ON SACRED GROUND – Review by Lois Alter Mark

A fictionalized story about Standing Rock and the 2016 protests to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being built on sacred tribal lands, the script is full of cliches and beats viewers over the head with its messages about our country’s treatment of the Indigenous People. There’s no question that there is vital information to be imparted here but the fact that it’s all filtered through the perspective of a white man cancels out so much of its credibility.

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13 MINUTES – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The movie — named for the short time frame residents have to seek shelter before the massive tornado touches down — delves into the lives and issues of small-town residents of the often-ignored “flyover states” without too much judgment. It offers a close-up look at the twisters that plague Tornado Alley without overly sensationalizing them, with effective reminders that for folks who don’t speak English or have disabilities, weathering these storms can be particularly difficult. But “13 Minutes” doesn’t offer many interesting insights or much compelling storytelling.

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13 MINUTES – Review by Rachel West

Thirteen minutes is all the time four families in a Central Midwest town have to seek shelter from the tornado of the century. Directed by Lindsay Gossling, the disaster drama does a remarkably good job of depicting the massive tornado and its wake of destruction on what is surely a minimal budget. The 13 minutes leading up to the tornado’s touchdown and the immediate aftermath are the strongest elements in the movie. However, the tornado strike alone isn’t a compelling enough reason to watch the personal dramas unfold in the build-up to disaster, making 13 Minutes worth not much more of your time.

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