Hailed by the New York Times as an “engrossing” entertainment with “evocative Southern charm,” the Oscar-nominated dramatic comedy Fried Green Tomatoes enjoys a quartet of 30th-anniversary screenings as the fifth presentation in Fathom Events' seventh-annual TCM Big Screen Classics series, its May 9 through 13 run at Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX treating audiences to a beloved favorite that Rotten Tomatoes describes as “powerfully effective.”

It turns out that the preview goosing us with the promise of Incredibles-esque fun isn't at all necessary, because TMvtM proves so clever, so exciting, and so consistently riotous that it already feels like a computer-animated comedy classic. It's literally been years since I've laughed so hard at a movie, and I didn't even need a crowd of equally delighted cineplex patrons to keep me roaring – though I sure wouldn't have minded one.

Honestly, I didn't mean to eavesdrop. But while heading toward the cineplex auditorium housing the non-rom-com Together Together, I found myself walking about 15 feet behind a couple whose conversation practically brought me to (happy) tears.

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In the latest presentation in the Kinogarten series of German works screened on the first Friday of every month, Rock Island's Rozz-Tox and Davenport's German American Heritage Center co-host an outdoor May 7 showing of The Tin Drum, the dark dramatic comedy from 1979 that became the first movie from Germany, or in German, to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Oh, Oscars. You just keep finding new and creative ways to screw things up, don't you?

One of the most acclaimed and adored animated features of the 21st century will enjoy a quartet of special 20th-anniversary screenings between April 25 and 29, with Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd + IMAX hosting big-screen presentations of Shrek, the Dreamworks Animation mega-hit that will reunite family audiences with the titular green ogre, Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad, and scores of other beloved characters.

By all means, enjoy the big trademarked ape laying into the big trademarked lizard, or all nine-and-a-half hours of the reconstructed Justice League. Crummy movie or not, I'd rather spend my time watching Thunder Force's Jason Bateman attempt to hold a wine glass with enormous crab claws, or Melissa McCarthy imitate Jodie Foster in Nell a quarter-century past that gag's expiration date.

Serving as the final public presentation in Riverside Theatre's month-long “Sonnet Project,” the Iowa City company and its neighboring Big Swing Brewery will host an outdoor screening of the iconic Shakespeare-comedy-turned-Hollywood-smash 10 Things I Hate About You, with portions of the night's sales of Easy Eddy pints benefiting both Riverside and downtown Iowa City's FilmScene venues.

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