Halloween

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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Bad Times at the El Royale (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Writer/director Drew Goddard is doing an impersonation of early-to-mid-'90s Quentin Tarantino, and until the film's final half hour or so, he pulls off the ruse rather spectacularly. IMDb listing.

The Bookshop (PG; FilmScene) – IMDb listing.

Bugs! (not rated; Putnam Museum) – The 3D effects make the film's creepy-crawly world pop in enjoyable fashion, and the bugs' life-and-death struggle makes for endlessly intriguing viewing. IMDb listing.

Carrie (R; FilmScene: Saturday, October 20: 10 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

Colette (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Wash Westmoreland's bio-big is certainly pretty, but it could've used more moments that suggested the period figures on display were capable of spontaneity, surprise, and occasionally sloppy humanity. IMDb listing.

The Exorcist (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Thursday, October 25, 10 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

First Man (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – The Neil Armstrong bio-pic is too emotionally reserved, but thanks to the wondrous acumen of Damien Chazelle and his technical team, I felt as close to the experience of being catapulted into space as I ever want to. IMDb listing.

Ginger Snaps (not rated; FilmScene: Wednesday, October 24, 10 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Even the far-superior original Goosebumps was hit-or-miss, and this one is more accurately miss-or-miss. IMDb listing.

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – Nick Searcy's police procedural is professionally wanting in the manner of many low-budget faith-based films, but it does have its perks. IMDb listing.

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

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21, noon) – Bliss for the devout, while more casual Harry Potter viewers can be grateful that the film is as handsomely produced and forcefully performed as it is. IMDb listing.

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

Hell Fest (R; Regal Moline Stadium 14) – An underwhelming Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Halloween rip-off, with its numerous “Boo!” moments fundamentally unsurprising and its lumbering cat-and-mouse game deathly repetitive. IMDb listing.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14) – A family scare comedy no funnier or scarier than, say, 2015's Jack Black vehicle Goosebumps, but one with plenty of charm, sweetness, and child-friendly gross-outs. IMDb listing.

It (R; Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Friday, October 19, and Saturday, October 20, 10 p.m.) – This Stephen King adaptation that may be funnier than it is scary, and it's awfully freakin' scary. IMDb listing.

The Met Opera: Samson et Dalila (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Saturday, October 20, 11:55 a.m., and Wednesday, October 24, 1 & 6:30 p.m.)  FathomEvents.com.

Monsters & Men (R; FilmScene) – IMDb listing.

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

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Monday, October 22, 7 p.m.) –  FathomEvents.com.

Night of the Living Dead: 50th Anniversary (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Wednesday, October 24, and Thursday, October 25, 7 & 10 p.m.) – IMDb listing.

Night School (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14) – While everything about the film's publicity screamed “It won't be as funny as you hope!”, and the publicity didn't lie, Lee's sentimental slapstick actually delivers more laughs than I anticipated. IMDb listing.

The Nun (R; Regal Moline Stadium 14) – Despite featuring three agreeable leads, this horror prequel is distractingly underpopulated, and the expected “Boo!” effects are staged in ways that make them all too expected. IMDb listing.

Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D (not rated; Putnam Museum) – Given this edu-doc's employment of state-of-the-art recording equipment, the underwater sounds are just as delightfully insane as the sights. Putnam.org.

The Old Man & the Gun (PG-13; FilmScene) –  IMDb listing.

Rushmore (R; FilmScene: Monday, October 22, 6 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

RWBY Volume 6 Premiere (not rated; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Thursday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.) –  FathomEvents.com.

Scotty & the Secret History of Hollywood (not rated; FilmScene: Sunday, October 21, 5 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

A Simple Favor (R; Regal Moline Stadium 14) – This mystery-comedy is bright and perky from opening credits on, dispensing riotous punchlines and even physical slapstick while entrenching us further and further into its enjoyably convoluted plot. IMDb listing.

The Sisters Brothers (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) –  IMDb listing.

Smallfoot (PG; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – This goofy, mostly inconsequential animated comedy may not make anyone who sees it a better person, but these days, I'll happily take a movie that at least wants to try. IMDb listing.

A Star Is Born (R; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – With Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga giving instantly iconic performances, the third American remake of this timeless show-biz melodrama is a tearjerker that leaves you less wiped out than electrified. IMDb listing.

Thelma (not rated; FilmScene: Tuesday, October 23, 6 p.m.) –  IMDb listing.

Twilight: 10th Anniversary (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Marcus Sycamore Cinema: Sunday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 23) – The novel's fans probably won't mind its badness, because director Catherine Hardwicke and her performers are at least treating the material with a dedicated earnestness and delivering the literal-minded adaptation fans no doubt want. IMDb listing.

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

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius (not rated; Putnam Museum) – Boasting radiantly vibrant colors and unexpectedly trenchant insight into the painter's process, director François Bertrand's documentary is a mostly outstanding primer on the master's output. IMDb listing.

Venom (PG-13; Rave Cinemas Davenport 53rd 18 IMAX, Regal Moline Stadium 14, Marcus Sycamore Cinema) – A gelatinous extraterrestrial with self-esteem issues morphs with the world's least convincing investigative reporter, and the movie still isn't enjoyable enough to qualify as a guilty pleasure. IMDb listing.

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

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