Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials



Reviewer: Bryce Rusank

Movie Title: The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Genre: Action/Post Apocalypse

Rating: PG

Opening date: Sep 18 2015

Starring:Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Ki Hong Lee,Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosa Salazar, Dexter Darden, Jacob Lofland, Will Poulter, Katherine McNamara, Alexander Flores, Terry Parks, Kathryn Smith McGlynn, Matthew T Metzler, Alan Tudyk, Jenny Gabrielle, David House, Lora Cunningham, Luke Gallegos, Shawn Prince

Director: Wes Ball

Audience: 13-40

Tobacco use:



Transported to a remote fortified outpost, Thomas and his fellow teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization WCKD. With help from a new ally, the Gladers stage a daring escape into the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Hand, a group of resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD.

I liked the fact that the movie is played completely in the perspective of Thomas just like in the books. I did not like the fact that there is little plot development in the movie. I would recommend this movie to others. The absence of tobacco did not in fact effect the movie at all. The absence of tobacco made the characters more believable because this dystopian society is messed up enough without tobacco related illness (cancer etc) The makers of the movie probably decided to leave the presence of tobacco out of the movie because the plot would be affected also the presence of tobacco could have been overlooked because maybe the makers personal views may involve anti tobacco.

The Perfect Guy



Movie Critic: Denique Reid

Title: The Perfect Guy

Movie Genre: Thriller

Opening Date: September 11th 2015

Director:  David M. Rosenthal

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

Ontario Movie Rating: PG-14

General Age of People in Theatre:  Adults aged 20-30 years old.

It is noted that the movie played during the weekday afternoon. It is believed that older teenagers would have also attended later that day. No tobacco was used throughout the movie

After breaking-up with her long time boyfriend Leah, a professional woman with a great life meets a perfect gentleman. He’s charming, polite, and passionate. So much so it almost seems too good to be true.

The film was very suspenseful, with great acting on the part of the cast. I like how the array of personal relationships the main character had with her friends and family was displayed, it was a pleasure to watch. I was surprised with the level of violence and I didn’t appreciate it as much. By the end of the movie I was really turned off from all of the violence. The movie also lacked the traditional twist found at the end of most movies of the thriller genre. I would not recommend this movie to anyone who is sensitive to violence.

There was no tobacco use in the movie, and the quality or believability of the plot and characters did not suffer for it. Some benefits of not having smoking depicted on screen include a more realistic depiction of various people from all walks of life, and situations who do not turn to tobacco for relief. This depiction helps to de-normalize tobacco use and is more in line with reality of society today. I believe that the movie makers behind The Perfect Guy chose to leave tobacco out of the movie due to the desire to keep the focus on the raw behaviour and psyche of the characters, which may be diluted in authenticity due to tobacco use. Also the stereotypical effect of relaxation that usually goes hand in hand with tobacco use in movies may also dilute the sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat tension that the movie was trying to convey.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E


Movie title: The Man From Uncle

Reviewers: Mohit, Evan, Tirthesha
Opening date of the movie: August 14 2015
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer
Ontario movie rating: PG13

Tobacco Impressions:


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Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation

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Movie title: Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation

Movie Critic:Linda Bui
Movie genre: Action

Ontario Movie Rating (PG, PG14 etc.): PG
Opening date: July 31, 2015

Starring:Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson
Director: Christopher McQuarrie

General age of people in the theatre:All ages!

