Black Panther

Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Davenport

Regal Moline Stadium 14, Moline

Putnam Museum, Davenport

FilmScene, 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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12 Strong (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX) – A Jerry Bruckheimer-produced action flick to its marrow, determinedly apolitical and designed to get audiences cheering our American warriors and detesting the Taliban through the most simplistic, albeit effective, means possible. IMDb listing.

The 15:17 to Paris (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – When Clint Eastwood's docu-thriller is good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's abysmal … when, that is, it's not merely awkward and weird. IMDb listing.

Awe! (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX) –  IMDb listing.

Black Panther (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) –  IMDb listing.

The Breadwinner (PG-13; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Saturday, February 17, 12:30 p.m., and Monday, February 19, 7 p.m.) – IMDb listing.

D-Day: Normandy 1944 (not rated; Putnam Museum) – Taken overall, it might be the single strongest documentary I've yet had the privilege to see at the Putnam. IMDb listing.

Dada Futures (not rated; FilmScene: Friday, February 16, 3 p.m.) –  ICFilmScene.org.

Darkest Hour (PG-13; Regal Moline Stadium 14) – A mostly blah Winston Churchill with a genius leading performance by Gary Oldman. IMDb listing.

Deepsea Challenge 3D (not rated; Putnam Museum) – Impressive, but not terribly involving, and it finds star James Cameron a bit unable to stop reminding us who he is. IMDb listing.

Dinosaurs Alive! (not rated; Putnam Museum) – Even young viewers may wind up disappointed that the 3D effects don't add much, while the rest of us might also be underwhelmed by the sub-Ray Harryhausen recreations and general blandness of the presentation. IMDb listing.

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

Early Man (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) –  IMDb listing.

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (not rated; FilmScene: Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18, 10 a.m.) –  IMDb listing.

Extreme Weather 3D (not rated; Putnam Museum) –  IMDb listing.

Fifty Shades Freed (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Part three of author E.L. James' torrid-romance series is serious stuff, and the laughable lugubriousness of director James Foley's presentation just makes everyone on-screen look like a boob.  IMDb listing.

Friday Night Lights (PG-13; Putnam Museum: Saturday, February 17, 3 p.m.) – This football drama is a tough, unsentimental offering, where even the clichés of the genre are treated with unflinching realism. IMDb listing.

Galapagos: Nature's Wonderland (not rated; Putnam Museum) – Director Martin Williams' 40-minute edu-doc is quite fantastic, and not at all the beautiful yet generic travelogue its title implies. IMDb listing.

Girlhood (not rated; FilmScene: Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

The Greatest Showman (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – When this P.T. Barnum bio-pic remembers it's a musical, it's pretty great, yet you can easily imagine star Hugh Jackman standing just off-screen, poking director Michael Gracey with a stick and asking, “Uh, Mike – how about a song and dance now?” IMDb listing.

Hidden Universe 3D (not rated; Putnam Museum) – IMDb listing.

Hostiles (R; Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – A competent, unsurprising Western that's handsomely mounted and gripping on a scene-by-scene basis, with little to outright dislike – the film is practically a case study in getting what you pay for. IMDb listing.

I, Tonya (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – This Tonya Harding bio-pic is one of the least funny “comedies” I've ever seen. I mean that as a compliment. IMDb listing.

Is Genesis History? (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

Jane (PG; Putnam Museum) – A cannily edited, enthralling, fiercely moving treat that's about as strong a family-audience introduction to Jane Goodall's historic accomplishments as could be conceived. IMDb listing.

Jerusalem (not rated; Putnam Museum) – As a means of generating discussion among interfaith viewers, and perhaps especially as an introduction to the city for young audiences, Daniel Ferguson's work might prove unmissable. IMDb listing.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Director Jake Kasdan provides all the blithely family-friendly, action-comedy threats, zingers, and sentiment you'd anticipate. He also provides a shocking amount of legitimate fun. IMDb listing.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14) – It could've been worse. It could've been Maze Runner: The Death Cure; Part 1IMDb listing.

Mysteries of the Unseen World (not rated; Putnam Museum) – This is one of the fastest-moving, most visually resplendent edu-tainments the Putnam has housed in years. IMDb listing.

National Parks Adventure (not rated; Putnam Museum) – This expectedly gorgeous endeavor is also unexpectedly, even thrillingly, varied in presentation: sensationally informative, joyfully inspiring, and even laugh-out-loud funny. IMDb listing.

National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.) –  FathomEvents.com.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Animated (not rated; FilmScene) –  ICFilmScene.org.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Documentary (not rated; FilmScene) –  ICFilmScene.org.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action (not rated; FilmScene) –  ICFilmScene.org.

Peter Rabbit (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Director Will Gluck is a master of offhanded verbal firecrackers and slapstick goofiness, and he and co-screenwriter Rob Lieber, here, deliver both to the nth degree. IMDb listing.

Phantom Thread (R; Regal Moline Stadium 14, FilmScene) – Paul Thomas Anderson's deserved Oscar nominee is the first, and I guess last, Daniel Day-Lewis film to fully showcase the man as the graceful, witty comedian he always appears to be when accepting a statuette on TV. IMDb listing.

The Philadelphia Story (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Sunday, February 18, and Wednesday, February 21) –  IMDb listing.

The Post (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX) – Meryl Streep is great, the movie is enjoyable, but Steven Spielberg spends so much time reminding us of his pro-journalist, pro-feminist leanings than the movie eventually feels less celebratory than obvious, and more than a little pushy. IMDb listing.

Rawhead Rex (R; FilmScene: Wednesday, February 21, 10 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

Samson (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14) –  IMDb listing.

Space Junk 3D (not rated; Putnam Museum) – A swift, informative, and mostly fascinating piece of work, narrated by Tom Wilkinson with just the right mixture of solemnity and awe. IMDb listing.

The Shape of Water (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, FilmScene, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Guillermo del Toro's fantasy/romance/fairytale/thriller is never less than narratively engaging and visually ravishing, yet never quite as emotionally resonant as I kept hoping it would be. IMDb listing.

Stuart Little (PG; FilmScene) –  IMDb listing.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (R; Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – As messes go, it's one of 2017's most confident and entertaining, and might easily reward repeat viewings more than many other far-better movies. IMDb listing.

THX 1138 (R; FilmScene: Saturday, February 17, 11 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

Titans of the Ice Age (not rated; Putnam Museum) – David Clark's edu-doc is terrific: gorgeously photographed and boasting perhaps the finest CGI I've ever seen in a National Geographic doc. IMDb listing.

Wild Africa 3D (not rated; Putnam Museum) IMDb listing.

Winchester (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14) – A ghost story that's standard to the core, complete with the requisite boom!s and bang!s, the adorable, easily possessed moppet, and the employment of a familiar old-timey tune that attempts, and fails, to give us the heebie-jeebies. IMDb listing.

World Adventure Series: The Lure & Lore of Deserts (not rated; Putnam Museum: Tuesday, February 20, 2 & 6 p.m.) –  Putnam.org.

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