acting. From a downside perspective the movie was an inaccurate version of the book, so if you have read the book previously the movie may be a slight disappointment. But in the end I would recommend this movie to others as the positives of this movie overrules by far the negatives.

In the Movie “The Divergent Series – Allegiant” there was no tobacco in the film. In movies, the tobacco industry will pay movie productions to implement their products in their for advertisement as they need new customers. In the movie the lack of tobacco did not affect the plot or the quality of the movie. You would probably need a new scene or two with tobacco use in it to affect the plot or quality. The characters appeared much more believable as they were constantly doing activities without running out of breath, with the tobacco use it would make them seem like superman was not getting tired quickly with the use of tobacco. When speaking of benefits of not having any of the tobacco on the screen it made the characters seem a thousand times more realistic than if they would have not been a smoker. Continuing on with this I feel like the movie-makers chose to keep the use of tobacco out of the movie to simply keep the quality of the movie at a high standard and gain a higher rating instead of reducing the quality of the movie but gaining a higher budget through the tobacco companies paying them for the implementation of tobacco products.




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