Enter for your chance to WIN a double pass to see #SULLY in theatres September 9th

The advance screening will take place August 17th 2016, at Scotiabank Theatre at 7 pm.

For your chance to win one of five tickets, answer the following question in the comments below.

Who is the director of #SULLY?

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

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Enter for your chance to WIN free passes to the advance screening of WAR DOGS, in theatres August 19th, 2016

The advance screening will take place August 17th 2016, at Scotiabank Theatre at 7 pm.

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Who is the director of #WarDogs?

“War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

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Enter for your chance to WIN free passes to the advance screening of SUICIDE SQUAD, in theaters August 5th, 2016

The advance screening will take place August 3rd 2016, at Yonge and Dundas Cineplex theatre at 7 pm.

For your chance to win a ticket double pass, answer the following question in the comments below.

Which actor plays Deadshot in #SuicideSquad?

It feels good to be bad.

Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

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Enter for your chance to WIN passes to the advance screening of LIGHTS OUT, in theatres July 22nd, 2016

The advance screening will take place on Wednesday July 20th, at Scotiabank Theatre at 7 pm.

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Which actor plays Rebecca in #LightsOut?

From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

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A teaching class asked me to submit a letter of intent. This is what I wrote.

As an educator-to-be, I confess to Googling information more than I probably should. I use Google most during online discussions with my students. I can usually provide accurate and succinct answers on the spot- more often, student questions leave me in the dark. It’s in these instances that I resort to Googling. Initially, I felt ashamed and unqualified. How, after years of studying biochemistry, could I not answer a sophomore’s simple question?

I came to realize that today’s students are very different from the ones I knew when I was an undergraduate four years ago. Not only are their minds more open, but they’re also more engaged in their studies. They are not satisfied with being told 1+1=2. They also want to know why and how this is so. I can comfortably teach 1+1=2, but I find myself stumbling with the rest. Being challenged by my students pushes me to constantly keep learning. Now I’m able to answer the questions my students want answers to before they even ask.

I did have one question, though: If I could use Google to find these answers, why couldn’t my students do the same? The answer came from the emails they sent me. Despite many of my students being born and raised in English-speaking environments, the way they phrase their questions in emails is often vague and misleading. My students often start their queries without providing the background information I need to understand their problem and don’t check for crucial spelling mistakes, often sending me correction emails shortly after (“I mean ‘does not apply’, not than ‘does apply’!”). I don’t mean to belittle my students- I know better than most that developing critical analysis and creative thinking skills comes from asking questions and making mistakes. Rather, I mean knowing how to write an informative email is more important than knowing the difference between glucose and galactose.

I wish my students would remember everything I’ve taught them, but I know this isn’t a realistic expectation. Instead, while my students might not remember what amino acid leucine looks like I do hope they retain the soft skills (like writing legible emails) they began to develop in my class. This, more than anything, is my intent for teaching.

Enter for your chance to WIN passes to the advance screening of THE NICE GUYS, in theatres May 20th, 2016!

The advance screening will take place on Wednesday May 18th, at Scotiabank Theatre  at 7pm.

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Which actor plays Jackson Healy in #TheNiceGuys?
Set in 1970s Los Angeles, down-on-his-luck private eye Holland March and hired enforcer Jackson Healy must work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. During their investigation, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that reaches up to the highest circles of power.

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Zootopia: A Surprisingly Great Film

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I went into Cineplex thinking, well this is just going to be another fluffy animal film. I had just finished my exams and wanted to relax a little bit. Not expecting much going into the movie, I left the theatre pleasantly surprised. Zootopia is a great combination of humour, adorableness, adventure, and good fun. It just goes to show that one is never too old for a Disney movie, especially one starring Shakira as a singer (spoiler alert ahead for those who are continuing to read).

The plot development was very quick, which I appreciate. In the beginning the police bunny Judy is constantly being underestimated by her predator co-workers. She does not want to submit to existing societal species roles and wants to prove her worth by becoming the first-ever bunny police officer. The movie is set in a modern world of animals that co-exist in a multi-species city living in equality without conflicts. However, there is still prejudice and discrimination among prey and predators alike. The moral of the story is (of course) to reduce these prejudices that stem from biological differences by creating a more loving and peaceful society. Notably, the humour in the film was awesome- Judy’s parents (who are carrot farmers) had great chemistry and the ability to bounce jokes back and forth with the other characters effortlessly.

THE SLOTH SCENE MUST BE DISCUSSED. It occurred later on in the movie and was literally amazing and I was laughing so hard I could hardly breathe.

Overall, a great movie that I would highly recommend to people of all all ages. Take the time to relax and watch this movie with family and friends!