Cry Macho

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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Blue Bayou (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

Candyman (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - A horror film of too many ideas, but those ideas are worthy ones, the pacing and performances are consistently sharp, and director Nia DaCosta creates the kinds of images that are quickly, perhaps irrevocably, seared into memory. IMDb listing.

The Capote Tapes (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

The Card Counter (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, FilmScene at the Chauncey) - Paul Schrader's hypnotic, sometimes thrillingly intense exploration of some of his favorite artistic themes – obsession, addiction, guilt, redemption – is such a singularly arresting achievement that it's easy to sail past its structural and performance flaws. IMDb listing.

Citizen Kane: 80th Anniversary (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Sunday, September 19, 3 & 7 p.m., and Wednesday, September 22, 7 p.m.) - If forced to have only one film on a desert island, it's gotta be this 1941 Orson Welles masterwork whose lofty reputation tends to overshadow it also being one of the most wildly entertaining movies ever made. IMDb listing.

CODA (PG-13; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Sunday, September 19, 4 p.m.) - This drama about the teen child of deaf parents is pleasant and amiable and watchable. It just isn't very good. IMDb listing.

Copshop (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline) - IMDb listing.

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

Don't Breathe 2 (R; Regal Moline) - This horror sequel isn't a lot of fun, to be sure, but it's crafty and admirably repellant, and boasts another tremendous portrayal by Stephen Lang. IMDb listing.

The Falconer (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, September 22, 7:15 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Forever Golden: A Celebration of the Golden Girls! (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Tuesday, September 21, 7 p.m.) - FathomEvents.com.

Free Guy (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Shawn Levy's video-game action comedy is a brainy, imaginative, unexpectedly touching Hollywood blockbuster that, in a refreshing change of pace, isn't trying to overpower us. IMDb listing.

The Green Knight (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Though based on a 14th-century poem and set in period, this Arthurian adventure is unmistakably modern, and so thrillingly moody and enigmatic that it's bound to piss off as many viewers as it entrances. IMDb listing.

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

Jungle Cruise (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Disney's family adventure is mostly a hoot – a ride turned into a movie turned back into a ride. IMDb listing.

Jurassic Park (PG-13; 61 Drive-in Theatre) - Even after innumerable viewings, Spielberg's dinosaur classic is worth revisiting for the subtle grace notes that set off your involuntary-giggle reflex. IMDb listing.

Language Lessons (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

A League of Their Own (PG; 61 Drive-in Theatre) - IMDb listing.

Malignant (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - A mostly ludicrous horror flick, but with less than a half-hour to go, screenwriter Akela Cooper finally unleashes the movie's narrative coup de grâce, and it is a doozy – a twist so off-the-charts nutty yet visually and thematically audacious that my jaw dropped. IMDb listing.

Ms. Purple (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Saturday, September 18, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Night House (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - David Bruckner's fright film is quite effective as low-rent psychological horror. but its star RebeccaHall brings it closer to art. IMDb listing.

PAW Patrol: The Movie (G; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - I saw the movie with a seven-year-old pal, and a grand time – well, a good time – was had by all. IMDb listing.

Promare (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Sunday, September 19, 3 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Queenpins (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - This marginal and meandering comedy delivers more smiles that genuine laughs, but the cast, Paul Walter Hauser especially, keeps things delightful throughout. IMDb listing.

Raining in the Mountain (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Thursday, September 23, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Raya & the Last Dragon (PG; 61 Drive-in Theatre) - Just about everything in this animated adventure is completely passable but sadly lacking in spontaneity and surprise. IMDb listing.

Respect (PG-13; Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Mostly lackluster as an Aretha Franklin bio-pic, but lord almighty – those songsIMDb listing.

Scary Movie (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, September 22, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

Shang-Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Marvel Studios' latest is prototypical origin-story world-building to its teeth, but it isn't entirely unenjoyable. IMDb listing.

Show Me the Father (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Storm Lake (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

The Suicide Squad (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It's almost inarguably a stronger piece of work than DC Films' five-year-old predecessor, yet instead of finding ways to make the “old” movie better, James Gunn appears merely to have found ways to make a Guardians of the Galaxy flick gorier. IMDb listing.

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