Civil War

Blue Grass Drive-in, Blue Grass IA

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

Voy 61 Drive In Theatre, Delmar 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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Arcadian (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It's all very Quiet Place-y, barring the creatures' ability to also see their victims, and nowhere near as intense or interesting. But those creatures are goo-o-o-odIMDb listing.

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

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Blade (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Wednesday, April 17, 6 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Chicago & Friends in Concert (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Civil War (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, The Last Picture House, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Alex Garland's rather astonishing dystopian provocation may be exciting, but it's exciting in the way a near-death experience is – which is to say terrifying, and no fun at all. IMDb listing.

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - IMDb listing.

Dune: Part Two (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - A bit more redundant than Part One, but it's hard to imagine another offering this year matching or bettering this sci-fi sequel's levels of scale, scope, and bone-deep, only-in-the-movies satisfaction. IMDb listing.

Epic Tails (PG: Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

The First Omen (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - All told, this isn't a bad attempt at rebooting a long-defunct fright-flick franchise through an unasked-for prequel. IMDb listing.

Flight of the Butterflies (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - A bit pokey, but the slow, unspeakably beautiful explosion that is the butterflies' mass exodus is enough to make you believe in God - or, at the very least, in the gods of nature docs. IMDb listing.

Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, April 17, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

From the Journals of Jean Seberg (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Voy 61 Drive In Theatre, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - I just sighed at the experience, and slumped into my seat further and further as the film continually struggled, and failed, to deliver anything approximating the zippy good times of Ivan Reitman's '80s blockbusters. IMDb listing.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Voy 61 Drive-in Theatre, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - While I'd hardly consider this monster mash on par with the Oscar-winning genius of Godzilla Minus One, but I actually managed to stay awake, and even have a bit of fun. IMDb listing.

The Hopeful (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16) - IMDb listing.

Housekeeping for Beginners (R; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

Hundreds of Beavers (not rated; The Last Picture House) - I have to applaud this grainy, black-and-white homage to century-ago silent comedies for staying consistently clever through its run time, and for boasting numerous slapstick gags that, unlike the norm, actually get more hilarious through repetition. IMDb listing.

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

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

Kung Fu Panda 4 (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This third animated sequel is hardly a debacle, but it's definitely a series low point, and all but indistinguishable from a 90-minute yawn. IMDb listing.

La Chimera (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

Late Night with the Devil (R; The Last Picture House) - Amidst the considerable humor and edgy expectation of this horror-flick scenario, I most marveled at the perfectly calibrated performance of David Dastmalchian, whose Jack Delroy is as solid a calling card for potential leading-man duties as anyone could want. IMDb listing.

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

The Matrix (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare; Early Access Screening (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAC: Saturday, April 13, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Monkey Man (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene on the Ped Mall, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - While the action scenes may be energetic, they leave no residue; an hour after seeing the film, I couldn't recall a single instance of inventive choreography. IMDb listing.

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

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

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

Shrek 220th Anniversary (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It should easily satisfy the fan base that adored the original, but for the unconverted among us, this sequel - its moments of inspiration aside - will be just as irksome. IMDb listing.

Someone Like You (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Sting (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

SUGA Agust D Tour 'D-Day' the Movie (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Superpower Dogs (G; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - We're given just enough information on how the heroic pups pull off their feats of derring-do to wholly appreciate them in practice, with the duties of the stunningly well-trained Ricochet proving especially moving. IMDb listing.

Sweet Dreams (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

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

Wicked Little Letters (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Potty language aside, this is pure Brit-com, overflowing with easy stereotypes, pleasant period trappings, and a heavy-handed social message delivered with the lightest of touches.  IMDb listing.

Yolo (not rated; Marcus Stcamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

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