Can a sweep year at the Oscars also be a spread-the-wealth year at the Oscars?

Just what is it going to take for Joel and Ethan Coen to end this silly separation of theirs and get back together? An online petition? A generous gift basket? A promise to reconsider the merits of Intolerable Cruelty?

Lauded by the Alliance of Women Journalists as a "must-see" that is "fascinating and eye-opening," director Matthew Mishory's Who Are the Marcuses? enjoys a March 3 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum as the sixth and final presentation in River Action's 2024 QC Environmental Film Series, this special showing hosted by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities described by the Jewish Journal as "a story about wealth, generosity, innovation, and Israeli pragmatism."

Just how good is Kingsley Ben-Adir as the title character in Bob Marley: One Love? So good that I couldn't make out half of what he was saying.

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Going to the cineplex or staying in and streaming this weekend? Every Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. you can listen to Mike Schulz dish on recent movie releases & talk smack about Hollywood celebs on Planet 93.9 FM with the fabulous Dave & Darren in the Morning team of Dave Levora and Darren Pitra. The morning crew previews upcoming releases, too.

Or you can check the Reader Web site and listen to their latest conversation by the warm glow of your electronic device. Never miss a pithy comment from these three scintillating pundits again.

Thursday, February 29: Discussion of Drive-Away Dolls and Oridnary Angels, plus a preview for Dune: Part Two. Yes: Only one movie opening this weekend. But it's big enough for several.

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With the screening of the 39-minute documentary hosted by Augustana College's Student Sierra Club, director David Byars' short film We the Power will enjoy a February 25 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum as the fifth presentation in River Action's 2024 QC Environmental Film Series, the release sponsored by the outdoor-apparel company Patagonia, recognized internationally for its commitment to environmental activism and its contributions of more than $110 million in grants and in-kind donations.

I wondered how my pals from the '80s might've collectively reacted to director Zelda Williams' and screenwriter Diablo Cody's new horror comedy had it actually been released in the year of its 1989 setting. My guess is we would've thought that it was pretty lame but had some decent laughs; that Heathers and Beetlejuice did the same sort of thing much better; and that the movie was only worth our time because we got to see it for free.

An adaptation of Peter Wohlleben's bestselling book that, according to the New York Times, "uses the sensorial capacities of cinema to thrillingly visualize Wohlleben's observations," the 2020 documentary The Hidden Life of Trees will enjoy a February 18 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum as the fourth presentation in River Action's 2024 QC Environmental Film Series, the film also lauded by the National Post as "a fascinating walk in the woods."

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