Movie Critic: Courtney Kerrigan

]Movie Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Ontario Movie Rating: 14A

Opening Date: Sept 27th, 2013

Starring: Daniel Bruhl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde

Director: Ron Howard

Tobacco Use: A lot

tobacco impressions

A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. This biopic about the epic battle between racecar drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) had a very exciting trailer. However the trailer seems to have shown the highlights. This movie was cinematically brilliant but the story line and characters fell flat. I understand that this movie was a biography on the exact lives of these two racers but the characters were not likable. The actors did a wonderful job with the script and characters that they were given but the film just did not wow me. Chris Hemsworth does break his Thor stereotype, which for some actors is hard to get away from. There was way too much swearing and nudity during even the first three minutes of the movie. This film should have been rated higher based on these criteria alone. There was a lot of smoking in this movie and almost every character smoked cigarettes. This did take away from the film and did not add anything to the story line. I do believe that the entire movie could have functioned without any of the smoking. Overall, I was not impressed with this film and the smoking really put it into the ‘do not recommend’ category for me


Movie Critic: Brad DeiterMovie Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, TrillerOntario Movie Rating: PGOpening Date: October 4th, 2013Starring: Sandra Bullock, George ClooneyDirector: Alfonso CuaronTobacco Use: None A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. We follow Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) on her very first shuttle mission to fix a satellite in space. She is partners with veteran astronaut and country music lover Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) and the pair must now survive as they float further and further into the darkness. There were many scenes where I was holding the armrests for dear life afraid that if I let go I too would float out into space. The music was extremely fitting and complimented those very intense scenes. Also in space, sound is absent and they used this element to make the audience feel that they themselves were out there too. The acting is superb as the actors really make you feel their fear. Oscar buzz…I think so. Sandra Bullock delivered one of, if not her stronger, performances in a role with a very simple plot and script. George Clooney is only ever seen with his suit on and yet somehow he wins the entire audience over with personality and charm. The scenes were visually astonishing and the 3D was (for my first experience ever with 3D) needed. It added an element of reality to this film that everyone in the audience can feel. There was no smoking in this film! Even though the characters were going through a lot they never felt the need to smoke. This definitely makes the film better as we can look up to these characters in many ways. I loved this film and since seeing it I have recommended it to all of my friends. Everyone should experience it on the big screen because for most people this is their closest chance at getting to experience being in space.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

Movie Critic: Courtney KerriganMovie genre: Comedy, Animation, FamilyOntario Movie Rating: GOpening date: September 30th, 2013Starring: Bill Hader, Anna FarrisDirector: Cody CameronTobacco use: None Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he’s forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids. Days before this movie came out I decided to sit down and watch the first film about a town that rains food, interesting concept I thought. An hour and a half later I was officially a member of the Cloudy Fan Club. Praying and anticipating the next storm in my hometown hoping for some chocolate cake or maybe some ice cream? With the return of any successful movie you get the fear of the sequel that could go one of two ways; horribly wrong or surprisingly better. From this reviewers perspective this film was even better than the original. As the team heads back to their hometown in search of Flint’s food making machine they are met by the most terrible, hideous and cute food creatures that have taken over the island and are trying to learn to swim. The witty names of food animals (mosque-toast and taco-dile) and hilarious food puns (There’s a leek in the boat!) throughout this movie are enough to keep the adults entertained and the visual images would keep any child engaged. There was no smoking in this film and I would have to give it two big thumbs up!


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