The Bikeriders

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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Bad Boys: Ride or Die (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Will Smith's and Martin Lawrence's playful chemistry and obvious enthusiasm for even the movie's silliest gambits suggest that, 29 years into this series, they're just getting warmed up. IMDb listing.

The Bikeriders (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, The Last Picture House, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

The Blair Witch Project: 25th Anniversary (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Sunday, June 23, and Tuesday, June 25, 7:45 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Dinsaurs Alive! (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Even  young viewers may wind up disappointed that the 3D effects don't add much, while the rest of us might also be underwhelmed by the sub-Ray Harryhausen recreations and general blandness of the presentation. IMDb listing.

The Exorcism (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) = IMDb listing.

The Fall Guy (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - The leads are attractive and charming. The action is swift and loud. The jokes are unmissable. And if you spend more than five seconds thinking about any of it, the whole thing crumbles like a particularly flimsy house of cards. IMDb listing.

Flight of the Butterflies (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - A bt 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.

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - George Miller's prequel sticks in your gut and, less expectedly, your heart, despite somewhat fumbling the impossible challenge of reaching the high bar established in 2015. IMDb listing.

The Garfield Movie (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It's not the Garfield we know, but it might be the funniest animated slapstick I've seen since 2022's Puss in Boots: The Last WishIMDb listing.

Ghost: Rite Here Rite Now (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

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

The Goonies (PG; The Last Picture House Rooftop: Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, 8:30 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince (PG; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.) - This Rowling installment from 2009 is rarely boring, but only on occasion does it feel alive with any sense of discovery. IMDb listing.

I Am: Celine Dion (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

IF (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This mawkish family adventure is like a cinematic Etch-a-Sketch that writer/director John Krasinski can't stop shaking. IMDb listing.

Inside Out 2 (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, 61 Voy Drive-in Theatre, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - If this Pixar sequel comes off as somewhat redundant, at least it recaptures a healthy amount of the first film's magic, and even ups the ante in terms of abject hilarity. IMDb listing.

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

Jaws (PG; Blue Grass Drive-in) - Despite its occasional terrors and the ominous, repetitive thump of John Williams' dun-dun-dun-dun music cues, what's fascinating about Spielberg's blockbuster is its almost heretical tone of lighthearted irreverence. IMDb listing.

Jesus: A Deaf Missions Film (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Sunday, June 23, 3:30 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Jurassic Park (PG-13; Blue Grass Drive-in) - IMDb listing.

Kajillionaire (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Kalki 2898 AD (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, June 26) - IMDb listing.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Voy 61 Drive-in Theatre, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - While director Wes Ball's new installment in the rebooted franchise is gripping and frequently exciting and a hell of a lot of fun, what most floored me wasn't the action, but rather the faces. IMDb listing.

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

Pearl (R; The Last Picture House) - In Ti West's phenomenal prequel to his horror hit X, Mia Goth gives one of the ballsiest, most heartbreaking, most thunderously powerful genre performances I've ever seen. EverIMDb listing.

A Road to a Village (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Secrets of the Dunes (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Putnam.org.

Shaft - 1971 (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, June 26, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Shrek (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, The Last Picture House) - This animated monster hit (in all senses of the term) is depressing because it's both smart-alecky and emotionally manipulative, an icky combination if there ever was one. IMDb listing.

South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut: 25th Anniversary (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Sunday, June 23, 4 & 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Strangers: Chapter 1 (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - A reboot of tandard “Boo!” effects offset by occasional nods to the cruel patience of the previous films' set pieces, with neither of our leads engaging enough to make us anxious about their fates. 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.

Tarot (PG-13; Blue Grass Drive-in) - This cheesy horror flick is practically screaming for a Final Destination-like presentation, and as in the outer space of Ridley Scott's Alien, apparently no one can hear it. IMDb listing.

Thelma (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

Train Time (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - IMDb listing.

Tuesday (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - Despite the action growing a tad repetitive toward the finale, this dramatic tragedy is ingenious and playful, and for a full-length cinematic metaphor, it rarely feels heavy-handed.  IMDb listing.

Under the Boardwalk (PG; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - 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 Watchers (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Visually, Ishana Night Shymalan's film is impressive. It's when characters speak, and the twists are made manifest, that you want to bolt the auditorium. IMDb listing.

(R; The Last Picture House) - Ti West's horror-trilogy starter is an unapologetically vicious little kick with vivid performances, a welcome sense of humor, and a surprising number of elegant grace notes. IMDb listing.

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