New movie releases this week include Katherine Heigl’s return to the big screen, plus The Promise, Truman, and more
Matthew Lickona 6 p.m., April 21
An unnatural disaster in which a ragtag team of professional storm chasers joins forces with other recent graduates of a drama workshop to prove once and for all that stick figures can survive a series of green screen tornadoes. Director/CGI chaser Steven Quale’s fetishistic found-footage approach leaves plenty of room for rootless videography and characters — their names and introductory one-line bios neatly branded in the corner of the frame – to address the audience directly. It might have amounted to something more than Son of Twister if the filmmakers had put as much thought into their piddling narrative structure as they did into the sound design. One FX that’s truly S: a hearty gust transforms airliners into balsa wood gliders littering the sky. Other than that, there’s more harrowing funnel-footage (and seamless acting) to be found on The Weather Channel. At least they have the decency to keep it under 90 minutes. 2014.