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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THE VANISHED – Review by Susan Granger

Filmmaker Peter Facinelli has created a dark psychological thriller, pivoting around a missing child inspired by a real-life incident when he went to an RV park and realized there was a prison nearby. Given the inherent melodrama, the film certainly seems far more suitable for the small-screen then the big-screen.

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