By this point in his career, it goes without saying that Denzel Washington has nothing left to prove as an actor – and wow but I've been enjoying his recent nothing-to-prove performances.

Lauded by Baltimore magazine as "the very essence of a simple story beautifully told," the three-time Academy Award nominee Brooklyn, on September 13, serves as the first screening in the Bettendorf Public Library's Global Gathering Ireland film series, this charming romance starring Saoirse Ronan praised by NPR's Claudia Puig as "one of the best films ever made about leaving one's homeland in search of a better life."

In an early episode of The West Wing, White House Press Secretary CJ Cregg references a visiting Middle Eastern royal with 38 wives: “Imagine being the girl he dated that he didn't marry.” That quote came to me following my screening of Liam Neeson's new revenge thriller Retribution, because good Lord – if these are the projects the star keeps accepting, can you imagine how bad the ones he turns down must be?

A 2013 Cannes Film Festival prize winner also nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language at the 2015 British Academy Film Awards, writer/director Ritesh Batra's Hindi-language drama The Lunchbox enjoys a September 7 screening at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, with The Telegraph lauding the movie for being "as much a moving and muted love story as it is an evocative portrayal of loneliness."

A biographical sports drama, triumph-of-the-underdog crowd-pleaser, and video-game “adaptation” all rolled into one, director Neill Blomkamp's Gran Turismo opens this upcoming Friday – though if you reside in the Quad Cities, it's understandable if you thought it actually opened several weeks prior.

In both form and practice, the movie might frequently remind you of Ridley Scott's Alien, John Carpenter's The Thing, and Joe Carnahan's The Grey, which remains the finest of the gazillions of macho-badass thrillers clogging Liam Neeson's resume. It's unfortunate that Øvredal's handsomely produced, fiercely acted endeavor isn't half as scary as those aforementioned titles.

Held in tandem with the weekend's Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival and Rock Island's annual Family Fun Day, the August 19 Pulling Focus Black Film Festival's Winner's Showcase finds the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts partnering with Polyrhythms and the MLK Center for the first time in this celebration of African American and Black Diasporic voices.

Are we to make anything of the fact that, at one point during the extended action climax of Meg 2: The Trench, star Jason Statham literally jumps a shark?

Held in conjunction with the Davenport venue's current exhibition Los Desconocidos: The Migrant Quilt Project, the "Quilts" episode of PBS' Craft in America will be screened on August 17, offering guests a chance to learn about contemporary quilters from diverse traditions as we celebrate the important role quilts have played in our country’s story.

If you take one step beyond the promise of Haunted Mansion's cast and ask yourself “Are these distinctive talents going to blend?”, you'll have some idea of the inherent disappointment in director Justin Simien's “adaptation” of the popular theme-park attraction.