Star Trek: Into Darkness

Movie genre: Action, Sci-FiOntario Movie Rating: PGOpening date: May 16, 2013Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe SaldanaDirector: J.J. AbramsTobacco use: None After the crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt into a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.
 I know that some people are a bit nervous that this film will be hard to follow if they haven’t been fans of the previous franchise. I personally loved this movie and before seeing it I had only watched the first Star Trek from 2009. J.J. Abrams does a great job of creating a film that extends from the following films but that can also be watched and enjoyed on its own. The all-star cast of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana light up the screen with their charisma and magnetism. New comer Benedict Cumberbatch, as Khan, is stunning as one of the best villains of the year, in my opinion!There was no smoking in this film. What a relief to see one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer smoke-free! If a 190 billion dollar movie can be smoke free why can’t all of Hollywood lean towards this type of attitude? This film is definitely a must-see of the summer!

Now You See Me

Movie genre: ActionOntario Movie Rating: PGOpening date: May 31, 2013Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla FisherDirector: Louis LeterrierTobacco use: NoneAn FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.The closer you look the less you see. That is the tag line of the movie and it couldn’t be more true. Four magicians are called together to perform elaborate bank heists but you don’t know who they are doing this for or why. There are many surprises throughout the movie and it all comes together in the end when the truth is revealed. The only thing that annoyed me somewhat was that the digital effects were a little over the top at times and made it seem a little cheesy but thankfully the brilliant acting of the cast is able to overshadow that. Otherwise, it was a film that will you keep you entertained until the very end! I highly recommend this movie to people who like to watch movies with magic and mysteries!There was no smoking in this film and that is such a relief since this movie is tailored toward the younger crowd.

Hangover 3

Movie critic:                Wandi Liu                                                      Opening date:            5/23/2013Movie title:                  Hangover III                                                   Movie genre:             ComedyStarring:                      Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong                         Director:                     Todd PhillipOMR:                          14ATobacco use:           Moderately often, 7-12 times. Hangover III is the finale to the Hangover trilogy – a mixture of uncontrollably hilarious mayhems and epic coincidences. Without any parties or drugs, the wolf-pack once again finds itself in crisis with Doug kidnapped in exchange for Mr. Chow. In three days, Stu, Phil, and Alan will play a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with madness itself.As always, my favourite part about the Hangover trilogy is the humor. Not to mention the craziness and inappropriate jokes, even the worst dilemmas make me laugh. However, compared to the last two films, the finale was lacking a bit of flow – the dialogues seemed somewhat deliberated and purposeful. I would recommend this to young adults but not to children under the age of 13 – due to the excessive use of coarse language in this movie.Both the main characters and secondary characters used tobacco products. They were mostly male with possibly 1-2 secondary female characters. The age of smokers ranged from 20 – 50. Characters usually smoked in hotels, parking lots, and other public venues, while a few smoked in private properties such as homes. I think that the use of smoking scenes for character-building was not necessary and should be taken out to avoid encouraging the audience – honestly, I would have not noticed if the smoking was taken out of the movie. I felt more uncomfortable when there were a lot of smoking scenes.I would rate this movie a 4.5/5 for that it’s decently directed but too fast-paced at times. Also, if this movie was smoke-free it could have been given a higher rating.

After Earth

Movie Critic: Sohayla Abdel-SamadMovie Title: After EarthMovie Genre: Sci-Fi/ActionOntario Movie Rating: PGOpening Date: May 31stStarring: Will Smith and Jaden SmithDirector: M. Night Shyamalan Thousands of years ago, perish and peril forced humanity’s escape from Earth. They find a new home in space, Nove Prime. Years later, the peacekeeping organization comes in to conflict with Aliens. On their way to fight them off, a crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a harsh journey to signal for help.            “After Earth” took me to a post-apocalyptic Earth 1000 years in the future, filled with dangerous creatures. It took me through the story of a father and a son, going through fear, bravery and surviving against harsh conditions. Will and Jaden Smith do a reasonable acting job. They are convincing; the fact that they are truly father and son grounds the movie and makes it more believable. I would recommend this film to families looking for a quick getaway that is both enjoyable and rich with excellent graphics and an eventful plot. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
             There was no smoking in this movie. There was no need for smoking; it was an action movie about the relationship between father and son. I applaud the director for avoiding the unnecessary addition.
             I would give this movie a 4/5 for the great acting, scenery and plot. The ending was predictable, therefore the point off, otherwise it was great.


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