80 for Brady

Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAXDavenport IA

FilmScene, Iowa City IA

Marcus Sycamore CinemaIowa City IA

Putnam Museum & Science Center, Davenport IA

Regal MolineMoline IL

(Hyperlinked titles take you to Reader reviews; IMDb hyperlinks take you to the films’ Internet Movie Database pages or other sites with film information.)

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80 for Brady (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

The Amazing Maurice (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Arctic: Our Frozen Planet (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - IMDb listing.

Avatar: The Way of Water (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Over the film's 190-plus minutes, I never yawned once, and thought that James Cameron had executed his greatest action sequences since Aliens, which makes them among the greatest action sequences of all time. IMDb listing.

BTS: Yet to Come in Cinemas (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Friday, February 3, through Sunday, February 5) - IMDb listing.

The Chosen Season 3 Finale (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Decision to Leave (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - I truly hope that patrons view this astonishingly entertaining mystery-drama-comedy-thriller-romance the way I did: with as little advance information as possible. IMDb listing.

The Fabelmans (PG-13; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Beyond finding one in rare fits and spurts, anyone hoping for a more involving, more insightful, more honest telling of the Steven Spielberg tale than the corny one we're given here will have to look elsewhere.  IMDb listing.

Facing the Laughter: Minnie Pearl (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Monday, February 6) - IMDb listing.

Groundhog Day (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Sunday, February 5) - IMDb listing.

Happy Feet Two (PG; Regal Moline) - This viusually stunning animated sequel gives us scenes of outrageous slapstick, a deeply moving partnership-among-the-species finale, Hank Azaria as a heavily-accented Swedish puffin, and, best of all, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon as a pair of sweetly squabbling krill. IMDb listing.

Infinity Pool (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - His latest deliriously demented contraption proves that David Cronenberg's filmmaker son Brandon has already crafted a cinematic style distinctly his own, and one that touches on the writer/director's apparently favorite, and bloodiest, themes. IMDb listing.

Into America's Wild (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) IMDb listing.

Jerusalem (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - This visually spectacular, 45-minute edu-tainment on Israel's "cradle of civilization" is really quite a glorious piece of work. IMDb listing.

Knock at the Cabin (R Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Living (PG-13; Regal Moline, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It was certainly a pleasure to see Bill Nighy in a major role that he plays with subtle precision yet no lack of interior emotion, but wow is this thing slow. IMDb listing.

Lourdes (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: opens Wednesday, February 8) - IMDb listing.

M3GAN (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - While this horror comedy is completely enjoyable in its setup and moderately enjoyable after the doll's figurative fangs are revealed, I wish the screenplay had taken a deeper dive into its more troubling implications. IMDb listing.

A Man Called Otto (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Although the star is slumming and has to be aware of it, Tom Hanks thankfully refuses to let the material sanctify him, and his strong actor's instincts protect him from cuteness. IMDb listing.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (PG; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - A work that retains all the charm and hilarity of the shorts yet gives the title character, and writer/director Dean Fleischer-Camp himself, an immeasurably wider canvas on which to paint and play. IMDb listing.

Medicine for Melancholy (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Saturday, February 4, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Michael (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Missing (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline) - A decent amount of throwaway fun, as well as a juicy argument for teens either spending more or less time on their devices, depending on how you look at it. IMDb listing.

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - This edu-doc tries to do too much in too little a time, but it's never less than interesting, and those mega-screen vistas of Egypt are truly stunning. IMDb listing.

National Parks Adventure (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - This expectedly gorgeous endeavor is also unexpectedly, even thrillingly, varied in presentation: sensationally informative, joyfully inspiring, and even laugh-out-loud funny. IMDb listing.

Nope (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - If Jordan Peele is less generous than usual with the stinging social commentary, he also hasn't previously delivered this kind of hilarious, nerve-shredding, blockbuster-scaled fun. IMDb listing.

Nurse 3D (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, February 8, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Pathaan (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Plane (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - We know Jean-Francois Richet's action thriller is January garbage to its teeth, and as such, it's easier to be impressed by the elements that miraculously don't suck. IMDb listing.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Literally everything about this long-delayed, superbly well-animated sequel worked for me. IMDb listing.

Superpower Dogs (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Writer/director Daniel Ferguson provides enough globe-trotting action for a James Bond flick, treating us to first-rate training footage and re-created missions in locales ranging from the Canadian Rockies to the Italian coast to a debris-strewn site near New York's Ground Zero. IMDb listing.

Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive - Scherzo of Deep Night (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

TAR (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - No two-hour-and-40-minute movie about inappropriate transactional relationships, cancel culture, the #MeToo movement, and the challenges of conducting Mahler's 5th Symphony should be this much freaking fun. IMDb listing.

Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - I might've left this edu-doc just as satisfied if it were a silent film, or at least one wholly free of words, given that the 3D sights on display left me less fascinated than thunderstruck. IMDb listing.

The Wandering Earth II (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

The Whale (R; DRegal Moline, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Brendan Fraser is remarkable in his role as a 600-pound man,  but director Darren Anofsky's adaptation of screenwriter Samuel D. Hunter's play is stupefyingly, offensively awful. IMDb listing.

Wild Africa (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - IMDb listing.

Women Talking (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - While the material could easily inspire, or succeed as, a topnotch radio play, this stands as a thoroughly cinematic experience, boasting hauntingly expressive cinematography, an achingly tender score, and images and sounds I won't soon forget. IMDb listing.

Writer Padmabhushan (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

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