Magic Mike's Last Dance

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) - The absolute finest thing about this buddy comedy is that, even at its most breathtakingly farfetched, it treats its quartet of legendary leading ladies with the respect they deserve. IMDb listing.

Aftersun (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - From its opening images to its semi-abstract climactic shot, this beguilingly intimate 100-minute debut feature is one of the most thunderously powerful, emotionally annihilating movies I saw in all of 2022. IMDb listing.

The Amazing Maurice (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This computer-animated family comedy is unexpectedly terrific, filled with sensational jokes, impressively involving narrative twists, and more than a few legitimately unnerving visuals. IMDb listing.

Amigos (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, 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.

The Banshees of Inisherin (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - What keeps Martin McDonagh's latest from feeling like a sermon, or a number of sermons, is the jolly puckishness of its presentation and evident warmth of its creator's approach. IMDb listing.

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

Consecration (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Despicable Me (PG; Regal Moline) - I liked this animated comedy just fine, but I never loved the movie more than when those miniature slapstick wonders the Minions were on-screen. IMDb listing.

Hidden Universe (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - IMDb listing.

Infinity Pool (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - 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.

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) - M. Night Shymalan's latest is the cinematic equivalent of one of those can't-put-it-down beach reads – an iffy movie you stick with just because you're aching to see how the madness will ultimately play out. IMDb listing.

Living (PG-13; FilmScene on the Ped Mall, 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.

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.

Madre Ven (not rated; Regal Moline) - IMDb listing.

Magic Mike's Last Dance (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - 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.

Marlowe (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: opens Tuesday, February 14) - IMDb listing.

The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m.) - FathomEvents.com.

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.

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.

No Bears (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

Oceans (G; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - The movie's 85 minutes occasionally crawl by as deliberately as its sea-floor denizens, but it's hard to be too disappointed by a film that provides so many extraordinary sights. IMDb listing.

Plane (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline) - 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.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m.) - 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.

RRR (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - I'm still not sure that S.S. Rajamoudi's spectacularly ballsy achievement merits its 190-minute length. but it's thrilling and weird and hugely satisfying nonetheless. IMDb listing.

Sleepless in Seattle (PG; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Tuesday, February 14, 7 p.m.) - 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) - 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.

Titanic: 25th Anniversary (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Titans of the Ice Age (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Gorgeously photographed and boasting perhaps the finest CGI I've ever seen in a National Geographic doc, the film is both informative and a heck of a lot of fun. IMDb listing.

Top Gun: Maverick (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - Had this action sequel really embraced the fact of star Tom Cruise's human fallibility, this corny, retrograde, occasionally quite-entertaining outing might've really been something. IMDb listing.

Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro & Robert Gottlieb (PG; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

Twilight (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Saturday, February 11, 10 p.m., and Monday, February 13, 7 p.m.) - The movie hasn't been made for The Rest of Us; it's been made for the fans, and between its leads' chaste smoldering and the entertaining subtext, it'll likely satisfy on a purely fan-boy or -girl level. 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; Regal Moline, FilmScene on the Ped Mall, 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.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood & Honey (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycaore Cinema: Wednesday, Februay 15) - IMDb listing.

Women Talking (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - 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.

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