The Addams Family

Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Davenport

Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline

Putnam Museum, Davenport

FilmScene on the Ped Mall, Iowa City

FilmScene at the Chauncey, Iowa City

Marcus Sycamore Cinema, Iowa City

(Hyperlinked titles take you to Mike Schulz's full reviews; IMDb hyperlinks take you to the films’ Internet Movie Database pages.)

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Abominable (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Despite the narrative holes and the general air of blandness, this animated comedy is easy enough to sit through. IMDb listing.

Ad Astra (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – James Gray's sci-fi drama is problematic, but filled with so many extraordinary elements that roughly 90 minutes in I started to fear for my ocular health, given that I was pretty sure I was forgetting to blink. IMDb listing.

The Addams Family (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – A deeply weird movie, and not weird in the fun way we generally associate with this kooky, spooky, ooky clan. IMDb listing.

Alien: 40th Anniversary (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) IMDb listing.

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) IMDb listing.

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) – A 45-minute version of this past spring's remarkable Apollo 11 doc, but there's so much truncating of the original footage that little that happens here carries any emotional weight. Putnam.org.

Downton Abbey (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – An entertaining reunion with half-forgotten friends, even though it doesn't resemble a movie so much as a highbrow Comic-Con panel in which those on the dais receive thunderous ovations merely for showing up. IMDb listing.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) IMDb listing.

The Evil Dead (NC-17; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Wednesday, October 16, 10 p.m.) IMDb listing.

Extreme Weather 3D (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) IMDb listing.

Gemini Man (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Ang Lee's action thriller is a crushing bore: heavy-spirited when it needs to be light, and so serious about its objectively ridiculous plot that we're given little choice but to laugh at it. IMDb listing.

Good Boys (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX) – What kept me laughing, and surprisingly moved, almost throughout was the youths' utter sincerity as their attempts to look, sound, and behave like adults were consistently waylaid by their being, you know, 12IMDb listing.

Hustlers (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14) – Lorene Scafaria's crime thriller boasts an amazing Jennifer Lopez, but the film really only has two modes: boisterous exuberance when things are going well, and sentimental melancholy when they aren't. IMDb listing.

It Chapter Two (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – As with its predecessor, the best thing about director Andy Muschietti's horror sequel is its murderous clown Pennywise. The worst thing, unfortunately, is just about everything else. IMDb listing.

Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Tuesday, October 15, and Thursday, October 17, 7 p.m.) IMDb listing.

Jexi (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – A pretty-good one-joke comedy in which Rose Byrne performs with a robotically stilted hostility that kept me laughing pretty much from start to finish. IMDb listing.

Joker (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Todd Phillips' franchise offshoot may “just” be another deadly serious comic-book movie in a landscape overstuffed with them, it's a spectacularly engaging and unnerving one. IMDb listing.

Judy (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, FilmScene on the Ped Mall, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Renee Zellweger is frequently wonderful, but this Judy Garland drama is just as conventional, and consequently as blah, as most musician-themed bio-pics. IMDb listing.

The Lion King (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Jaw-dropping technical acumen can never compensate for missing heart, and here, I was never once convinced that any of director Jon Favreau's furry and winged beings had a heart. IMDb listing.

The Met Opera: Turandot (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, October 16, 1 & 6:30 p.m.) FathomEvents.com.

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) IMDb listing.

Monos (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) IMDb listing.

Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) – This edu-doc tries to do too much in too little a time, but it's never less than interesting, and those mega-screen vistas of Egypt are truly stunning. IMDb listing.

Oceans (G; Putnam Museum & Science Center) – Too much is left unexplored, but it's hard to be too disappointed by a film that provides so many extraordinary sights. IMDb listing.

Overcomer (PG; Regal Moline Stadium 14) – The gentle humor in this faith-based melodrama is largely winning, the odes to the power of faith are presented with less aggression and more simple sincerity than usual, and the non-professional acting, overall, is just earnest enough to be charming. IMDb listing.

Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Tuesday, October 15, 7 p.m.) IMDb listing.

Rambo: Last Blood (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14) – Stallone's fifth Rambo picture is odios and silly, boasting wretchedly on-the-nose dialogue, narrative obviousness, and obscenely over-the-top viscera. IMDb listing.

Rob Zombie's 3 from Hell (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Monday, October 14, 7 p.m.) IMDb listing.

S&M 2: Metallica & the San Francisco Symphony (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX: Monday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.)SFSymphony.org.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (PG-13; Regal Moline Stadium 14) – This jovially nasty little fright flick is perched somewhere between Goosebumps and Stephen King's It – though, in a huge surprise for a PG-13 outing, far closer in spirit to the latter. IMDb listing.

Superpower Dogs (not rated; Putnam Museum & Science Center) – The images in this rescue-canine doc are glorious, with cinematographer Reed Smoot, particularly on the African plains, eliciting proper “Aw-w-w-w!” and awe. IMDb listing.

To Sleep with Anger (PG; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Thursday, October 17, 6 p.m.) IMDb listing.

War (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX) IMDb listing.

Zombieland / Zombieland: Double Tap Double Feature (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX: Wednesday, October 16, 5:45 p.m.) IMDb listing / IMDb listing.

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