Minions: The Rise of Gru

61 Drive-in TheatreMaquoketa IA

Blue Grass Drive-inBlue Grass IA

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.)

***

Back from the Brink: Saved from Extinction (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - This edu-doc would be recommended solely for the chance, for 40 minutes, to actually feel momentarily great about the state of the human race. IMDb listing.

The Bad Guys (PG; 61 Drive-in Theatre) - There's nothing remotely surprising about this animated comedy's storyline that finds its titular bad apples discovering their inner goodness, but it was a treat to listen to Sam Rockwell's readings. IMDb listing.

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

The Black Phone (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This supernatural-horror thriller feels every bit like a short-story adaptation perhaps needlessly stretched to feature-film length, yet it's engaging and affecting and provides a solid jolt of Stranger Things malevolence. IMDb listing.

Bugs! (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - The 3D effects make the film's creepy-crawly world pop in enjoyable fashion, and the bugs' life-and-death struggle makes for endlessly intriguing viewing. IMDb listing.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This animated comedy has it all: brainy wit, gorgeous colors, a touching romance, subtle morals for the kids, and huge, rolling laughs for the kid in all of us. IMDb listing.

Dinosaurs 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.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - If you're viewing an entertainment with “Madness” in the title, I don't think it's out of line to expect some legitimate madness, and the alternately noisy and static shenanigans here barely rise to the level of “quirky.” IMDb listing.

Downton Abbey: A New Era (PG; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - The experience of director Simon Curtis' franchise continuation is nothing if not exceedingly comfortable, even if there's little that's remotely New about it. IMDb listing.

Elvis (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, FilmScene on the Ped Mall, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - There's plenty to conceivably gripe about, but complaints feel moot in the face of the stellar, supremely emotional entertainment that director Baz Luhrmann and star Austin Butler deliver again and again and again. IMDb listing.

The Goonies (PG; Blue Grass Drive-in) - IMDb listing.

Gremlins (PG; Blue Grass Drive-in) - IMDb listing.

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

Jurassic World Dominion (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It isn't much of a compliment, but I'd go so far as to say that this admittedly overlong, overstuffed outing is the most enjoyable Jurassic flick since Jurassic Park.  IMDb listing.

Kaluoka'hina: The Enchanted Reef (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - IMDb listing.

Lightyear (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Even if you're not necessarily awed by the results, it's still easy to watch the film with a massive grin, thinking, “If I saw this when I was a kid, it would have knocked me out.” IMDb listing.

Mad God (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

Men in Black: 25th Anniversary (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 17 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4) - IMDb listing.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, 61 Drive-in Theatre, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Mr. Malcolm's List (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline) - IMDb listing.

Oceans (G; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - This edu-doc is kind of dull, but it's hard to be too disappointed by a film that provides so many extraordinary sights. IMDb listing.

Official Competition (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

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

The Phantom of the Open (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - Craig Roberts' dramedy about the world's worst golfer is oftentimes like Eddie the Eagle with a morally compromised chain-smoker on the slopes - but Eddie the Eagle worked, and so, too, does this anti-triumph-of-the-underdog entertainment. IMDb listing.

Puss in Boots (PG; Regal Moline: Tuesday, July 5, and Wednesday, July 6: noon) - This animated comedy isn't out to charm you, it's out to wow you, and in the end, the endearing little fringe touches are all but forgotten after its nearly incessant onslaught of hugely scaled blockbuster set pieces  and feats of derring-do. IMDb listing.

Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Sing (PG; Regal Moline: Tuesday, July 5, and Wednesday, July 6, noon) - There’s a lot of backstage slapstick and animated animals perform balls-out renditions of beloved pop tunes, but their personalities and aspirational leanings don’t build or even much change, so nothing they do or say is ever really surprising. IMDb listing.

Sing 2 (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Wednesday, July 6, 10 a.m.; 61 Drive-in Theatre: Monday, July 4, 9 p.m.) - This jazzy re-introduction to writer/director Garth Jennings' show-biz wannabes is understandably less inventive, but decidedly more satisfying, than its 2016 predecessor. IMDb listing.

Superpower Dogs (G; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Writer/director Daniel Ferguson provides enough globe-trotting action for a James Bond flick, and we're given just enough information on how the heroic pups pull off their feats of derring-do to wholly appreciate them in practice. IMDb listing.

Taxi Driver (R; FilmScene on the Ped Mall Rooftop: Sunday, July 3, 8 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Thing: 40th Anniversary (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, July 6, 7 p.m.) - In this horror classic, John Carpenter's animatronic effects, with their nearly tactile viscera, produce loads of awe, and also a whole lot of “Ew-w-w-w!" 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; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Had this action drama really embraced Tom Cruise's human fallibility, this corny, retrograde, occasionally quite-entertaining outing might've really been something. IMDb listing.

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

Support the River Cities' Reader

Get 12 Reader issues mailed monthly for $48/year.

Old School Subscription for Your Support

Get the printed Reader edition mailed to you (or anyone you want) first-class for 12 months for $48.
$24 goes to postage and handling, $24 goes to keeping the doors open!

Click this link to Old School Subscribe now.



Help Keep the Reader Alive and Free Since '93!

 

"We're the River Cities' Reader, and we've kept the Quad Cities' only independently owned newspaper alive and free since 1993.

So please help the Reader keep going with your one-time, monthly, or annual support. With your financial support the Reader can continue providing uncensored, non-scripted, and independent journalism alongside the Quad Cities' area's most comprehensive cultural coverage." - Todd McGreevy, Publisher