Dune: Part Two

Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAXDavenport IA

FilmScene, Iowa City IA

The Last Picture House, Davenport IA

Marcus Sycamore CinemaIowa City IA

Putnam Museum & Science Center, Davenport IA

(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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10 Things I Hate About You (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m., and Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

2024 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animation (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, March 6, 5 p.m.) - A mixed bag, with the two un-nominated shorts at the end maybe better than any of the nominated ones. IMDb listing.

2024 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Documentary (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

2024 Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live Action (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Thursday, March 7, 8:10 p.m.) - Four of the five are quite strong, and even the weakest one is well acted by David Oyelowo. IMDb listing.

Abominable (PG; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Despite all of the narrative holes and the general air of blandness, this mild animated comedy is easy enough to sit through. IMDb listing.

All of Us Strangers (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - Regardless of your sexual leanings, you're likely to leave this romantic drama in a thoughtful and contemplative frame of mind – and maybe, like me, profoundly impressed by the delicate balancing act between realism and fantasy that Andrew Haigh pulls off. IMDb listing.

American Fiction (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Cord Jefferson's alternately biting and warm dramatic comedy would no doubt be worth watching even if headlined by a significantly lesser talent than Jeffrey Wright … by which I mean anyone who's not Jeffrey Wright. IMDb listing.

Anatomy of a Fall (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Justine Triet's astounding achievement is easily the most arresting, surreptitiously emotional release I saw in 2023, and I was riveted through the whole of its two-and-a-half hours. IMDb listing.

Anyone but You (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - The funniest, friskiest traditional rom-com of 2023, as well as one of the most inspired takes on Shakespeare's comedic oeuvre since 1999's Taming of the Shrew update 10 Things I Hate About You. IMDb listing.

Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - DC has obviously stopped caring about this present incarnation of Aquaman, so there's no genuine reason for us to care, either. IMDb listing.

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

Argylle (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Nothing in Matthew Vaughn's spy comedy feels remotely at stake, and worse still, until close to the very end, almost nothing about the film is remotely fun. IMDb listing.

Barbie (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - That Greta Gerwig is able to generate ginormous laughs while making you cry and delivering full-scale musical numbers constitutes something of a miracle. IMDb listing.

The Beekeeper (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - Political thrillers can be fun. Apolitical thrillers, at their lamest, are just The BeekeeperIMDb listing.

Bob Marley: One Love (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This reggae-themed musical bio-pic may not be a great movie, but it is a pretty great time. IMDb listing.

Chaari 111 (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Tuesday, March 5, 8 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Chosen Season 4: Episodes 7 - 8 (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba - To the Hashira Training (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Drive-Away Dolls (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, The Last Picture House, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Ethan Coen's lesbian road-trip slapstick is obnoxious, self-conscious, excitement-free, and completely void of laughs. IMDb listing.

Dune: Part Two (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, The Last Picture House, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Godzilla vs. Megalon (G; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Saturday, March 2, 10:15 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Guns of Eden (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, March 6, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Holdovers (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Nothing in Alexander Payne's comedy significantly diverges from its outsiders-bonding blueprint, and yet, refreshingly, nothing that happens here happens in quite the manner you expect. IMDb listing.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (PG-13; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Director Francis Lawrence's terrific dystopian thriller kept me invested for the entirety of its two-and-a-half hours – even if it was slightly odd that this big-budget, large-scale return of cinematic YA lit is wholly stolen by its grown-ups. IMDb listing,

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

Jolly Roger (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Putnam.org.

Joyrful Desire: The Short Films of Aarin Burch (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.) - ICFilmScene.org.

Killers of the Flower Moon (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Martin Scorsese's historical dramatic thriller led by a miscast Leonardo DiCaprio and a sublime Lily Gladstone is a just-miss of a masterpiece IMDb listing.

Labyrinth (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Land of Bad (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Madame Web (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Connoisseurs of crap will find so much to thoroughly detest in director/co-writer S.J. Clarkson's origin story that only someone expecting cinematic decency could possibly go home disappointed. IMDb listing.

Maestro (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - While I was okay with Bradley Cooper's Leonard Bernstein drama skimming over significant career passages, I was far less on-board with it morphing into a sudsy, strangely underpopulated daytime drama, albeit one with intimidating professional polish. IMDb listing.

Mean Girls (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - If you liked the 2004 version, you almost can't help but enjoy this latest one, because it's the same movie, albeit with songs. IMDb listing.

Migration (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - Illumination's goofy animated comedy is a well-executed lark with all the expected, family-friendly Life Lessons in place, if one boasting funnier second bananas than we're generally treated to. IMDb listing.

Mother (R; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

Museum Alive! (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Putnam.org.

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.

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

Oppenheimer (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It would be easy to describe Christopher Nolan's latest as three hours of esoteric fun if, despite its intellectual and even tragic leanings, it weren't also fun in so many other ways. IMDb listing.

Ordinary Angels (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Hilary Swank is treated to a winning showcase – even if this true-life drama, like so much on the performer's résumé, doesn't particularly deserve her. IMDb listing.

Past Lives (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Despite the familiar, Moonlight-esque presentation and theoretically minimal stakes for those involved, this subtly devastating drama from those gut-punch perpetrators at A24 emerges as a true original. IMDb listing.

The Peasants (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

Perfect Days (PG; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

Poor Things (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Yorgos Lanthimos' eagerly anticipated followup to 2018's The Favorite is across-the-board magnificent: hilarious, disturbing, thoughtful, and divinely imaginative. IMDb listing.

Robinson Crusoe (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Putnam.org.

Robot Dreams (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Monday, March 4, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Snack Shack: Early Access Screening (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Wednesday, March 6, 6 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Superpower Dogs (G; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Although the 3D is mostly unnecessary, the images themselves are glorious, with cinematographer Reed Smoot, particularly on the African plains, eliciting proper “Oooo!” and awe. IMDb listing.

The Taste of Things (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

Tomb Racers (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - IMDb listing.

We Were Gives These Instructions: Kelly Sears' Experimental Animation (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.) - ICFilmScene.org.

Wonka (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - This musical-comedy prequel may hardly be a classic in the Gene Wilder vein, but it's ticklish and winning regardless, as well as a work that conceivably opens doors for more satisfyingly bizarre adventures ahead. IMDb listing.

The Zone of Interest (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Jonathan Glazer's Holocaust drama is distractingly emotionless and awfully redundant ... and quite possibly a thing of genius. IMDb listing.

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