Encounter

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

Belfast (PG-13; Regal Moline, FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - The overall tone is child's-view fanciful – a rose-tinted (albeit mostly black-and-white) love letter to the formative people and places of Kenneth Branagh's youth – but with added dollops of painful real-world experience that make for an awkward, not entirely successful blend. IMDb listing.

Benedetta (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline) - IMDb listing.

Clifford the Big Red Dog (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline) - In a movie year that has already delivered a pair of truly juvenile debacles in Tom & Jerry and Space Jam: A New Legacy, I found the comparative sweetness and emotional honesty of this kiddie comedy totally refreshing. IMDb listing.

C'mon C'mon (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - IMDb listing.

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (PG; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - The latest retelling of the good doctor's How the Grinch Stole Christmas has quite a few things going for it (Happy Holidays!), even if they're eventually outweighed by the things going against it. (Bah, Humbug!) IMDb listing.

Dune (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - There's so much that's engaging and inventive and glorious about Frank Herbert's world according to Denis Villeneuve that the movie practically nullifies your complaints while they're occurring to you. IMDb listing.

Elf (PG; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This Will Ferrell holiday comedy is pleasant enough, but I would have enjoyed the film a lot more if it wasn't trying so hard to be a holiday blockbuster. IMDb listing.

Encanto (PG; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - The songs in Disney's animated musical do precisely what expert musical numbers always should – they simultaneously reveal character and further the plot – and they bring an extra level of soul-lifting magic to a movie that would already have been plenty magical without them. IMDb listing.

Encounter (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Eternals (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - A super-powered pile of Marvel crap from the director of Nomadland that makes Thor: The Dark World and Captain Marvel look like … . Well, like NomadlandIMDb listing.

The French Dispatch (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - A Wes Anderson release to its teeth, but presented in a literal storytelling style, and with stylistic touches, that make it wholly and thrillingly unique among its creator's output. IMDb listing.

Fukt (not rated; FilmScene at the Chauncey) - ICFilmScene.org.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - It would be wonderful to report that Jason Reitman's sequel to his dad's comedy classic was nothing more, or less, than goofy dumb fun. But if you only smile four times (I counted) over the course of two hours, I'm not sure that qualifies as having fun. IMDb listing.

Green Room (R; FilmScene at the Chauncey: Saturday, December 4, 10 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

House of Gucci (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, FilmScene at the Chauncey, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - Ridley Scott's crime drama has been scaled like The Godfather, when it would've worked far more effectively as a campy melodrama in the vein of 1990's Suzanne Pleshette showcase Leona Helmsley: The Queen of MeanIMDb listing.

Julia (PG-13; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

King Richard (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - This sports bio-pic is one of the rare Hollywood offerings in its genre, at least in recent years, in which no-frills sincerity and inspirational purpose actually do make up for a fundamental lack of suspense. IMDb listing.

Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

The Matrix (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Tuesday, December 7, and Wednesday, December 8, 7:15 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

The Met Opera: Eurydice (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Saturday, December 4, 11:55 a.m.) - FathomEvents.com.

Monsta X: The Dreaming (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX: Thursday, December 9, 7 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

My Neighbor Totoro (G; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

No Time to Die (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - The 25th James Bond is more of the same – and at 163 minutes, a lot more of the same – but with heightened yet human-scale threat, as well as an emotional urgency that makes the old feel close to new. IMDb listing.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (R; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX, Regal Moline, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - As someone whose most laudatory reaction to one of the previous Milla Jovovich Resident Evils has basically been “Meh,” I didn't at all hate this latest one. IMDb listing.

Shiva Baby (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall: Thursday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

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

Sword Art Online: Progressive - Aria of a Starless Night (not rated; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - IMDb listing.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG-13; Davenport 53rd 18 + IMAX) - A mess of a comic-book adventure, but unlike the first film, this Venom does have its moments. IMDb listing.

Warren Miller's Winter Starts Now (not rated; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Thursday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.) - IMDb listing.

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? (not rated; FilmScene on the Ped Mall) - IMDb listing.

Wolf (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) - IMDb listing.

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