While I didn't share my nine-year-old friend's enthusiasm, writer/director Emma Tammi's outing just may be the ideal horror-movie introduction for pre-teens – though if you catch it at our local cineplex, I might advise skipping the trailers.

In a program held in collaboration with Azubuike African American Council for the Arts and in conjunction with the venue's current exhibition Art & Activism at Tougaloo College, the hour-long documentary Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett will enjoy a November 9 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, the Mid-America Emmy-nominated film highlighting the story of its titular artist and activist.

Move over, Gilligan: There’s a new three-hour tour that’s more popular than yours.

It's routinely said that what matters isn't the actual length of a movie, but rather how long a movie feels. Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese's genre-blending tale of systemic murder set in early-20th-century Oklahoma, runs just slightly under three-and-a-half hours. Unlike Scorsese's 2019 The Irishman, however, which lasted about five minutes longer, his latest epic crime drama feels like three-and-a-half hours.

Lauded by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a "tribute to the transforming power of books" and by The Oregonian for its "memorable set pieces [that] illuminate the world around this subdued romantic triangle," Dai Sijie's 2002 Franco-Chinese film Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress will enjoy a November 2 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, the romantic drama an awards nominee with the Golden Globes, the National Board of Review, and the Cannes Film Festival.

Presented as a partnership with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, the October 28 screening of An Infantryman from Hero Street will find local Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films sharing their moving new documentary with patrons at the Davenport Public Library's Eastern Avenue branch, this fourth work in the Hero Street series followed by a question-and-answer session with the area talents.

I never imagined that the sensational Asteroid City would merely rank as Wes Anderson's fifth-finest achievement of 2023.

Lauded by The Observer as an "unabashedly feel-good memoir" and by The Digital Fix as "a brilliantly performed, delicately written family drama that is a delight to watch," writer/director Kenneth Branagh's Belfast serves as the fourth offering in the Bettendorf Public Library's Global Gathering Ireland film series, the October 25 screening treating audiences to a crowd-pleasing critical hit that earned seven 2021 Academy Award nominations and won for Branagh's original screenplay.

Presenting a free screening of one of the most popular, awarded, influential, and terrifying fright films ever made, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will celebrate the approach of Halloween with a John Deere Auditorium showing of 1973's original The Exorcist, director William Friedkin's and author William Peter Blatty's tale of supernatural horror, and a legitimate cinematic classic that, adjusted for inflation, is the ninth highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. and the top-grossing R-rated film of all time.

I so should've known better, but I was really looking forward to The Exorcist: Believer, and for the simple reason that the trailer creeped me the eff out.