Bodies Bodies Bodies

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 Black Phone (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - 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.

Blood for Dracula (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, August 17, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Blues Brothers (R; Blue Grass Drive-in) - IMDb listing,

Bodies Bodies Bodies (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

The Boy & the World (PG; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing,

Bullet Train (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - An energetic but tiresome comedic action thriller that might be the new favorite movie for your stereotypical 13- or 14-year-old boy – or anyone who wishes, even for a couple of hours, that they (still) were one. IMDb listing.

Coraline (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Monday, August 15, 3 & 7 p.m.) - Employing extraordinarily supple, nearly tactile stop-motion animation and 3D effects, this children's film is filled with visual magic and I could hardly wait for it to end. IMDb listing,

DC League of Super-Pets (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - If you and your kids are bored, and none of you are feeling adventurous enough for Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, you could certainly do worse. IMDb listing.

Dirty Dancing: 35th Anniversary (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Sunday, August 14, 3 & 7 p.m.; Marcus Sycamore Cinemas: Sunday, August 14, and Wednesday, August 17, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing,

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: 40th Anniversary(PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - In Steven Spielberg's sci-fi miracle from 1982, there isn't a scene in which the chiuld stars aren't completely focused, empathetic, and compelling. IMDb listing,

Easter Sunday (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - I guess it's a sign of cultural progress that Diane Keaton is nowhere in sight, and Filipinos now have a terrible dysfunctional-family comedy of their very own – and a holiday-themed one, to boot. IMDb listing.

Elvis (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, 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.

Fall (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Blue Grass Drive-in) - IMDb listing,

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

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

His Girl Friday (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing,

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

Inu-oh (not ratedl Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing,

Je Tu Il Elle (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall: Thursday, August 18, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing,

Jurassic World Dominion (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline) - 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.

Karthikeya 2 (not ratedl Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing,

Laal Singh Chadda (Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Macherla Niyojakavargam (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing,

Mack & Rita (PG-13; Regal Moline) - IMDb listing,

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (PG; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - A largely stop-motion-animated work that retains all the charm and hilarity of the shorts yet gives the title character, and the director/co-creator himself, an immeasurably wider canvas on which to paint and play. IMDb listing.

Marie Antoinette (PG-13; FilmScene on the Ped Mall Rooftop: Sunday, August 14, 8:30 p.m.) - IMDb listing,

Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - The only things I actively remember from this animated franchise extender were the hilarious antics of Minions Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto, and I barely remember them at all. IMDb listing.

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (PG; Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - In lesser hands, this Brit-com might have been unbearable, but bginning with charming lead Lesley Manville's, lesser hands are absolutely not in evidence. IMDb listing.

National Lampoon's Animal House (R; Blue Grass Drive-in) - IMDb listing,

Nope (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - If Jordan Peele is less generous than usual with the stinging social commentary here, he also hasn't previously delivered this kind of hilarious, nerve-shredding, blockbuster-scaled fun. IMDb listing.

Raksha Bandhan (not ratedl Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing,

RiffTrax Live: The Return of the Swamp Thing (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Thursday, August 18, 7 p.m.) - FathomEvents,com.

Scoob! (PG; Regal Moline: Tuesday, August 16, and Wednesday, August 17, noon) - While I couldn't remember much of the storyline an hour after the film ended, I was amazed at just how many of its throwaway bits stuck in my head and made me smile. IMDb listing,

The Secret Life of Pets (PG; Regal MolineL Tuesday, August 16, and Wednesday, August 17, noon) - Its pluses mirror those of many 21st Century efforts of its kind – sensational animation, a zippy pace, famous comedians voicing animals, yadda yadda – yet it’s hard not to see directors Yarrow Cheney’s and Chris Renaud’s outing as a bit of a blown opportunity. 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.

Thor: Love & Thunder (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Taiki Waititi's comic-book adventure delivers a half-dozen-or-so moments that are thoroughly enjoyable, even in reflection. If it were a better movie, you wouldn't be able to pinpoint them quite so definitively. 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, 61 Drive-in Theatre, 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.

Twister (PG-13; 61 Drive-in Theatre) - IMDb listing,

Vengeance (R; Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - A fnatastically entertaining comedy thriller set in West Texas, B.J. Novak's exploration of presumed heartlessness winds up displaying a heart as big as, well … . You know. IMDb listing.

Where the Crawdads Sing (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Blue Grass Drive-in, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - I have friends who swear by the book's greatness, but onscreen, this marshland mystery feels like what you'd get if John Grisham and Nicholas Sparks had a baby and promptly dropped it on its head. IMDb listing.

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

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