Tobacco use


Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation follows spy agent Ethan Hunt as he tries to prove that there’s an existing terrorist group called the Syndicate, made up of former intelligence operatives around the world. The only problem is that the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), in which he’s a part of, gets shut down, with its operations taken over by the CIA. Hunt must prove that the Syndicate does exist in order to save lives and the IMF and with twists and turns, the task is nearly impossible!Is any mission too impossible for Ethan Hunt? No. Even when your team gets dissolved by the government? No again. The action and sequences of what seemed like impossible tasks kept me on the edge of my seat. I also really enjoyed the moments of comedic relief by both Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, and his right-wing man, Benji played by Simon Pegg. What I didn’t like was that there was only one female character, Ilsa Faust played by Rebecca Ferguson, in the movie. Although she was super fierce and kicked-butt, I would really like to see more strong female protagonists in future Mission Impossible movies. Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation was a fantastic action spy film and definitely deserves the title of must-see summer blockbuster. So, your mission, should you accept it, is to grab some friends or family members and call on your inner secret agent and go watch the movie!
There was no commercial tobacco product use AT ALL during the movie. My movie dates, my cousins, were surprised when I asked them what they thought about not seeing any on-screen smoking. One thought that for sure a villain would have been smoking because it seemed to be a “norm” she saw in other action thrillers. We were all glad that there wasn’t any use we know that young people are susceptible to being influenced by what we see on-screens. My youngest cousin, who is a huge fan, wanted to re-enact some of the action scenes (with sound effects) after watching the movie. So, you definitely don’t need tobacco presence in a film to enjoy it!




Date : released July 10

Rated: G

Reviewed by: May, Molly, Tarnem, and Randall


The YATI crew reviewed Minions. The movie is all about these lovable creatures trying to find a new despicable master to follow. Luckily the Minions didn’t find any Big Tobacco executives to serve. This movie is 100% smoke-free!

The Insurgent


Divergent Series: The Insurgent

Released March 2015

Rated PG

No Tobacco Impressions


Review by REACT

Pitch Perfect 2


Pitch Perfect 2

Released May, 15 2015

Rated PG in Ontario


Check out YATI volunteers Tarnem and Molly’s review of Pitch Perfect 2. This fantastic sequel continues to follow the same group of hilarious young female college students in an cappella signing group.

Pitch Perfect 2 is a wonderful movie that promotes overcoming challenges, teamwork, and making great music. These ladies are amazing role models in more ways than one. PP 2 is entirely smoke-free and why wouldn’t it be?! Using tobacco can damage people’s vocal chords and ruin their singing voices.



On February 20th, 7 YATI volunteers ventured into the heart of downtown Toronto to create this insightful smoke-free movie review of The DUFF. DUFF stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend, which at first glance, seems like a terrible idea for a movie. Fortunately, the movie has a positive message as it encourages high school students to be proud of who they are. The best thing about this movie is that they didn’t need to use tobacco products to build the story or the characters. The positive message to BE YOURSELF was loud and clear WITHOUT TOBACCO imagery.



Video Review

Dumb and Dumber To


Four YATI volunteers set off on a wild and whacky adventure to review the movie Dumb and Dumber To (yes that’s how it’s spelled). Follow their antics as they analyze the movie and critique its use of tobacco in the following fantastic film

tobacco impressions


The Maze Runner


Movie Title: the Maze Runner

Movie Critic: Sohayla Ayman

Opening Date: 19/09/2014

Starring: Dylan O’brien, Will Poulter

Movie Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Thriller

Director: Wes Ball

Ontario Movie Rating: PG

Tobacco Use: None


Thomas comes up through an elevator shaft, into a wide clearing surrounded by enormous concrete walls, known as the glade. He remembers nothing of his past. He finds a group of young men, who arrived in a situation similar to his. Soon he learns they’re all caught in a maze and need to cooperate together for a chance at escape.I had some idea of what to expect when I sat down at the cinema, for I had read the book. The movie captured me from the very first scene. The mystery surrounding the place where most of the action happens, and the suspense and ominous feeling always hanging in the air made me unable to tear my eyes away from the screen for the entire film. It was a little different from the book, however I think I enjoyed the movie more! It was simpler, made more sense, and was action packed. The film keeps a strong pace and the storyline and acting is excellent. The maze was stunning and nothing looked out of place. The story captures you from the start and does not let go.There was absolutely no tobacco use in this film. The characters were all rugged in appearance and behaviour and they did not need smoking to make that mark.


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