Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

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.)

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 (PG; Regal Moline: Tuesday, July 27, and Wednesday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.) - Although I personally found this colorful, antic, pun-filled animated sequel kind of meh, it proved just about perfect for someone just entering kindergarten. IMDb listing.

Back from the Brink: Saved from Extinction (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Detailing how three sets of endangered species found their numbers multiplying through the aid of diligent environmentalists, director Sean C. Casey's beautifully photographed short film is nothing if not inspiring. IMDb listing.

Black Widow (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - In its Marvel-y way, this is about as intimate as globe-trotting comic-book blockbusters get, and when our attention is solely on Natasha and her three makeshift family members, also about as satisfying as these things get. IMDb listing.

The Boss Baby: Family Business (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, 61 Drive-in Theatre, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Despite taking place more than 20 years after the events of the first movie, this animated-comedy followup wastes almost no time unsuccessfully replicating the original's formula to the letter. IMDb listing.

Bugs! (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - Not as detailed as Claude Nuridsany's and Marie Perrenou's similarly themed Microcosmos, but the 3D effects make the film's creepy-crawly world pop in enjoyable fashion. IMDb listing.

Cruella (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - Adults might find some diversion from the 101 Dalmatians origin story, but it's nearly impossible to determine what a child might make of all its retro, allusion-filled strangeness and nastiness. IMDb listing.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This unpretentious, 88-minute nerve-jangler zips along so quickly that you're barely given time to be snarky about it. IMDb listing.

F9: The Fast Saga (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - A work so joyfully ridiculous that when it was suggested that two characters drive their souped-up car into outer space, and then they did, the moment felt as inevitable and satisfying as the climax of Oedipus RexIMDb listing.

The Forever Purge (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Everardo Gout's Purge entry/finale might be the not-bad-iest not-quite-a-disappointment we've been given since all those masked murderers went after Ethan Hawke's entitled suburbanite eight long summers ago. IMDb listing.

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - An action-comedy sequel so totally “Who cares?” that even the Internet Movie Database isn't certain whether its title has a “The” preceding it. IMDb listing.

I Carry You with Me (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

In the Heights (PG-13; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Jon M. Chu's musical, adapted from Lin-Manuel Miranda's stage triumph, is a sweet, touching, frequently thrilling bash that feels like more than a party; it feels like liberation. IMDb listing.

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

Joe Bell (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

The Met Opera: Carmen Summer Encore (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Wednesday, July 28, 1 & 6:30 p.m.) - FathomEvents.com.

Minions (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Wednesday, July 28, 9:30 a.m.) - Question: Is a solid hour-and-a-half of Minions too much of a good thing? Answer: Not really. And also: Kind of. IMDb listing.

Oceans (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - As amazing as this edu-doc's visuals are, its sounds are sometimes even more incredible. IMDb listing.

Old (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - Will Cluck's slapstick is certainly one of the more enjoyably meta sequels I've yet seen; picture 22 Jump Street with Tatum and Hill replaced by CGI barnyard critters and you'll get the general idea. IMDb listing.

Pig (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene at the Chauncey) -  I might give this low-key genre-defier another viewing someday, but on a first one, this beautifully shot and unpredictable film left me thinking it was all high-minded hogwash. IMDb listing.

A Quiet Place Part II (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This fright-film continuation is an intoxicating pleasure, even when – maybe especially when – the tension is almost unbearable. IMDb listing.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene at the Chauncey) - I was riveted by Morgan Neville's documentary, even though my fascination was inherently, and perhaps inevitably, filled with queasiness. IMDb listing.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Syacmore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Space Jam: A New Legacy (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, 61 Drive-in Theatre, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Malcolm D. Lee's animated-comedy sequel is constantly selling, yet the only thing it actually gave me was a headache. IMDb listing.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG; Regal Moline: Tuesday, July 27, and Wednesday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.) - The rare (animated) superhero epic that's a delirious explosion of color, incident, emotion, and absolutely first-rate jokes. IMDb listing.

Summer of Soul (... Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - Given that this extraordinary, historic concert doc seems to truly make analysis moot, you don't want to talk about the movie. You just want to see it, and hear it, and feel it – ideally, over and over again. IMDb listing.

Superpower Dogs (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) - While the 3D is mostly unnecessary, mostly unnecessary, the images in this edu-doc are glorious, with cinematographer Reed Smoot, particularly on the African plains, eliciting proper “Oooo!” and awe. IMDb listing.

Weathering with You (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Sunday, July 25, 3 p.m., and Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

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

The Wiz (G; FilmScene in the Park: Saturday, July 24, 8:32 p.m.) - With talents this exceptional, and numbers this peppy, director Sidney Lumet could have filmed his cast in front of blank walls and achieved similarly transfixing results. IMDb listing.

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